Upside Down Business

About a year ago one of my girlfriends talked to be about something called AntiGravity Fitness. What a wacky name. You know Circus de Soleil? That’s what I had in my mind when I read about the technique…. She just got certification on the technique and asked me to try it out.

I was highly skeptical. First of all, it looks hard… but that’s not the reason why I was skeptical. I am OK with hard. But I was one of those yogis that think yoga is yoga and if I am using anything else I am cheating. However, to support my friend I gave it a try.

I went to my first class, with this young (and by the way, really good looking) male instructor, and he told us before we started the class – “We are gonna go upside down!”.

OK. I am a yoga practitioner and absolutely comfortable with going upside down… but I look around at these other students in the class (which includes mid age women, men, no judgements, but people who do not look like they work out or do yoga. And I thought… “Seriously?”

Seriously.

Inversion, is in fact the first pose of the AntiGravity Fundamental sequence. You walk into the class, as a first timer, and the first thing they do to you is to flip you upside down.

So much courage needed.

So there I went… upside down, supported by the hammock… Oh My God. It was the best supported inversion ever. I felt my spine lengthen and stretched out in a way that I have never experienced before, even I practised yoga on a daily basis. After the inversion we did some movements on the hammock, some stretches, and swinging. Yes! SWINGING! It was really fun to swing like a kid again.

After class, I asked this handsome instructor to take a picture of me, and here is the picture.

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I looked at the picture, looking beautiful… upside down.. like an aerial artist. This picture immediately become my Facebook profile pic, my phone wallpaper… you name it. I look at myself and see myself doing something that I never thought I could do.

The message is so empowering.

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One year later, not only that I am still practising this technique, I am now a Certified AntiGravity Instructor on Fundamentals 1&2, Aerial Yoga and Suspension Fitness. And everyday I flip new people upside down and bring the same empowering experience to everyone.

I also have a AntiGravity hammock at home, in which my son go upside down with, my daughter swings in it and takes her daily nap in there. Even my husband would go upside down.  It has become part of our lives in my family.

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Yoga is constantly evolving. We now use props like straps, blocks, dharma wheel, wall, to help us on the practice. The hammock will not replace my regular grounded yoga practice, but the hammock has strengthened my yoga practice. And if you are only a seasoned practitioner the Anti Gravity hammock is an amazing gateway to expand your practice.

Oh.. forgot to mention… a year later I get myself into the original pose that got me hooked, the “Chandelier”. After months of practice I can finally touch my toes to my head.

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And that handsome instructor? Now we work together as a team, as healers, bringing health, joy, and levity to as many people as possible.

“:When you open up space in your body, you open up space in your mind.” = Christopher Harrison, Founder of AntiGravity Fitness.

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*** Featured image taken at my home by http://www.beatriceleephotography.com.
*** Other pictures in the post taken in Epic Yoga studio and Epic MMA Club, the only licensed AntiGravity studio in Hong Kong. Come for a trial class at http://www.epicmma.com. You can also check on my schedule on my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/playwithcora

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