The new year can get unpleasant, in the UK at least, because being sober, bloated and subjected to dreary weather are each traumatic enough individually but January’s unholy triumvirate of all three would send anyone packing. The best way to cope is to do just that and book an escape to lift the spirits, ideally involving exercise with some sort of detoxifying element. Too boring? That’s where Voga comes in. The perky mix of yoga and dance was dreamt up by Juliet Murrell and has garnered a healthy following with calorie-killing classes and Voguette-led private parties. The asanas come from the Vinyasa school and the dance moves from Vogue-era Madonna, all set to uplifting 1980s beats and executed in brighter-than-bright leotards.
This February (22-29), Voga is hosting its first retreat in Goa, where yoga and raving are already intimately acquainted. Seven days full board costs £870 per person, for two sharing, with an extra charge for a single room. Vitamin-packed vegetarian meals are on the menu and guest DJs including Alex Gromadzki and Blonde Ambition will play fun mixes at early-evening classes designed to disband wintery vibes. Guests will stay at the Kaju Varo eco-luxe villa complex in Ashwem in north Goa, known for its sweeping white beaches, fun boho-style markets – and packed trance parties.
Those who prefer Mediterranean climes and Balearic beats can book ahead for the Ibiza retreat from May 14-21 (£750 per person). Expect daily sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, guided meditations and healthy meals. The Christmas bulge should be a distant memory by then but yogi-voguing will refine the situation pre-summer.