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3 wellness retreats to start autumn off right

There's nothing like a gorgeous summer full of barbecues, beach-lounging and backyard beers to make you feel a little, well, blah. So now is a great time to book a health- and wellness-oriented trip to reset and recover from a not-so-healthy summer (no judgments!). Whether you're a devoted yogi, outdoor enthusiast or on the cutting edge of wellness programs, we've got the retreat for you.

For the yogi: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Combine fall leaf-peeping with some serious downward dog
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Combine fall leaf-peeping with some serious downward dog time at this experiential yoga retreat in the Berkshires, three hours outside of New York. During an R&R Retreat stay, you can spend your days practicing yoga, dance or meditation, eating all-natural whole foods, enjoying the hiking trails spread across Kripalu’s 150 acres of land and reconnecting with yourself. Several special programs taught by renowned wellness experts are available each week, from vegetarian cooking to mindfulness training. When it’s time to sleep, you can choose dorm-style accommodations, shared room with hall bath or a private single-occupancy room with private bath. Retreat packages start at $166/night; 57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 866-200-5203,

For the closet cowboy/girl: Travaasa

Need a shot of fun to wash down
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Need a shot of fun to wash down your wellness? Travaasa Experiential Resorts’ outpost in the scenic hill country outside Austin, Texas, fits the bill. You’ll find daily yoga, Pilates, dance and bodyweight fitness classes, an organic-focused spa and an extensive on-property system of trails, but you can also let loose with the pump bike track, the ropes course, rock-climbing wall, zip line, archery, and the famed mechanical bull workout class. And you can eat — and drink — as healthfully as you like. The local-foods-focused menu (many of the ingredients are grown at a small farm on the property) changes nightly and is paired with a killer wine list, should you choose to imbibe. Packages from $250; 13500 Farm to Market Rd., Austin, Texas, 877-261-7792,

For the serious health nut: The BodyHoliday

If you won’t settle for just any generic
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If you won’t settle for just any generic wellness routine, the BodyHoliday’s new BodyScience program (launching this fall around late September) may be for you. Before departing, you’ll complete several at-home questionnaires and send in DNA samples. Once you arrive in St. Lucia, experts will test your heart rate, blood pressure, body fat, lung capacity and more to design a wellness program just for you. You’ll learn about food types that may be beneficial — or harmful — for your specific body, and the resort’s chef will cook healthy dishes tailor-made for your needs. If you’d rather not pony up for this uber-exclusive treatment, you can still enjoy the all-inclusive resort’s fitness offerings, including the 30,000 square-foot wellness center, tennis and golf academies and Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates classes. Nightly rates from $450, BodyScience package starts at $3,000; Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies, 758-457-7800,


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