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By Andrea Bennett | September 6, 2016 | Lifestyle
Acrophobia sufferer finds peace on the world's highest ferris wheel.
Giada De Laurentiis was clearly so relaxed on her yoga journey on the High Roller, she didn’t even know her picture was being taken.
For someone with a pathological fear of heights, doing a downward-facing anything from 550 feet seems, you know, wrong. Think of other things that are the approximate height of the Linq’s High Roller: the Washington Monument, the Seattle Space Needle—neither of which I have any desire to stand atop in Lululemons contorting myself. But then I saw this picture of Giada De Laurentiis, bestowing her gentle blessing on the entire Vegas valley from the wheel’s apex.
This summer, the High Roller inked a deal with Silent Savasana to offer yoga on high, with a live instructor and music through a headset, filtering out ambient noise—and perhaps, your fear of falling. The hour-long session promised to leave me “soothed,” and “focused.” What Would Giada Do? I signed on.
As we ascended, resting on our mats to the gentle vibrations and a great soundtrack, my internal monologue went something like: “Can Giada see into her kitchen from here?” and “How much higher am I than Venetian’s campanile?” (Answer: 235 feet.) But then the hushed voice of our instructor broke through: “Stop thinking so much.” I did, and a magical thing happened: No vertigo, just peaceful hovering over the best view of Vegas I’d ever had. Emboldened, I soared into shoulder pose and dived into downward dog, and felt just as Zenned out as Giada looked, if sweatier, and with less awesome hair. And I emerged, yes, soothed and focused.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIK KABIK