What is a silent yoga disco, I hear you ask? Glow in the dark silent yoga disco originated in Hong Kong in 2014 and instantly made waves in the US. We Aussies hardly need any convincing to pick up the latest fitness trend, do we? Flow Athletic and Stylerunner have brought the concept to Australia and if the scale at which these events are being held is any sign to go by, getting your ‘ommm’ on in the dark is going to be the new black.
This isn’t a yoga class you can drop into any time you like – silent yoga disco is a large scale and quite surreal event experience by the sounds of things. Yogis are given noise-cancelling headphones, enabling you to zone out while following the teacher’s instructions, leaving you feeling as though you are alone, despite being surrounded by a sea of people. That’s right, no need to worry about what anyone else is doing or that your ‘ommm’ will fall short of the crowd because no one will hear it anyway.
Kate Kendall, co-founder of luxe Sydney fitness and Yoga studio, Flow Athletic, explains:
“I’m passionate about making yoga as approachable, light hearted and as unintimidating as possible. I believe it should be fun, not taken too seriously (although tears on the mat are normal and totally acceptable) and a tool that we use to amplify connection to self and others.
“Flow After Dark was born from this idea and continues to grow and grow; so much so that we have to keep finding bigger locations to fit everyone in. It is something that absolutely everyone, no matter what their level of experience, can participate in.”
With this in mind, here are Kate’s 5 reasons to try the Flow After Dark silent yoga disco:
- IT’S AN EVENT
Each event has between 400- 700 people attending and the vibe is electric! I think people are craving soul-expanding experiences like this. And sadly, Flow After Dark is not something that you can do everyday. A lot of thought and time goes into these events to ensure that they have the right energy, are held in the right space energetically and that the surroundings are inspiring. We also love partnering with like minded people who come together with the same aim of creating a really special experience.
- ENJOY SOME ‘ME’ TIME
Have you ever felt like you just want to be alone, but you also kind of want to be around people? Silent Yoga is perfect for that. Imagine being surrounded by a sea of people who all have the same intention as you, but you can’t hear them, you just know they are there. It’s the perfect class to zone out completely and enjoy some ‘me’ time while still feeling like you’re a part of something.
- LOSE ALL DISTRACTION
Cities are pretty busy; needless to say that it’s tough to set up a yoga studio that is completely free of the noise that the street traffic brings. Thanks to the Silent Sounds headphones, you can now Savasana without the beeping horns, screeching breaks and loud conversations from the passers by on the street.
- YOU WILL FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE INSTRUCTOR
When you’re wearing the headphones, you will literally hear my voice whispering directly into your ear to lead you along which almost makes it feel like a private session. You won’t have to look around and strain to hear the instructions as the class is literally delivered straight through your wireless headphone to you.
- GET EXCITED ABOUT TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT
There’s no doubt that trying something different is exciting. It’s also a great way to get you motivated to workout.
Sydney – Flow Athletic will host the world’s biggest Glow in the Dark Silent Yoga Disco in Sydney on Tuesday July 19, 2016. The event is themed Christmas in July and it will take place at the Dockside Pavilion on Darling Harbour.
Melbourne – Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 for 700 people.
Gold Coast – Tusday, 11 October, 2016 for 400 people.
Brisbane and Perth event details coming soon.
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