Las Vegas venture'' s twist on yoga is gaining steam

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Mikayla Whitmore

Visitors participate in a Silent Savasana session at Red Rock Resort on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015|2 a.m.

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Guests participate in a Silent Savasana session at Red Rock Resort on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.Launch slideshow “

Steps far from the dinging slots, a peaceful silence tipped over 200-some people stretched out on yoga mats inside a Red Rock Resort bar Sunday early morning.

Vibrantly colored yoga attire and mats brightened the wood-paneled space, which opens into the swimming pool area, where more yogis congregated– wearing sun block, obviously. 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 different yoga steps.

“Head toward me, feet toward pool,” Gardner said, as he checked his students from atop a stage. “Yoga is a union– mind, body and spirit. You’re never too broken, never ever too ill to do yoga.”

For the next 75 minutes, a sea of limbs twisted in unison to emulate positions such as the “downward pet,” “fallen angel,” “battered crow” and “F-16.” Individuals’ skin glowed with sweat and their legs sometimes wobbled, but nobody uttered a word other than Gardner.

That’s the point of Silent Savasana, the brand-new yoga principle that debuted 4 months earlier at a Summerlin park: Listening to guidelines and music through earphones assists yogis enter the zone without the diversion of ambient sound around them. In essence, it provides the impression of a private yoga session.

“We essentially took conventional yoga and gave it a brand-new operating system,” said Gardner, a licensed yoga teacher, who partnered with Las Vegas homeowners Kyle Markman and Adrian Selby to launch the endeavor in April.

The trio has provided numerous complimentary Quiet Savasana events at local parks, Red Rock Resort and Environment-friendly Valley Cattle ranch Resort since then, Gardner stated. Involvement has actually quadrupled– and that lacks a finished website or aggressive marketing campaign. They’ve mostly counted on word of mouth and social networks.

Yoga mats covered almost every square inch of floor space Sunday. Prior to the class began, Kelli Groskopf, 32, settled into a spot near the stage for her 3rd Quiet Savasana session.

“I like that it’s something different,” she said. “It brings people who don’t always practice together in the exact same space.”

Gardner found yoga in 2006 while recovering from back surgery. After his very first class, the pain went away and he stood up straight, he said. The experience resulted in a profession teaching the workouts rooted in mental and physical health at studios and private sessions throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Silent Savasana has actually acquired popularity rapidly, he thinks, because people are looking for inner peace and an intimidation-free environment to exercise yoga. Participants have varied in age from 8 to 83 years old, Gardner stated. The class music, crafted by deejay Tony Alexander, consists of everything from serene tunes to upbeat songs from the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson.

“No class will certainly ever be the same,” he stated. “Yoga parallels life. It’s about balance; if you fall down, you return up.”

The next complimentary Quiet Savasana event is 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Eco-friendly Valley Ranch on a grassy location near the swimming pool. Individuals should bring a yoga mat, towel and water.

Future occasions at regional parks will cost $15 to $20, stated Markman, one of business partners. The owners hope to release a Quiet Savasana schedule quickly.

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