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Have you ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of Venus, traipsing nonchalantly over cobblestone streets and practicing the effortless stylish art of sprezzatura, while sipping a creamy cappuccino, sharing secrets with friends? All of this is just after your yoga class. La Vita in Equilibrio takes you to the Italian capital of chic, Milan! Join this week of yoga and fashion, as you explore the runways and alleyways of this clandestine city. Embrace this opportunity, because you deserve something beautiful!
Experience the out-of-time atmosphere at your home for the week, The Yard. This prestigious travel inspired boutique hotel is appointed with salvaged finds the owner has collected, recounting arrivals and departures, each detail representing a treasured story. Luxuriate in the dapper lounge or indulge in the finest cocktails served in their aptly named bar, The Secret Society. Located alongside the canals in the trendy Navigli district, the ‘Left-Bank’ of Milan, this art and fashion enclave is brimming with activity and is host to lively locals, up and coming designers, as well as some of the most innovative cuisines Milan has to offer.
This escape is open to singles and couples of all levels of yoga, and every walk of life. For anyone interested in the mind-opening experiences inspired by yoga, meditation, and travel, as well as a love of Italy, it’s food, culture, and fashion, then this is the retreat for you. You will greet each morning immersed in the elegance of Milan’s soothing yoga studio City Zen, where you will start with a guided meditation and a creatively sequenced yoga class. As you awaken the body’s energy centers, you will feel restored, gently releasing any tensions you find along the way. Following this, a brief sojourn at the hotel will give you a moment of repose so you can ready yourself for the day ahead.
On this escape, your focus is on personal expression. Your aim is to awaken curiosities as you pull back the curtain on the storied neighborhoods that make this city unique. With your personal shopper on hand, you scope out the future of fashion in the Tortona district, experiment with street style in Ticinese, find your bohemian spirit in the boutiques of Brera, and meet your most glamorous self in the legendary Fashion District, the Quadrilatero. Prepare to be enchanted by vintage emporiums and concept stores like 10 Corso Como that fashionistas adore.
Each step of the way, you reflect on the essence of Italian fashion, incorporating those elements that are both timeless as well as transitional to help build the perfect capsule collection for autumn / winter. You devote one afternoon to a stroll through the mythical gardens of Parco Sempione where you meet with fabled mermaids and age-old sycamore trees. During this walking-workshop, you will explore the significance of your astrological chart, how your personal style is expressed through your ascendant, and the wardrobe essentials for the season.
No shopping meditation would be complete without a visit to the private world of the Atelier. Here you perceive the genuine meaning of ‘Made in Italy,’ starting from the sketches, through the raw materials and fabrics selected, to the pattern making and finally the garment production. You will admire archived items, learn how fashion has changed over the years and how sartorial creations remain true pieces of art despite the passing of time.
The rest of your days will be an inspiring mélange of personal styling, elegant luxury, and street side charm. From sophisticated art nouveau decor at Poldi Pezzoli to the Renaissance Fashion Museum at Palazzo Morando to the underground treasures of the abandoned public baths at Albergo Diurno Venezia, you will explore the connection between various beauty narratives and the meaning they hold. Following this, you will visit the grand dame of Milan’s fashion scene, The Prada Fondazione, for a private tour of this iconic and innovative institution.
This escape culminates with a fun evening on the glittering canals of the Navigli neighborhood as you draw from your experiences and linger over a delicious meal and the lasting memories of your ‘Hidden Milan’. The next morning, you complete your time together with a light yoga practice followed by breakfast before you are transferred back to your life with a restored mind and body, a deep sense of friendship, self-discovery, and transformation.
Lisa is a yoga teacher who is compassionate and it is mirrored in her practice and enthusiasm for life. Being a mother of three, Lisa recently hit the pause button on a fast-paced London life and found her home in the glory of the Italian lakes. La Vita in Equilibrio was spurred by Lisa’s love for yoga, travel, and a life-long romance with Italy. Lisa’s teaching approach is a reflection of her radiant personality and instinct. Lisa hopes you will feel inspired and renewed by all the splendor that Italy has to offer and join her for some laughter, release, and of course, a glass of Prosecco!
Jacqui is a story-telling social butterfly with an insatiable appetite for pasta and poetry. A psychoanalyst by training, her lifelong interest in astrology and myth led her to pursue a Jungian approach to healing modalities invoking archetypes and the planets to help you understand this wild ride called life. La Vita in Equilibrio is partnering up with Jacqui and her local tribe of connoisseurs for the La Vita in Equilibrio adventures. You will be sure to stay entertained with her witty banter and wildly infectious spirit.
Known for its sunglasses, stilettos and of course aperitivo, Milan is a city behind closed doors. Here you will find a labyrinth of secret passageways, verdant courtyards, and a network of lacy rooftop catwalks that form a filigree of vaulting views. Here you can find a labyrinth of secret passageways, verdant courtyards, and a network of lacy rooftop catwalks that form a filigree of vaulting views. The ‘Hidden Milan’ is a timeless goddess, suspended between the old and the new, a true fashion and design metropolis where intentional beauty and extravagance sit alongside the sleek and the subtle.
In Milan, breakfast is more than sustenance, it is an experience in taste and style. Cornetti and pasticcini await you at Milan’s famed pastry shops, such as Pasticceria Marchesi in the fashion district, where you will be surrounded by the vintage allure of coffered ceilings and liberty-style chandeliers. You will also take your breakfast style downtown at Pave where their motto of ‘sex, love, and panettone’ is the perfect way to fuel up for the day.
La Vita in Equilibrio believes in slowing down and making time for the kind of magic that melts in your mouth. You will have a curated culinary tour that takes you from the trendy to the trattoria. You’ll be dining at refurbished railway stations, hip new eateries in the Isola quartiere, and at other legendary dining salons that elevated Milan’s iconic dishes to cult status. A city steeped in tradition, Milanese cuisine pursues innovation with elegance and precision.
One evening at flower bistro Potafiori, you will dine with a local jazz singer turned tastemaker who merged her passion for flowers and cooking into a whimsical, multi-sensory experience. You will have another one at Bar Basso, where you will discover the haute couture of cocktails as you learn how the ubiquitous Negroni Zbagliato found its place at the heart of the aperitivo revolution.
There will be time for some old-fashioned pampering. Inside the ancient roman walls of QC Terme, you will retreat into a private oasis where you may select from a number of irresistible spa treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at Malpensa International Airport (MXP), Milan Linate Airport (LIN), or Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. La Vita in Equilibrio will have a group transfer organized to bring you to your hotel.
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