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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Spa Rant-Protection First

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Protection first

Once I went for a massage (I know, this seems to happen a lot), and it was seemingly going well. It was soothing massage, so there was oil involved and things seemed to be going well until I noticed a really odd scratchy/squishy sound. This was followed by some odd snapping sounds until I finally looked up and turned and realised my therapist was wearing rubber gloves.

Rubber gloves. For a massage. Seriously? In all my years of spa-ing that has never happened to me before. It was so surprising I asked my therapist why she was using gloves. Her answer was “it’s for your protection, and mine.”

Well this was another stunner. What did I need protection from? I assumed she washed her hands before starting the massage…and I didn’t think I was particularly germ-ridden.

To be honest, it didn’t feel THAT different getting a massage through…

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Working for four of luxury magazines for the last three years has  gotten me seriously addicted to the finer things in life. Already naturally inclined to sloth-like behaviour

ahhh spaaaah

, writing for AsiaSpa just made me love being pampered even more – except I got to do it professionally.

Also, because I handled the luxury products sections and fashion shoots for Asia-Pacific Boating and LP Luxury Properties I’ve learned a lot about watches and fashion (though definitely not enough to pretend this is any kind of fashion or style blog). In fact the only thing I probably don’t want to buy at this point is a yacht (not a good idea to ask me to write about them either).

Because I’m worth it, all HKD 80 million dollars of it (for now!!)

There weren’t always places to vent my feelings in the magazines, so I’ve started this blog to write about my travels (assumably there will be lots of this now that I’m unemployed/freelance), hotel and spa reviews and the only kind of food I could ever write intelligently or lovingly about, pasta. Here goes nothing.

Mac and cheese…my one true love