Steps away from the dinging slot machines, a serene silence fell over 200-some people sprawled out on yoga mats inside a Red Rock Resort nightclub Sunday morning.
Brightly colored yoga attire and mats lit up the wood-paneled space, which opens into the pool area, where more yogis congregated — donning sunscreen, of course. It didn’t matter if the yoga instructor, Dray Gardner, was beyond their sight of vision. They all wore glowing-blue, wireless headsets streaming soft tunes and Gardner’s melodic voice as he guided them through various yoga moves.
“Head toward me, feet toward pool,” Gardner said, as he surveyed his students from atop a stage. “Yoga is a union — mind, body and spirit. You’re never too broken, never too sick to do yoga.”
For the next 75 minutes, a sea of limbs twisted in unison to emulate poses such as the “downward dog,” “fallen angel,” “battered crow” and “F-16.” Participants’ skin glistened with sweat and their legs occasionally wobbled, but no one uttered a word except Gardner.
That’s the point of Silent Savasana, the new yoga concept that debuted four months ago at a Summerlin park: Listening to instructions and music through headphones helps yogis get in the zone without the distraction of ambient noise around them. In essence, it gives the illusion of a private yoga session. Continue reading >>