Last week, The Garland, a stylish hotel in North Hollywood, celebrated September’s National Yoga Month with a Sound Off Deep Flow Yoga Class. Held in their lovely outdoor venue Beverly Park, this was described as “taking classic outdoor yoga to another level.” The class combined traditional vinyasa yoga movements with an instructor and a live DJ spinning music that could only be heard through glowing, wireless, noise-isolating, three-channel headphones.

I’d been hearing a lot about these silent experiences as of late. A friend told me she’d been to a wedding at a private estate in Paso Robles that had a sound cut-off at 10 pm. When that hour arrived, everyone donned headphones and the dancing continued. Someone else had been to a bar mitzvah where the kids rocked out with headphones while the adults were able to carry on conversations without shouting.

The yoga experience at The Garland did, indeed, take things to another level. The DJ played what my friend Lulu described as “deep house and chillout… electronic soothing but clubby beats.” We also heard the yoga instructor through the headphones. It made for a deeply immersive experience and a lack of self-consciousness while also creating a sense of community. (OK, the after-class tacos and cucumber-mint cocktails didn’t hurt.)

Sound Off offers a wide variety of experiences, including silent disco, sound-off ice skating, “bloq” parties and customized events for clients that include Yelp, Spotify, Miami Fashion Week, MINI Cooper and The Howard Hughes Corporation. You can read more about what they offer at their website. The technology is new and fresh—a great way to bring excitement to a group gathering. Interesting things happen when you turn the sound off!

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

Who can resist a cocktail with the name Return to Paradise? From costa Kitchen & Bar, the signature restaurant at Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara, is a beverage we can’t wait to enjoy during a warm Southern California afternoon. Any time you’re in Santa Barbara is happy hour!

Ingredients

1.5oz SelvaRey White Rum
.5 ounce El Dorado 12-Year-Old Dark Rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
.5 ounce cinnamon syrup
.5oz lime juice
1 dash angostura bitters

Directions