Sunday, January 16, 2011

Where to Go If You Owned Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire of our time, and boy does he need yoga! If you believe the movie, he must be carrying a lot of emotional baggage in his hips, his heart and his back. Plus, screwing his friends and colleagues over can't be good for his karma. 

Mark Zuckerberg. Image from

The upside of Zuckerberg is that he has about $6.9 bil at his disposal. With all that money, he can stay at any or all of the most beautiful, most exotic yoga retreats in the world.

Here are my picks for boy billionaire.

Uma Paro in Paro, Bhutan

  • Yoga: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow
  • Food: Holistic Bhutanese-Indian and Western cuisine
  • Treatments: Holistic therapies, including reflex zone massage, Ayurveda, facial treatments. Bhutanese hot stone bath with hot boulders and massage
  • Recreation: Hot-stone bath house, indoor pool, camping and trekking tours, mountain biking, temple visits
  • Books to Pack: "Tibetan Book of the Dead" by Sogyal Rinpoche and "Seven Years in Tibet" by Heinrich Harrer

Jungle Bay Resort & Spa in Dominica, British West Indies

  • Yoga: Hatha, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow
  • Food: Carribean, freshly caught fish, breadfruit salad, beetroot salad, baked bananas, grapefruit juice
  • Treatments: Massage,  facial, pedicure, manicure, aromatherapy, detoxifying body rub, honeymoon massage
  • Recreation: Tai Chi, hiking, day trips, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking, diving
  • Book to Pack: "The Green Pope" by Miguel Angel Asturias

Yogamagic Eco Retreat in Goa, India

  • Yoga: Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Scaravelli, Sivananda, Kundalini, Iyengar
  • Food: Organic tropical vegetarian cuisine
  • Treatments: Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, Indian head massage, foot massage, nutritional advice
  • Recreation: Ayurvedic massage courses, swimming, art and music lessons
  • Books to Pack: "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass, "A Son of the Circus" by John Irving and "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy

Esalen Institute in California, USA

  • Yoga: Hatha, Anusasra, Raja, Tantra, Chinese Yoga, Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar
  • Food: Vegan, vegetarian and meat cuisine, mainly organic, much grown on site
  • Treatments: Swedish massage, wellness/stress management massage
  • Recreation: Arts Center, Big Sur National Park, hot springs, night swimming, massage training
  • Books to Pack: "Confessions of an English Opium Eater" by Thomas de Quincey and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson

Santa Maria del Sole in Puglia, Italy

  • Yoga: Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kirtan
  • Food: Macrobiotic, homemade organic pasta, pizza, cheese from the surrounding region
  • Recreation: Swimming, hiking, horseback riding, day trips to the sea
  • Books to Pack: "Peace is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh and "A Walk in the Dark" by Gianrico Carofiglio

Look for these books in National Bookstore!

Source: Taschen Great Yoga Retreats

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