Hot yoga is so last-season – not only because of the weather, but especially since the founder of the trendy hot yoga program Bikram is being accused of sexual harassment. Still, though, we’ve gotta keep those chakras flowing even while we’re on the road, so we’re loving Kimpton Hotels’ more low-key, individualized yoga program, soft-launching in April across the brand. According to our source, each Kimpton property is encouraged to do things a little bit differently, but all properties will offer an in-room yoga television channel, in-room Gaiam yoga mats, and extra towels/flavored waters/antioxidant snacks delivered to the room by request.
The Hotel Wilshire will offer aqua yoga in the rooftop lap pool this summer and a partnership with trendy designer Lululemon. If you forgot your workout clothes, don’t worry — Kimpton’s Forgot it? We Got It! Program will loan you the necessary items. And they’ll be straight out of Lululemon’s Robertson boutique, so you’ll look like a real Angeleno when you go poolside to pose.
The launch of Hotel Wilshire’s new yoga program is scheduled for May 2, so none of this information is officially released yet, but our oh-so-reliable source says that other elements of the ongoing offering will include Lululemon yoga ambassadors teaching the specialty courses including summertime aqua yoga; and occasional Lululemon popup stores. Oh, and if you love popup stores—we’re 99.999% sure the first Lululemon @ Hotel Wilshire will pop up on May 2nd for the launch party.
We’re excited to see how the rest of Kimpton’s hotels get yoga-riffic in 2013. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete with Fairmont – which is already offering some awesome specialized programming likeAerial Yoga at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Willow Stream Spa, and Flo-Yo (standup-paddleboard yoga) at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii. We’re also our fingers that EPIC Hotel in Miami, one of our favorite Kimpton properties, brings back Shake Your Chakra – possibly the best “gal-pal getaway” yoga retreat ever on offer.
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