On Saturday morning, June 25, a cool breeze rolled off of Mt. Charleston and down Kyle Canyon as the moon lingered over the Spring Mountains. Gathered on the lawn of Skye Canyon Park, 135 yogis of all ages from all over the Las Vegas Valley stretched and prepped on their mats for one of Dray Gardner’s signature Silent Savasana yoga classes.
Silent Savasana offers yogis the experience of a distraction-free yoga experience. Students wear padded LED headphones and follow along with Gardner’s instruction paired with an eclectic mix of music. The headphones create an environment of solitude, and students commented how it felt like a one-on-one yoga class. That privacy gives students the freedom and space to dive inward –as Gardner says, “Silent Savasana is a work in not a workout.”
Ten years ago Gardner walked into his first yoga class assisted by a cane. Nearly crippled by back and nerve pain, the former contact sports athlete was desperate to find relief. While yoga liberated the then 38-year-old from suffering, Gardner’s big takeaway was a new life path ruled by a desire to change the way people feel and how they think about themselves through the power of yoga.
Today, Gardner–who has earned certifications from the Bikram Center in Hawaii and the Dharma Center in New York, is one of the most acclaimed yoga teachers in Las Vegas. He is best known for delivering sermon-like yoga instruction that encourages students to test their limits while offering nuggets of wisdom on self-love, how to let go of the ego and what it means to love yourself enough to struggle, one of his best-known lines.
After the free yoga class that was a part of Skye Canyon’s ongoing Fit Lives Here series, attendees gathered by the junior Olympic-sized swimming pool at Skye Center and enjoyed the music of DJ ToneArmz, along with food and beverages served at Skye Bistro. Lulu Lemon held a trunk show, so attendees had fun shopping for new yoga gear. Participants toured Skye Fitness and Skye Canyon’s model homes.
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