Bikram Yoga Las Vegas stands out from the Strip’s garish, neon tempest as a beacon of calm. Lungs feel as fresh and clean as a newly laundered spearmint leaf, thanks to an energy-efficient HVAC system that emits purified oxygen and tropical temperatures. Wireless sensors monitor humidity and carbon-dioxide levels, keeping yoga students comfortable as they rehearse the 26 hatha poses that foster strength, flexibility, and focus. Besides opening pores and flushing out pent-up toxins, the heat loosens muscles, helping pupils achieve deeper stretches than they might pull off at room temperature. Flotex eco-carpet shoos allergens as it cushions feet with a surface softer than a kitten wearing a velour tracksuit. After class, students can hit the private showers in elegant locker rooms complete with marble counters and a crystal chandelier.
Dr. King Rollins discovered the healing effects of yoga after three decades of competing in marathons and ultramarathons (100K) left severe wear on his muscles and joints. His experience as a chiropractor, certified Bikram instructor, and Olympic coach guides his transformative-posture sequences, which are designed to challenge entire physiques and reduce the risk of injury. With a team of certified instructors by his side, he implements these foundations in more than 120 hot or temperate classes each week, one class for each second it takes to lick an envelope in super-slow motion. The 7,000-square-foot space houses three studios with P.E.M. flooring that is easily sanitized and serves as a stage for hot-yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes, which include power Vinyasa and boot-camp classes.
Dr. Rollins also harnesses his 23 years of chiropractic experience as he performs complimentary injury evaluations and yoga-posture modifications onsite, ensuring that his clients don't strain wounded muscles. Before and after class, guests can visit the studio's smoothie shop, Fresh Mama's, to grab a healthy smoothie blended with fresh fruits and vegetables or a hearty salad or wrap.
Helmed by Jada Fire and Alvin Tam, a Polynesian fire dancer and a globetrotting acrobat, Barefoot Sanctuary guides students toward inner calm using traditional movements from around the world. In a cozy, art-lined room at the back of Whole Foods, the studio’s knowledgeable instructors lead yoga, belly-dance, and Acrofit classes for students of all fitness levels. Both Summerlin and Town Square schedules brim with more than two dozen weekly classes that, like a meal composed entirely of fortune cookies, stuff a day’s worth of empowerment into 75 minutes. Participants can grab the studio’s complimentary yoga mats for classes such as Vinyasa Flow yoga, which tethers flowing stretches and poses with deep, focused breathing. Instead of slow dancing with boa constrictors, Expressive Yoga students practice serpentine movement, a mesmerizing blend of poses that open the hips and center the mind. Acrofit Power classes fill yoga mats with acrobatic exercises that raise the heart rate, and belly-dance sessions teem with easy-to-follow moves that incorporate veils and finger cymbals. To kindle a spirit of celebration in the snug space, the duo invites local percussionists to pummel tribal drums and giant watermelons in selected classes.
Candles flicker and a fireplace roars near the entrance to Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga, signaling that balmy temperatures warm the classrooms within. The thermostat reaches at least 95 degrees during the studio’s classes, which include flowing yoga routines that strengthen the entire body and Pilates mat workouts whose isometric exercises sculpt the limbs and core. In addition to promoting relaxation, the heat makes muscles more pliable, which helps bodies to explore their full range of motion as they stretch and balance. Pores sweat throughout the workout, removing bodily toxins and waste products such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide. To keep the space smelling as fresh as a mentholated dunk tank, staffers sanitize the eco-friendly floors between each session. After class, students can unwind in showers stocked with complimentary towels, peruse a boutique filled with clothing, lotions, and yoga mats, or sniff each of the studio’s flower arrangements.
Bikram Yoga Westside's 14 instructors all have athletic or artistic backgrounds, which they use to inform hot-yoga classes taught for the studio's students of all skill levels. During each 90-minute session, instructors guide the class through Bikram yoga's 26 poses in a heated studio kept toasty warm at 105 degrees to help detoxify, increase circulation, and improve flexibility. After class, patrons can wash away their sweat in the studio's men's and women's locker rooms, which are outfitted with showers, electronic lockers, and hair dryers. The studio provides towel and mat rentals for students who prefer to use theirs as tasteful home furnishings. For safety and purity, the studio also runs double-filtered water through its showers and sinks.
The attentive instructors at B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center patiently guide pupils through concentration-building Iyengar yoga sessions in the tradition of yoga-master B.K.S. Iyengar. This standing-pose-focused style of yoga helps students gradually develop their posture, flexibility, and stress-relief tactics. During each 90-minute class, stretching supervisors emphasize one- and two-foot poses to hone students' strength, stamina, and survival skills during a chair rebellion. All classes are available for students of all skill levels, since instructors take time to show students how to adjust their positions to provide comfort or an extra challenge, and how to ease into poses with props including blankets, blocks, straps, and tiny training wheels affixed to their heels. This versatile yoga style bestows many benefits on its practitioners, which can include stress relief, improved circulation, enhanced digestion, and more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for women who practice it as prenatal yoga.
With a background as a performer in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and a bachelor's degree in education, Yoga Sanctuary founder Sherry Goldstein is armed with the right tools to unify the mind and body. She has spent the last 20 years teaching the art of yoga to students of all abilities, including cast members from The Rockettes and Cirque du Soleil, and those super flexible kids on the back of Twister boxes. Along with her staff, she teaches beginners to advanced-level students with a wide selection of classes, including the high-energy, flowing poses of Vinyasa and the more gentle forms of restorative and therapeutic yoga. They also host meditative candlelight sessions, which are designed to calm the mind and relieve stress, as well as workshops with guest speakers and yoga hikes through the Red Rock Canyon.