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Yoga Month: Three top travel picks

It’s estimated that approximately 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. practice yoga. The meditative exercise, with historical origins in India, is often used to increase flexibility, ease joint pain, improve overall physical fitness and reduce stress — all good things for today’s busy, modern world. So, in honor of National Yoga Month, we have chosen three of our favorite LGBT-friendly yoga destinations when travelling.

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The Mirage Las Vegas

You can always count on Las Vegas to take something great and make it even better. So for its yoga class, The Mirage resort decided to add dolphins. Yes, dolphins. You are not actually in the water with the adorable marine mammals, but you are in an observation room beneath the resort’s dolphin habitat, which has large windows allowing you to see and be inspired by their graceful movements.

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Aruba Marriott

If you’ve mastering your downward dog pose while on solid ground, you might want to up your game at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. It was among the first major hotels to introduce paddleboard yoga as an activity for its guests.  The participants practice various yoga poses as normal, except with the added challenge of staying balanced on their paddleboards. The unique (and presumably wet) classes are held early in the morning, when the calm waters and Caribbean sun help create the perfect Zen moment.

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Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels are big fans of yoga. Many of the boutique chain’s properties offer unique classes, like the hip-hop yoga jams at its Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, or hot yoga sessions on the roof deck of Hotel Palomar Phoenix. In addition, given your schedule and that of the classes might not match up, Kimpton stocks each guest room with a custom-designed Gaiam yoga mat that is available for use at no charge.  And if you need a little instructional inspiration, Kimpton has a complimentary on-demand yoga channel to help you strike a pose.

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