If yoga is your path to bliss, then your destination this weekend is the Lawn at Downtown Summerlin for the inaugural Om Fest. Taking place on Saturday, April 28, it’s billed as the largest yoga and meditation festival in Las Vegas. Lyndsay Hailey, who cowrote Magic Mike Live with Channing Tatum and currently stars as the show’s emcee, takes on master-of-ceremony duties at the all-day event, which will feature classes and workshops that explore different types of yoga practices.
The classes are led by some of the most well-known yoga instructors in the city, including festival director Cosmin Mahadev Singh, founder of RYK Yoga and Meditation Center. Singh’s teachings are centered around the harmonious melding of the modern and the ancient, taking cutting-edge scientific research and integrating it into the ancient teachings of kundalini yoga in order to achieve greater well-being.
If a vigorous vinyasa is more your speed, husband-and-wife instructors Greg and Susan Holmes will take you through a class that taps into the five pillars of Baptiste yoga—breath, heat, flow, gaze and abdominal lock—and the 12 laws of transformation, which will root you in the present and empower your practice. Other classes include ashtanga and hatha yoga, as well as the principles of pranayama yogic breathing.
The yin to yoga’s yang are the meditation classes at the event, which celebrate the full moon and Buddha’s birthday. Release blocked energy with a gong bath or take part in a Soul Dance, a unique movement experience that allows you to express your highest self. There’s also live drumming with the Red Rock Drum Circle, as well as Bhangra, Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dances.
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The family-friendly event features plenty of food options and more than 30 vendors selling natural products, original apparel, jewelry, accessories, home decor, crafts and fine-art paintings. Om Fest’s goal is not to just to engage the community but to give back to it as well, with a portion of the ticket sales being donated to HELP of Southern Nevada. “Om Fest is the perfect way to bring the entire community together to experience the many teachings of yoga, but to also discover the true meaning of peace, happiness and love as we celebrate life,” says festival director Singh.