Concrete Travels

Rooftop Yoga in San Francisco at Loews Regency

We do more than just run.

If you’re looking to take your yoga practice to new heights, Loews Regency San Francisco has the answer for you. Their rooftop yoga sessions on the 40th floor sky deck are guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted….literally! Top that experience with a fresh green juice and a visit to The Maack Spa for a facial afterwards, then you’ve got the ultimate Saturday morning plan to treat yourself. You deserve it!

Here’s how to make your plan for one of the most relaxing Saturday mornings ever:

  • Contact Loews Regency San Francisco to sign up for a class from the months of June through October. Choose a Saturday morning when you’ll be in town.  Classes are $30 and include a mat and towel to use, plus refreshing green juice after.  Views and photo opportunities are free!
  • Call The Maack Spa and book a treatment following your yoga class. Yoga students receive 20% off of spa treatments booked the same day as class!  Make sure to leave enough time in between to take photos of the views after yoga.

What can you expect on this morning?

First, arrive at Loews Regency and meet in the spa on the third floor. After signing in, the yoga instructors from Wheel House, a local yoga and cycling studio, will escort you to the 40th floor. The excitement builds up as the elevator ascends through the different levels. Part of yoga is finding balance, and once you exit the elevator, you have to balance out taking awesome scenic photos with setting yourself up for class.

After a few photos, grab one of the provided yoga mats, a towel, and make yourself comfy on one of the sky decks. On this morning, the more advanced class was on the south side of the building, which had more sun and views for days of the city. But the north side was for beginners and had the sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Make sure to wear layers as anytime of year in San Francisco can be a bit chilly.

Classes start with the instructor asking about areas of focus, and also if there are any injuries to take note of. Then, the yoga practice begins. Expect to hear the urban sounds act as your soundtrack for the entire class; from church bells, to sirens, to the city breeze as you go into sun salutations. You’ll find yourself being amazed at the scenery, using buildings along the water as focal points as you hold your poses. Nothing quite beats being in Warrior 2 while looking at that view! The teacher will come around to help you in your pose, correcting your posture or providing a gentle push to pull you deeper into the stretch.

Then at the end of class, there is Savasana, or the corpse pose.   As you look up into the sky and see the skyscrapers above before you close your eyes, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace and solitude in the middle of such a big city.

If simply being on a sky deck in a scenic city and practicing yoga isn’t enough, a glass of house-made green juice awaits you after you finish rolling up your mat. Ending an energizing yoga class with an energizing drink 40 floors up is definitely elevating!

After taking the last photos of the views and one with the yoga teacher, it’s now time for even more relaxation in The Maack Spa. You’ll need at least 30 minutes in between the end of the class to the start of your appointment so you can fully enjoy the experience.

What separates the The Spa from others is that each room is a suite complete with a private rainforest shower and all the amenities you need to freshen up. Take a shower and spray the eucalyptus into the water to make it really feel like a spa experience. Then slip on one of the most comfortable robes ever and your technician will arrive to greet you. You’ll slip into the cozy bed…and slip away into complete relaxation.

For the Brightening Facial, the technician starts by first asking about your skin. Then a light steam will prepare your face and décolleté.   The technician will take care of any extractions, as well as apply a Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel. This feels a little “spicy” but that only means that you can tell it’s working. After a relaxing head massage and various levels of moisturizing, your facial will be finished and you’ll lay there in yet another Savasana style pose, relaxed as ever.

As you close up, the technician will suggest products for you, based on your skin type. In this instance, there is a home-version of the Naturopathica Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel($56) that is not as “spicy” as the professional version used in the treatment. Also suggested was theBotanical Brightening Serum ($52), Rose Geranium Soothing Mist ($28), and the Jan Marini Daily SPF 33 ($51).

The time is now noon and you can’t believe how much you’ve already accomplished in the morning. Now, all that’s left of the day is to continue to treat yourself. Your body and mind will feel more energized to grab a healthy lunch and finish up the rest of a great day.

If you can’t wait until June to treat yourself, or if you’re not a yoga person, the Maack Spa at Loews Regency has a great deal on Gilt City for a Classic Facial or Swedish Massage for $85 (39% off!).  Go ahead and treat yourself!

Originally posted on My Healthy Dish

Concrete Travels: The Honolulu Marathon

Wow, I can't believe I ran a full marathon, and I couldn't do it without my CRew!

Yes, I ran 26.2 miles in the Honolulu heat, and jumped in the ocean immediately after.  That was my prize, asides from the medal and the malasadas.  

What's even better is that I had some of the CRew with me so we experienced it together....everything from picking up our packets, to our carb-load dinner, to our victory dinner. We set out on a jet to leave the cold San Francisco climate to experience December in Hawaii.  

For some of us, it was our first marathon, so we needed the support from each other.  We met up at the starting line for a photo opp, ran the marathon, then met up with our Cheer CRew and our marathoners at the end.  It was magical and I would totally do it again.

Now that I've got one marathon in the books, I'm ready for the next....who's with me?  Or...who's ready to go to Honolulu in December?  Let's do this!

- Tiffany, Co-Captain