Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend: From skin care to belly dancing | SierraSun.com

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend: From skin care to belly dancing

Amy EdgettSierra Sun
Amy Edgett/Sierra SunThe Hyatt's Lakeside Ballroom opens to a gracefully swooping sandy Tahoe beach, where Wellness Weekend instructor Alyona Aikina strikes a pose.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hosted the third Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend for three sumptuous days of exercise, education, spa treatments and wine and food tastings.San Francisco-based Cinch PR andamp; Branding Group, Inc. brainstormed with the Hyatt to create an event incorporating all aspects of health and well-being. andamp;#8220;The locals are still buzzing about it,andamp;#8221; said Hyatt Spa Director Erica Korpi. andamp;#8220;It’s an opportunity to step away from day to day life andamp;#8230; it’s not just about the pampering, it’s about taking care of yourself and creating a healthy lifestyle.andamp;#8221;Cinch PR chose the best instructors, incorporating wildly popular San Francisco names with incredible local talent.The weekend began with a Friday reception and Mindy Wegener’s Pilates mat class to motivate, strengthen, relax and revitalize mind body and spirit, followed by a warm welcome by Korpi with light bites, wine and mini-spa treatments.Saturday morning found participants quietly performing Vinyasa yoga Eric Ruston in the Lakeside Ballroom, sandy beach and Lake Tahoe view included. After a journey of self discovery, it was time to pick up the pace with a ballet-Pilates combo Balletone class.andamp;#8220;I am so inspired always,andamp;#8221; said Alyona Aikina, former Russian competitive gymnast and certified personal trainer, with a hint of accent. andamp;#8220;I go to work every day excited, like I am going to have some holidays.andamp;#8221; A great advocate of health to promote longevity, keep a positive attitude and feel beautiful inside and out, Aikina choreographs the Balletone class and selects the music.Twenty-plus women (and yes, a few men!) worked through the routine, both limbering and strengthening, to Aikina’s soft yet clear instructions, imitating her sculpted body moves. andamp;#8220;Feels good, yes? Uh oh, I don’t hear you,andamp;#8221; she joked, angelic face barely breaking a sweat.andamp;#8220;I had so much fun, it totally worked the entire body, I didn’t feel like I was going to die,andamp;#8221; enthused Michele Foley, editor of FitSugar.com.For those who did andamp;#8220;bead upandamp;#8221; up a bit, tempting lotions and potions awaited with skin care specialist Marilyn Jaeger of Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio in San Francisco. andamp;#8220;We were looking to add a different component,andamp;#8221; said Hyatt Director of Sales and Marketing Nate Hardesty. andamp;#8220;It’s become one of the most popular seminars, people don’t come for it but wind up intrigued.andamp;#8221;Jaeger is more than intriguing: She crackles with energy as she educates about skin structure, diet, products and inspires with favorite quotes. Much information revolved around diet and how it effects the skin. She recommends eating andamp;#8220;close to the earthandamp;#8221; and warns andamp;#8220;sugar is poison.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;The body is an engine running clean, imagine if you put a cotton ball in it,andamp;#8221; said Jaeger. She was not afraid to talk about poop: In fact, she recommends a andamp;#8220;morning sludgeandamp;#8221; of flax seed and Mona Vie to keep things moving. Fact: Women’s intestines are five feet longer than men’s.Full of tasty trail mix bar tidbits, lemon and cucumber infused water and a cup of robust coffee, it was time to learn the oldest dance in the world with Kings Beach instructor Christine Karnofsky. andamp;#8220;Belly dancing is a woman’s ritual dance, to celebrate marriages, births, since biblical times.andamp;#8221;It promotes balance, connects you with your inner feminine, and massages organs and lymph glands.Then, spa time at the Hyatt with sauna, steam room, hot tub and pool and the ultimate in non-abrasive skin renewal, the HydraFacial. Hyatt Lake Tahoe is an exclusive provider of the skin resurfacing treatment. Designed for all skin types, opt for the DermaBuilder Peptide Complex, a GlySal Acid Peel or the Antiox-6 Skin Solution, depending on skin type. Originally launched in the medical industry, the treatment recently hit the spa market. Hyatt Lake Tahoe is presently the only property offering HydraFacial.andamp;#8220;Because of the success, we have a corporate mandate to roll it out to all locations, domestic and international, by 2012,andamp;#8221; said Korpi.Keep your eyes peeled: The Hyatt plans to roll out another Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend in September. Expect two nights of luxury accomodations, welcome reception, optional outdoor activites, fitness and skin care classes, gift bag chock full of delicious Hyatt skin care products, wine and food tastings at the lakeside Lone Eagle Grille, all at a very affordable price. Visit laketahoe.hyatt.com for information.