Anti-gravity yoga @ Bodywize: we came, we tried, we flew

This is so overdue…blogging is so hard in China because for some reason getting pics to upload doesn’t always work…but anyway, here goes.

I’ve been talking to Lisa Mak, founder of Bodywize spas in Happy Valley about anti-gravity yoga for a looong time. They brought in the practice/sport end of last year and officially launched it early 2013, and I finally had a chance to try it, well, fly it this week back in Hong Kong.

Exercise and I have never had a good relationship. I know I should do it, and I want to do it…but I’m so lazy. And now it’s been a good six months that I’ve been gym-free, so I’m even LESS motivated to do anything. Nevertheless, it sounded fun and my sister goes (she’s an ex-gymnast and cheerleader so already I should have been more weary) so I figured why not.

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Anti-gravity yoga involves using a stronger-than-it-looks hammock to take most of the stress of balancing poses away. It also involves inversions, or in easy speak, flipping upside down. In these moves it’s important to trust the hammock, I have trust issues with people, so inanimate objects meant to keep my face from smashing against the floor was a little tough.

This is definitely a full body work-out, particularly if your body (like mine) isn’t generally that used to working out. I like that you have to use your arms just as much as your core to pull yourself up and swing around on the hammock. Inversions, which are obviously a highlight for most people, were not my favourite thing. I don’t like the feel of blood rushing to my head but I’ve been told it gets better after a few times.

I was told that no one leaves the class without laughing and that’s exactly what happened at the end. In addition to some flying moves where we got to swing (in unison, so as to avoid any collisions). We also did a parachute-like move where all the participants (all five of us) held hands and swung as though we were free-falling, sky diving style. I felt like that sort of gave a sense of togetherness for the class.

It was definitely worth checking out and an interesting new way to do yoga. For those who might be more interested in the more traditional yoga (that might be me), Bodywize has excellent traditional classes as well including hot yoga and Hatha.

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And here we are flying.

G/F & 2/F, 1 Wong Nai Chung Road,
Happy Valley, Hong Kong

http://www.bodywizeyoga.com.hk

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