YO1 – An Experience That Brought Inner Peace

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Mental health is one of life’s most essential yet ignored aspects. Mental health includes physiological, emotional, and social well-being. 

Sometimes, all we need is to disconnect to find inner peace. Staying local or traveling to connect with mother nature is one of the best ways to bring balance to all aspects of our lives. 

In my attempt to find a place to help me disconnect from the current affairs of life, I found YO1. YO1 is a luxury resort situated in the tranquil Catskills Mountains in Monticello, New York.

The word YO1, or “Yovan” in Sanskrit, means youthful. It represents the human quest to attain eternal youth through a complete rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit. The beautiful gardens that surround the place bring a sense of calm. The elevated farm-fresh vegan cuisine is a delight for the mind-body connection. For me, YO1 is a wellness destination unlike any other.

Benefits of Nature-Based Meditation

Meditating outdoors can help increase the production of dopamine and oxytocin which can help you reduce hypertension and oxidative stress. 

Five Things You Should Know About YO1

Access to nature – You have access to water, mountains, and miles of greenery near you where you can take a hike, a walk, or even bike your way and let your spirits truly ground with mother nature. Connecting to nature can generate many positive emotions associated with one’s mental health.

Your daily dose of wellness – Start the day with an Ayurvedic morning routine. Beautiful rooms customized to have a perfect morning kriya, followed by guided meditations, sound baths, and daily yoga classes led by experts that help you regain your physical, mental, and emotional balance.


The food is unique – A menu designed to serve your inner yogi! YO1 serves natural, unprocessed foods that promote spiritual, mental, and physical health. A vegan/vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily made with ingredients sourced from local farms. The food served strengthens your immune system and detoxifies your body.

Customize your stay – YO1 offers unique health programs. Their packages cater to a variety of individuals’ needs. Each one of their programs is specifically designed to support our body holistically and promote healing. Their programs vary from detox, anxiety management, and weight management to discovering your dosha, which is my favorite. 

Therapies – The spa space at this beautiful wellness resort features Naturopathic, Ayurvedic, Yoga, and Acupuncture therapies and massages curated to rejuvenate and awaken the body’s ability to self-heal. Their Spa menu offers over 25 services that help to cleanse, detoxify and refresh. 

YO1 is a dedicated and authentic approach to self-care, healing, and education. I left the wellness resort feeling relaxed and rejuvenated but profoundly changed and more connected to my inner self.