“Do you want to invite your friends for your Bday this year? We could organise a little party” asked the enthusiastic Mum
“Mercy me Mum, clowns are so ugly and I hate loud music and stupid games, you know that” replied the quiet Swiss daughter
“How about flying yoga then ?” offered the inspired Yogi Mum
“Super cool! avec des crêpes!”
It started like a little joke and was actually the most original and funnier Bday party we ever attended! When we invited Ms Attila’s friends to the Flying Party, the other Mums were as curious as me, so we all added our names on the list of participants. And I couldn’t tell you who actually had the most fun!
Flying Yoga (or antigravity yoga) involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout. It’s fun and acrobatic, so for me and the other Mums who secretly dreamed of being a trapeze artist as a kid, we could really feel what it is like.
Of course the class held by Isabel from Cebu Yoga was tailored made for a bunch of hyperactive (yet adorable!) little monkeys. She started with a few ‘warm up exercises’ making them run and jump around so they would release some of their energy.. Just enough to enable them to focus on her instructions. Pictures speak louder than words, so here is a glimpse of our session :
If the smiles haven’t convinced you to try flying yoga, here are just a few of the health benefits you’ll get up there:
- Improves balance: While going against gravity can be exciting, aerial yoga also helps with balance and stability in daily activities. Balance is a key component in daily activities, and aerial yoga helps maintain a good balance both inside and out.
- Improves flexibility: Aerial yoga helps you to move more freely, with less effort, by counteracting gravity. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. Suspended yoga strengthens core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.
- Heals back problems: It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. With less strain on your back while doing the exercises, it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint, helping you feel better.
- No one is too old for flying yoga, as it also improves the circulation of blood, thus combating aging and its symptoms. Aerial yoga also helps detoxify the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues.
Last but not least, after one hour session, the kids were so tired they went straight to bed! I should have put this benefit on top of the list actually …
Want to try? Book your private class for 1’500 for 6 pax at Cebu Yoga. They also have regular classes for adults.