The beauty of practicing yoga is its simplicity. All you need is a quiet place and your mat—no studio space or other equipment required. But sometimes, a variation in routine might just be what you need to put some oomph into your om. Here, we’ve rounded up some pretty groovy places to find your bliss.
File under “destination yoga”—HeliYoga is billed as the most exclusive yoga experience, and rightfully so. In partnership with Maverick Helicopters, Silent Savasana has created a yoga experience that will take you to a new plane—literally. It starts with a 45-minute private helicopter ride to Valley of Fire, where you land on a ledge. Silent Savasana’s instructors will have your mat ready for you; all you have to do is take in the stunning views of the red rocks, enjoy the absolute silence (well, once the helicopter powers off) and immerse yourself in 75 minutes of a private yoga session adaptable to all skill levels. It concludes with a breathtaking helicopter ride over the Strip. It’s not cheap, but it’s a bucket-list moment for you and five of your best yogi friends. ($3,499 for a 2.5-hour experience for up to six participants, silentsavasana.com)
Yoga in the Sky
If a helicopter ride is too lofty a goal, aim for the world’s highest observation wheel instead. At 550 feet, the High Roller in The Linq is a surprisingly quiet spot to practice yoga. A certified instructor from Silent Savasana leads the class through two revolutions of the wheel for a one-hour class. Each session is limited to six students, so there’s plenty of room in the pod to stretch your dog. It’s a good way to elevate your practice while taking in the view of the Strip. Guests must book at least 24 hours in advance. $75/person with a premium sunset option Monday–Wednesday for $85. One-on-one sessions are also available. To make a reservation or for more information, call 702-322-0537 or go to caesars.com/Linq/High-Roller.
If you think yogis are all about kombucha, then clearly you’re not hanging out with the right ones. Booze plus yoga is a thing, and a popular one at that. Tas Upright, the creator of Booze Yoga, says her approach to the practice reflects her free-spirited and authentic personality. “The idea of Booze Yoga came about while having a drink with a friend. So many friends told me they want to try yoga but were too afraid of looking ridiculous in class or they worry that they’re not flexible enough,” Upright says. “I figured after a drink or two, people will loosen up and are willing to try something new.”
And while drinking and downward-dogging may seem at odds, the combination is actually a perfect match, Upright says. “Everyone is so focused on their practice, they really don’t get obliterated,” she says. “You can expect a lot of inappropriate comments, jokes, burping and laughing, and still get a butt-kicking practice.”
Booze Yoga has invaded Artifice, Velveteen Rabbit, Atomic Liquors, Crafthaus Brewery, Forte Tapas, Hop Nuts and various other spots. Follow Tas on Instagram @BoozeYoga to find out the next upcoming events.
One of the more challenging poses in yoga is the dolphin pose, but doing yoga with the dolphins is as awe-inspiring as it gets. The class takes place at the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in the underwater dolphin-viewing area. An instructor leads the group in an all-skill- levels class as the sanctuary’s bottlenose dolphins swim all around.
And the benefits of such a practice are backed by science: The levels of oxytocin (the love hormone) released by the human body while being near these gentle mammals are significant and comparable to a mother cradling her newborn. This will take your shanti to a whole new level, we promise. Classes are offered Friday–Sunday. Space is limited and requires advance reservation, 702-791-7472.