Review: Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga

Finally found a spa and yoga studio that is conveniently close to work, isn’t heated yoga, has times that work with my schedule, has a philosophy I like, and envelops me in a feeling of luxurious peace when I enter.

Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga in Roseville.

Luxurious is the word that comes to mind when you walk into Serenity Spa.  From the Chinese espresso wood floors, the plush velvet and silk jewel-toned drapes, the platinum metallic moldings, the soothing-to-the-eyes paints on the 14-foot high ceilings, to the lotus flower shaped lamps that stud the floors and tables throughout the spa, “luxury” and “pampering” are both promised and delivered.

I went in a few weeks ago to redeem my Birthday Ritual spa package http://serenityspaonline… (check in on yelp for $10 off a package over $50!)  It had been a long time since I had pampered myself…not since before my children were born, so easily nine years.  The package consisted of a 30 minute Lavender/Eucalyptus foot treatment and a one-hour Swedish Massage, given to me by Amber, a wonderful redheaded lady with whom I connected instantly, a one-hour Specialized Spa Facial given by Kelly, who was calm and competent, and who was able to quickly accommodate my extremely sensitive face, ending with a spa lunch in the Zen room (see my pics).   The whole experience was incredible, no missteps, and I left the place feeling rejuvenated and at complete peace.  Their practice of ayurvedic principles seem true to the philosophy and I look forward to trying out some of their other packages.

I also bought the 10 sessions for $10 yoga trial package: they offer yoga classes and community (read: free) meditation at Soul Yoga, which is in the next building in the same parking lot.  I attended a meditation and yoga class there last week and was again impressed by the care with which the studio was decorated and furnished.  The studio provided mats and blankets for the practitioners (two stacked mats per person…yoga on these is perfect.)

And the best part?  They are opening a location at the Palladio (Folsom) in October 2013, which makes it even more accessible for me.  Their memberships/options will be transferrable between locations.

Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga
3984 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 797-8550

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Review: Anthropologie

Come Armageddon, and the only choice I have is to hide out in a store, I would pick Anthropologie.  Come to think of it, I wouldn’t wait for Armageddon…I would move in tonight, if they’d let me.  Hmmm.  I wonder how good their closing procedures are.  I have loved this store ever since I walked into their flagship store in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, oh so many moons ago.  I was on a business trip, and this store was a few minutes away from Market street…and I walked in and I was in love.  And I have stayed in love all through the years, purchasing clothes, shoes, home accessories, gifts for staff, paging through their catalogs which look like art house books…The beauty of the clothing they carry?  Like jewels, they are precious, seem so individual and eclectic…and no matter my size (which has ranged through the size spectrum over the years, pre- and post-kids!), I am always able to find something to fit me, which will also look divine.  Anthro has inspired me to veer out of my comfort range in clothing…find my inner hippie, yet keep it professional enough for the corporate career I find myself in.  And I never get rid of my Anthro clothing.  Can’t bring myself to do it.

I recently walked into the local branch in Roseville and left with more jewels for my collection.  One day, I hope to introduce my daughter to this mecca.  

And watch her eyes widen the way mine did…the first time.

Anthropologie
1182 Roseville Pkwy
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 789-9100