Spiritual entrepreneur to open spa

Deepak Chopra’s ‘Ananda’ center to adjoin hotel in Westminster Promenade

Deepak Chopra, the best-selling author and speaker on wellness and spirituality, plans to open a spa that would anchor a new seven-story, $40 million condo and retail development next to the Westin Westminster Hotel & Conference Center.

The 17,000-square-foot Rocky Mountain Chopra Center & Spa will be on the second floor of the Ananda, Inspired Living center to be developed by Tim O’Byrne, president and CEO of the Westminster Promenade Development Co.

Ananda is defined as “bliss” in Sanskrit.

Another O’Byrne company owns the 14-story, 369-room hotel, which will be linked to the new center by a pedestrian bridge.

The new development, which will be part of the Westminster Promenade, which includes restaurants and theaters, will be built on land between the hotel and the Sun Microsystems Ice Centre. Construction will begin next spring with an opening in the summer of 2007.

The 60 condominium units in the building will range in price from the $200,000s to more than $1 million. Two floors of the residential units will be sold as “condo hotel” units, which can be rented as part of the hotel when not being used by the owners.

The Chopra Center will integrate Western medicine and typical spa services such as massages with the 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic healing tradition.

The center will be developed under the direction of Chopra and his co-author on a number of books, David Simon. Both Chopra and Simon are medical doctors, and Simon trained in neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, O’Byrne said.

“The center is the heart of my life’s work,” Chopra said in a statement. He will be in Westminster on Thursday for the official unveiling.

Chopra plans to give two to four seminars at the Westminster center every year, as well as make half-day stops there as he travels between California and New York City, O’Byrne said.

A restaurant at the Westin will offer special meals based on Chopra’s dietary recommendations, O’Bryne said.

O’Byrne, a lawyer who played football for Colorado State University, said he practices yoga and meditates.

He expects the spa to draw not only from the Denver area but from Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska as well.

Landing a spa with Chopra’s name attached is a coup, said Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp

“The guy has national and international credibility and a huge following,” Clark said. “It makes a statement that this is an attractive market.”

As part of his research, O’Byrne visited other spas, including Canyon Ranch in Tucson and the Golden Door in Escondido, Calif.

“When we went to the Chopra Center (in California) it went so far beyond other spa services,” O’Byrne said. “Because both Deepak and David Simon are MDs, it has this big medical component.”

Deepak Chopra

• Who is he? Deepak Chopra is a popular medical doctor, speaker and author of some 35 books exploring his idea of a medical system based on the premise that health is the balance and integration of body, mind and spirit. He is credited with helping to bring holistic or alternative medicine to the attention of the general public in the 1980s.

• His qualifications: Chopra is an endocrinologist and formerly was the chief of staff at Boston Regional Medical Center. His best-sellers include Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Chopra became widely known through his PBS series The Soul of Healing: Body, Mind, and Soul.

• The spa connection: In 1995, he founded the Chopra Center for Well Being at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The center offers spa treatments as well as programs in mind-body-spirit integration, stress management, meditation and yoga. There also are Chopra spas or centers in New York and Savannah, Ga.

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