Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Escape to shape an alternative to 'normal get-a-ways'

Photo credit Escape to Shape

If you’re anything like me, these cool fall breezes only mean that winter is coming too quickly and you’re looking for an escape. I mean I love fall, but winter just makes me want to cook stews, soups, chili and comfort food. You know those days when it’s just too cold to go for a walk in the neighborhood, never mind get to the gym and all you want to do is…nest? Well there is a magical place where you can escape, enjoy exotic locations, eat locally grown organic food AND get in shape. Where is this mystical, magical place you ask….

Escape To Shape is an exclusive traveling fitness spa and cultural resort, with top worldwide destinations, such as Buzios in Brazil; Marrakech in Morocco; St. Petersburg in Russia; Taormina in Sicily, and Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. Next year promises even more enticing escapes for those looking to get in shape, meet new friends, and experience a new culture all in one action-packed, adventurous week.

Yoga guru, travel and fitness expert and entrepreneur Erica Gragg is one of the founders of Escape to Shape and the co-creator of the acclaimed fitness program Bikini Boot Camp and is the author of Bikini Boot Camp - Two Weeks To Your Ultimate Beach Body. Classes are set to music, from tribal, to lounge to classic rock songs, guests are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Erica strongly believes that each and every person can make a difference, even in the seemingly smallest of ways, and that life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, each and every breathe to the fullest.

Now before you pack your girls off for a pre-wedding week of clean living, this is not inexpensive. This package will run you about $3,000 but you will have 6 days, luxurious 5-star accommodations, unlimited workouts, cooking classes, organic local cuisine, spa treatments and every locations offers a little something special culturally. What do I mean? Cultural activities are reflective of each region, such as Belly Dancing lessons in Marrakech; Spanish language lessons in Cartagena de Indias; caviar and vodka tastings in St. Petersburg and Capoeira lessons in Brazil.

I know I’ve been telling you to save money and this seems like an extravagance right? The reason I think it's worth it, I love this GIVE BACK element available at most Escape To Shape locations, providing you the opportunity to give back to the local community. So maybe you and your future partner are looking for an extra-special honeymoon location – this is a great alternative to the ‘normal honeymoon’. It will make you feel good on every level.

For a complete schedule of upcoming locations, teachers and all other information, please check out their site:


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