The class is pretty much like your typical vinyasa flow class, except you wear a wireless headset through which you can hear your instructor as well as music mixed by a virtual DJ. The instructor doesn’t have to be amplified, because you can adjust the volume of the voice and the music, right on your headset. The noise-isolating headphones also block out ambient noise, minimizing distractions.
“It’s very cool. People say they’ve never felt so connected to the instructor before,” says Castel Valere-Couturier, Sound Off’s CEO.
Never a truer statement describing Xanadu’s Yoga Social experience. Now hosted in several lush parks throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. An expanse of 50-200 yogis moving in a choreographed 60-minute yoga sequence, guided in unison by wireless LED headphones linked to a virtual DJ and youthful, hip yoga instructors. All this surrounded by a panoramic view of the beach’s coastline or lush treelines out in nature.
It’s a refreshing take on a typical Sunday night out: imagine exchanging numbers for new hiking friends, in place of the hook-up. Compliments of one’s crow pose technique, rather than their shoes. Or taking bar shots of kombucha hold the vodka. Xanadu’s rallying cry is wellness and growth, on a personal and global level.
It’s self-enlightenment in a seductive outdoor setting.
This new wave of “conscious, woke socializing” is enticing in this techno-cloistered society; Xanadu’s efforts for connectedness are easily recognized in its donations to coastal cleanups, group education on greener living, and hosting monthly socials to encourage community growth.
Look no further to experience a blissful high that’ll leave you with more than you came with–an opportunity to do more good.
By Melody Saradpon-Wong