On Jan. 11, belly dancers, acrobats, painted yogis and drummers danced and performed in the aisles of Whole Foods Market in Las Vegas, commemorating Barefoot Sanctuary’s fifth year at their Town Square location. The studio owners, Alvin Tam and Jada Fire, called it a Rebirth Party.
“Our Rebirth Party here at Barefoot Sanctuary today is to celebrate the age of enlightenment, coming into 2013. We’re celebrating all the teachers coming together, teaching and inspiring under one roof...celebrating joy, simplicity, ease, grace and community,” Jada told examiner.com.
Barefoot Sanctuary, the only yoga studio in the United States in a Whole Foods Market, found its way into the store when Shelly O’Connor, the regional marketing director, asked Alvin and Jada to set up a yoga program for the employees.
“She took us up and showed us the room which was originally almost like a storage room. It doubled as a conference room, but there were tons of crates and boxes,” said Alvin. “We took a look at the space; we took a look at the store and we asked, 'Why don’t we create something a little bit larger and offer this to the community?' Less than a month later, the colorful, artsy studio opened its doors."
“Barefoot Sanctuary is a place where we like to celebrate the practices of yoga, dance, meditation and community events. We offer a lot of soft form yoga, expressive yoga, Tribal Trance Dance and then there’s a little bit more intermediate advance-style power-oriented, but not too much. Barefoot leans more towards the soft-form yoga practices,” explained Jada.
Kundalini yoga, live gong, meditation and handstand classes are also on the movement menu.
“One of the most fun things about coming to a handstand class is that it totally liberates your sense of what’s possible and what’s not possible,” said Alvin, a one-time cast member of the Cirque du Soleil show “Ka.” “It’s just lots of fun and that’s the primary goal of that class and pretty much the entire studio...that you come and you have fun.”