The Edge, 16 June 2014 - Yoga on the go

The Edge, 16 June 2014


Gearing up for the gym can be hard to do when you are swathed in a soft bathrobe and the bed is beckoning, but W Hotels Worldwide makes it a little easier for you to get in a workout while on the road. The hotel chain has partnered with yoga rebel Tara Stiles in its first-ever fitness programme, FIT with Tara Stiles, which comprises a curated in-room workout video, in-room tip cards and an exclusive series of intimate FIT with Tara Stiles packages available at some of the most glamorous W Retreats around the world.

Flipping the traditional idea of fitness on its head with a non-traditional approach, Stiles, founder and owner of Strala Yoga, locked herself in the suites of several W Hotels and imaged the needs of their guests. Workouts compose of quick yoga fixes in routines such as Need a Boost for an energetic lift, Feeling Jet-Lagged to relax, Big Night Out to get party ready, and Need to Recover to rejuvenate. "It was the best kind of challenge, getting myself into the fitness mindset of the W guests," says Stiles. "By identifying their needs and wants in a workout, I was able to create four unusual and fun workouts that can be done whenever and wherever."

The fitness programme rolls out across all 45 of the W brand's hotels in the world. For those who want to experience a more personalised and physically intensive experience, Stiles will host FIT with Tara Stiles Retreat packages at W Verbier (July 4 to 6), W Vieques (Aug 29 to 31), W Bali - Seminyak (Sept 12 to 14) and W Maldives (Dec 1 to 4). Each retreat offers an itinerary unique to its destination, inclusive of daily sessions with Stiles, individual fitness consultations paired with a personalised workout regime and spa sessions. Find out more at www.whotels. com/fitwithtarastiles..