Analee Gale

Silent yoga disco is now a thing – Here’s what to expect

According to the internet, the Silent Yoga Disco is now a thing. BYO chakra, mat and tunes. Ohhmmmyeah!

 

 

Silent yoga discos are a thing now, and we’re pleased to say they originated here in Oz. If you’re yet to have had the sensory pleasure of experiencing one, then here’s what you need to know.

2016 saw the first ever silent yoga disco take place and since then, Australia has hosted another 12 sold-out events across the country. Called “Flow After Dark”, these events have become so popular that they’re now scheduled to be held in New York City and Los Angeles later this year.

“We started out with a small event for clients in February 2016,” explains Kate Kendall, co-founder of Flow After Dark. “But thanks to the power of social media, the concept just took off! Before we knew it we were holding bigger events and kept having to find bigger venues to fit everyone.”

“I’m passionate about making yoga approachable and light-hearted. It should be fun, not taken too seriously, 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. It’s my favourite event and it’s something that absolutely everyone, no matter what their level of experience, can participate in.”

 

How it works

These silent yoga discos are 90-minutes of a Vinyasa-flow-style of yoga, which ensures people of all levels can enjoy participating. Each attendee wears a set of glow-in-the dark Silent Sounds headphones, so you – literally – just hear the instructor’s voice whispering directly into your ear; well, that and the music from the DJ providing the music for the class. This unique setup ensures you’ll never have to strain to hear instructions, because the class is delivered entirely through your wireless headphone – it’s basically like a private yoga session, only with a hundred or so other people joining in!

The great thing is, because everyone is wearing the same headphones, you can’t hear anything other than the instructor and the music, so you often tend to completely let go of any inhibitions, and there are no worries around how you’re breathing or if your “ohhhmm” falls short in the crowd.

 

 

Oddly enough, even though you participate in silence, you’ll still connect with those around you, because you’re all moving in sync and you’re all sharing a common goal.

Silent yoga discos are ideal for yoga fans of all abilities and ages. Of course, being held in the darkness means you can shed any worries around what you wear or how good you are at mastering the poses, because no one can see you during the class! So grab your mat, get ready to headphone up, and experience the future of yoga fitness.

 

 

Analee Gale

Analee Gale is the Food & Health Editor of TBS. Previous to that, she was a freelance writer and editor who has spent so many decades writing about being food and fitness that she sometimes forgets to actually be fit (though she never ever forgets to eat food - hangry is a thing, you know!). Analee made a tree-change from the northern beaches of Sydney, so she now taps out tales from her base in a tiny coastal town in East Gippsland, Victoria.

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