Where is Las Vegas’ Secret Garden?
At the spa in the Mirage Casino, our $50pp entry fee got us a locker and personal escort, the yoga class with mat and water, a yummy post-workout smoothie, and all-day access to the spa’s steam room, cool and hot jacuzzis, mediation rooms, and more.
Our yoga instructor Willow led us down to the Mirage’s dolphin habitat, the famous Las Vegas Secret Garden — a sprawling lagoon inspired and funded by Siegfried & Roy. Apparently their own near-death experience with the white tiger in 2003 had inspired them to create better conditions for captive animals, so these dolphins are home-based in Las Vegas’ Secret Garden, on permanent retirement. They’re never asked to perform by their round-the-clock caregivers who are schooled in both biology and psychology.
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There are at least 4 dolphins in the Secret Garden, (one of the youngest is a male named Huf n Puf) and they all, old and young alike, showed undeniable curiosity as we rolled out our yoga mats and exhaled our first “ummm”.
Are you saying right now….
I don’t do yoga. So what about painting? Did you know that there are OTHER activities at Las Vegas’ Secret Garden?
You can sign up for a joint painting program with the bottlenosers! Check it out right here!
Yoga in Las Vegas’ Secret Garden:
Yoga class proceeded from downward dog through warrior, and while the dolphins seemed to lose interest, we humans had our curiosity peeked by random swim-bys across the tank’s glass. I have been to yoga studios splattered in sunlight, and others filled with the buzz of jungle insects who crawled just feet off the pagoda. But this dim space at Las Vegas’ Secret Garden, illuminated only with bluish glow from the tanks, so relaxed me that I often forgot I was in class and I let out a giggle as a dolphin’s gaze met with my own as he floated by.
Did we experience a higher endorphin rush at Las Vegas’ Secret Garden yoga?
Maybe? But the overall experience was one I’d highly recommend! Besides a great workout (not too tough for us vacationers), the serene space inside the spa is a most welcome retreat from the craziness of The Strip.
Balance, in Vegas, is much more than the crane pose, of course.