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Monday, February 12, 2018

Self-Care Retreat in Bloomington

Categories: General, Outdoors, Shopping

'Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions and self-care. In Bloomington, there’s no shortage of calming and beautiful spaces to help you unplug and rejuvenate your mind and body. Whether you’re into yoga, salt caves, meditation, or an essential oils workshop, we have it all.

Yoga

 

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Maintaining your workout schedule is becoming more and more important to travelers. Or maybe you just like doing yoga to decompress from the day. All of the studios in Bloomington is different offerings including hot yoga, yin yoga, barre, guided meditation, and even hip-hop yoga. Some even offer special workshops around town. 

Vibe Yoga
Yoga Mala
Ekah Yoga
Know Yoga Know Peace
Gentle Heart Yoga & Wellness Studio

If you want to update your yoga wardrobe before class check out Seaview Outfitters and JL Waters for the best selection of yoga and athleisure wear and accessories. 

Floating

 

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be completely weightless? Floating can relieve stress and muscle tension and help you zen out in general. Serenus Float & Wellness tanks hold 160 gallons of water diluted with 800 lbs of Epsom salts which provide the absolute weightlessness. After your float, you can try out an infrared sauna too. Sweat out stress and toxins in a few minutes.

Halotherapy

 

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Visit the only salt air micro-climate in Bloomington Indiana. The Bloomington Salt Cave says halotherapy expands the airways for increased oxygen flow and capacity to enhance athletic and musical performance and endurance. 45-minute sessions are available and limited to 6 participants. The cave is equipped with comfortable lounge chairs and blankets.

 

Explore

tibetan cultural center bloomington
 

The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center is a must-visit no matter the reason for your visit. It is one of the most peaceful and beautiful properties in town and one of the most unique in the United States. The cultural center has the only authentic Tibetan Chortens in the Western hemisphere along with, intricate sand mandalas and butter sculptures. It is a wonderful place to experience peace and quiet without traveling far. For a more immersive experience, check out their guided meditations.

Herbs, Essential Oils, & Crystals

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Indiana Herbal Center is your one-stop shop for custom organic tinctures and tea blends. Set up an appointment with certified herbalist Kate to create your very own. She also hosts workshops throughout the year if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of herbs and how to create your own blends.

Numa Aromatherapy has every essential oil you could possibly imagine. They create their own seasonal blends throughout the year or you can create your own. 

Moon Stones is the place to find exotic rocks, crystals, and funky jewelry in Bloomington.

Sustenance

laughing planet
 

College towns are synonymous with greasy spoons and pizza joints but Bloomington has some delicious healthy and vegetarian/vegan restaurants too. When you need to refuel the options are endless. Stop by the Laughing Planet for hearty burrito bowls and Soma Coffeehouse & Juice Bar for a fresh smoothie or invigorating juice. The Owlery has some of the best vegetarian and vegan comfort food in town while inBloom Juicery is a great grab and go spot with delicious acai bowls and juice blends.

 

Nature Therapy

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You don't have to go far in Bloomington to unplug and experience the great outdoors. From flat beginner trails to moderately hilly terrain, there are miles of trails to hike and explore. Take a drive to Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve and experience a native wetland or stay close to town for a quick trail run through the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

 

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and is the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.

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