5 Secret Health Benefits Of Yoga

New studies show that health benefits of yoga are quite impressive! Get a $50 package at Exhale during Spa Week!

Photo By Mish Sukharev via flickr.com

Photo By Mish Sukharev via flickr.com

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of yoga like improved flexibility, a leaner body and calmer mind, but you may not know just how far the perks go. In fact, new science has shown that yoga helps a multitude of common ailments that seem entirely unrelated.

After learning about yoga’s secret powers, we weren’t surprised that celebrities are so obsessed with the workout. And we’re going to let you in on another secret – celebs love practicing yoga at Exhale spas! Everyone from Cameron Diaz to Kate Hudson to Heidi Klum and more frequent this ultra-luxe location to get their yoga fix. So while we’re at it we’ll tell you the biggest (and most exciting) secret of all!

During Spa Week, from April 21-27, you can rub elbows with the stars and get the celebrity treatment at Exhale spas for just $50! Visit any one of Exhale’s five Spa Week locations, and you can reap the benefits of yoga with a 2 or 3 Pack of Mind Body Classes. Read up on all the potential perks of practicing yoga, and be sure to book your Spa Week appointment at an Exhale near you before everyone gets in on the secret!

Boosts Immunity – A recent study found that yoga boosts immunity at the cellular level, and improves how your body reacts to immune system attacks.

Eases Menstrual Cramps – Yoga minimizes cramps by stretching the muscles responsible for discomfort. Bonus – yoga is thought to reduce irritation during that time of the month!

Improves Posture – Bad posture can cause a plethora of issues like back pain and soreness. Posture is supported by strong muscles and body habits, which are both improved with yoga.

Relieves Migraines – Practicing the headstand pose called sirsasana improves oxygen flow to the brain, which can relieve the pain caused by a migraine. A new study found that people who practiced yoga for three months suffered from fewer migraines.

Increases Sleep – Yoga is such a powerful sleeping aid that a Harvard Medical School study used the practice to treat insomniacs. The benefits included better sleep and added energy during the day.

Exhale – Atlanta

  • 3 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your Body with your Choice of 2 of Exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion and Yoga Classes
  • Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure Package including Full-Service Nail Therapy with Ginger-Infused Lotion, Organic Lavender Foot Scrub Exfoliation and Smoothing Organic Heel Balm
  • Brow Consultation, Shaping and Tinting (Excluding Alessandra)

Exhale – Back Bay

  • 3 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your Body with your Choice of 2 of Exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion and Yoga Classes
  • Sircuit Smart Facial Peel Tailored to Individual Skin Type

Exhale – Chicago

  • 3 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your Body with your Choice of 2 of Exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion and Yoga Classes
  • Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure Package including Full-Service Nail Therapy with Ginger-Infused Lotion, Organic Lavender Foot Scrub Exfoliation and Smoothing Organic Heel Balm
  • Brow Consultation, Shaping and Tinting (Excluding Alessandra)

Exhale – Dallas

  • 3 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your Body with your Choice of 2 of Exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion and Yoga Classes
  • Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure Package including Full-Service Nail Therapy with Ginger-Infused Lotion, Organic Lavender Foot Scrub Exfoliation and Smoothing Organic Heel Balm
  • Brow Consultation, Shaping and Tinting (Excluding Alessandra)

Exhale – Midtown

  • 2 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your Body with your Choice of 2 of Exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion Yoga Classes
  • Sircuit Smart Facial Peel Tailored to Individual Skin Type
  • Brow Consultation

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Spotlight On: Exhale

Take a deep breath and enjoy a $50 spa treatment this Spa Week at Exhale!

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It’s that time of year again to book your $50 Spa Week treatments for Fall Spa Week October 14-20. Spa like a celebrity and relax your mind, body and soul in one of the many Exhale locations across the U.S. This season, Exhale is offering three of their wonderful services for Spa Week customers at just $50 each.

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Fitness and spa experts came together in 2003 to create the ultimate lifestyle brand – Exhale. The goal is for consumers to achieve the perfect balance of mind and body in a relaxing environment. You can work out and then treat your body to a renewed state of wellbeing: “Revive. Restore. Exhale.” At Exhale this Spa Week, you can be spa just like a celebrity, without footing the unwieldy bill.

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Exhale is one of the only spas offering fitness classes this season, so take advantage! You can transform your body with your Choice of 3 of exhale’s Award Winning Core Fusion, Yoga Classes and Core Cycling Classes, adored by celebs and highly effective. Cameron Diaz, Brooke Burke, Vanessa Hudgens, Heidi Klum, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson all swear by them! Core Fusion is a full body workout but as the name implies, focuses on the core. You’ll sculpt your body and relax your mind all while melting away pounds. Then you can reward yourself with a Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure Package including Full-service Nail Therapy with Ginger-Infused Lotion, Organic Lavender Foot Scrub Exfoliation and Smoothing Organic Heel Balm. At the end you’ll have your choice of traditional or organic polish. If glowing skin is what you really want, go for the Sircuit Smart Facial Peel Tailored to Individual Skin Type. It’s a gentle peel that lifts and nourishes dull skin and finishes off with extractions and a luxurious facial massage.

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Book your appointment today by calling the spa nearest you!

Exhale Locations:

Georgia

Exhale – Atlanta: 404.703.5000

Illinois

Exhale – Chicago: 312.753.6500

Texas

Exhale – Dallas: 214.370.5800

California

Exhale – Hollywood: 323.491.1376

Florida

Exhale – Miami: 305.423.3900

Massachusetts

Exhale – Boston: 617.532.7000

(only offering 3 pack of Mind Body Classes and Sircuit Smart Facial Peel)

New York

Exhale – New York: 212.561.7400

(only offering 2 pack of Mind Body Classes and Sircuit Smart Facial Peel)

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Fad Diets Can Make You Fat

Thinking of trying a fad diet to get into a bikini? Think again!

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We’ve seen the headlines: Kourtney Kardashian, Miranda Kerr and other celebs miraculously drop their baby weight and look (possibly) even smaller then before they were pregnant. They pose in the tiniest bikinis—how apt because swimsuit season’s here and they tout the latest fad diet.

Don’t listen! Fad diets like Dukan, Master Cleanse, Party Girl, KEN and others may help you drop almost five pounds quickly, but once you’re off them, you can not only gain back the weight you lost, you can add on more pounds. In the end, fad dieting becomes a vicious cycle.

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British Dietician Association consultant Sian Porter told the Daily Mail, “…People often look for a quick fix. They see air-brushed celebrities and aspire to look like that. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. We see new health fads and diets every year, but there is no substitute or exercising and a balanced diet.”

Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and Huffington Post blogger, stated when asked about fad diets, “If it’s not something a parent can share with a child, it is apt to be a very questionable approach.”

So ask yourself this, would you let your child or a friend’s child eat what you’re eating? No, I didn’t think so. We all have a friend who tried a fad diet. She was miserable on it, and made everyone around her miserable too. She lost weight, looked amazeballs for a month, and then the pounds piled on. She ended up heavier than before.

There really isn’t a secret weight loss plan.  You’ve got to eat a balanced diet and eat less calories than you burn. Don’t know where to find tasty but good for you recipes? Then click on over to our Food + Drink Section. There, you’ll find recipes and great healthy suggestions on what to eat.

You also need to exercise to burn off calories. Try parking your car at the farthest point in the mall parking lot. Get off one or two stops before your bus or subway stop and walk. Use the elevator instead of stairs. When you get off work, take a walk. It’ll not only decompress you from work-related stress, it’ll also burn calories.

Another suggestion would be to try spas that offer exercise classes.  Here are two examples of spas that offer exercise classes in addition to traditional spa treatments:

1. The Exhale Spa in Midtown Manhattan offers yoga and core fusion classes.

2. Thinking about trying Pilates, the Spa at the Standard Hotel in Miami has a variety of fitness classes, including Pilates, Yoga and Boot Camp.

3. The VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho includes the use of their fitness center if you use one of their services. This month you can get their 60 minute Spa Sampler package for $99 (including tip!).

To find more spas in your nabe, check out Spa Week’s Spa Directory.

Don’t forget to reward yourself for your good behavior. You could give yourself a goal. Something like for every 5 pounds you lose, you treat yourself to a massage, facial or body wrap.

It’s really important to acknowledge and celebrate each milestone you make when you lose weight. What better way to honor yourself and your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle than by treating yourself to a healing and luxurious spa treatment.

PJ Gach is Managing Editor Spa Week Daily, and Social Media Manager of SpaWeek.com

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Celebrate Fusion Fest at Exhale Spa


Happy 10th anniversary, Core Fusion!

The notoriously booty-kicking signature workout of Exhale Spa has been around for 10 years, and Exhale wants to celebrate. Locations around the country will be hosting a Fusion Fest on May 22nd — this Wednesday!

Exhale and Women’s Health teamed up on the event, and they’re offering free classes, drinks, snacks, live DJs and more good stuff, so this is your chance to experience Core Fusion FREE and have a darn good time while doing it.

Click here to see the participating locations and browse the Fusion Fest schedule. We’ll be there at NYC’s Meatpacking location to join in on the fun!

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Exhale Spa: A Spa Week Best Bet!

As the Editorial Director here at Spa Week, I certainly have my personal favorites among our spas. And I couldn’t possibly be MORE excited to have Exhale Spa involved in Spa Week this April! 13 locations across the country are participating — including the brand new Exhale Spa in Hollywood, CA.

Exhale has been a second home to me for the past several years, ever since a friend turned me on to their Core Fusion classes. I’ve spent a minimum of 3 nights a week in their studio, sweating and sculpting with their incredible teachers. While I can go on for days about how amazing the workout classes are, I didn’t end up trying the spa until recently. I can’t believe I waited so long! There’s nothing better on a Saturday than waking up, getting an hour of cardio out of the way, and then treating yourself to a manicure and pedicure, all in the same place. Now, for the newbies out there, let me explain why you DEFINITELY want to grab a Spa Week deal at Exhale:

Spa Week Deal: 5-Class Pack for $50: A single class at Exhale can cost $30 and up, but you’ll get FIVE of them for just $50 during Spa Week (at all locations except Hollywood). The most popular class, Core Fusion, is a revved-up form of the Lotte Berk method (think leg-sculpting ballet moves at the barre, booty-sculpting Pilates moves on the mat, and a LOT of core work). They also offer spinoff versions like Core Fusion Sport, Core Fusion Cardio (my favorite!) and Core Fusion Bootcamp, so you’ll never get bored. Then, there’s also the entire yoga programming to choose from — challenge yourself with a rigorous Vinyasa class, or soothe your sore muscles (and yes, they will be sore!) after Core Fusion with a relaxing Yin stretching session.

Spa Week Deal: Smart Peel or Manicure/Pedicure for $50: Spa treatments take place in zen-like treatment rooms that will instantly leave you feeling relaxed. The Smart Peel starts with a peel customized for your skin type to minimize pores and refine your texture, followed by traditional facial treatments like extractions and massage. If you leave facials feeling like you didn’t see enough of a difference in your skin, this results-oriented treatment is perfect for you. Or, opt for a mani-pedi using polishes from Essie, SpaRitual, and other top brands. The nail techs at Exhale will make sure you leave with smooth heels and perfectly polished toes.

Are you sold now? We hope so. Click here to browse the Spa Week treatments at Exhale and book fast — April 15 will be here before you know it.