From the helipad of the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, in downtown, the traffic doesn’t look so bad. Fifty-five stories up, our mats are arranged around the outer rim of a red circle marked with the number 15 (noting the weight limit of the pad—in this case, 15,000 pounds—and meant to serve as a target for a chopper as it floats down to the platform). We lean forward into Flying Warrior and gaze out at the horizon, the silent stream of cars flowing peacefully through a matrix of freeways. Starting this month, downtown L.A.’s Ritz-Carlton will offer guided 90-minute yoga and meditation sessions on their helipad for a group of up to 10 people for $3,500. Following yoga, participants receive a 50-minute spa treatment and fresh juice; we recommend the aromatherapy Relaxation Massage with peppermint oil to soothe muscles and complement all that sky-high stretching. The Ritz provides mats and bottled water for yoga; but note that sunscreen and a hat are essential, and even a light, long-sleeve shirt for extra sun protection. And be warned, seeing the glimmering downtown skyline upside down during Downward Facing Dog is thrilling, but may cause a degree of giddy dizziness.
West of downtown, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills can arrange yoga on its 17th-floor helipad for private groups of up to 25 people (pricing available upon request). On a clear day, guests can spy the Hollywood sign and the downtown skyline.