I have always been that person who would sit on a chair and zone out, just to get a minute for myself. Trying not to think about anything or anyone, just a moment of meditation in the middle of a hectic day.
However, since I came to Bali I decided to take my meditation a little step further and take frequent yoga and meditation lessons. I realised there were many more types of yoga then I knew of. It was then that I found Aerial Yoga and I fell in love! Never have I thought that the combination of meditation, stretching every part of your body and doing tricks while having so much fun could all be combined!
My favourite place to go for Aerial Yoga is Serenity in Canggu.
Serenity is one of Bali’s most eco friendly guesthouses. This retreat gives you endless options as to different types of yoga lessons, a beautiful swimming pool, places to relax, healing Balinese massages and they even have an onsite warung (restaurant) that serves delicious healthy food. This retreat is fully build on an eco friendly base, with architecture build with natural products, they have a permaculture garden, a grey water waste system, natural insecticides, natural pesticides and a solar-powered shuttle buggy.
From the day when I took my first lesson in Aerial Yoga I immediately fell in love! This type of yoga is relaxing, for both your mind and your body. But at the same type its extremely fun and you get yourself into positions that you thought your body could never twist into – or untangle out of for that matter.
Aerial yoga has many benefits for your body and mind. First of all, its a full body workout. I always feel my muscles ache for at least the next few days. It clears your mind and releases stress. It improves your flexibility rather drastically! It increases strength especially in your core. It heals back problems, due to you stretching it will allow your spine to lengthen and it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint. I have back problems myself and it really helps release the pain. It also helps to improve your balance as well as helping your digestion. It even helps the circulation of blood, which means it will help against aging and its symptoms. It also detoxifies the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues. Aerial yoga even fortifies your neural connections, which helps improve your memory. Convinced yet? Thought so!
I love going to Serenity because its such a peaceful place. From the moment you step inside you feel the relaxing atmosphere. The lesson is held by an amazing teacher who makes the lesson respectable, fun and relaxing. Serenity has many great yoga teachers, but this man is someone special! His name is Mano and he makes you smile from the moment you walk in. The room in which the lesson is held is on the third floor, which gives you an amazing view over Bali’s green fields.
It truly is fun for any age and you can push yourself to any limits you feel comfortable with. No stress, no limits, no pressure, just pure fun, relaxation, meditation and stretching – and pretty much flying!
If you would like to try Aerial Yoga yourself I definitely recommend you to join a class (or a schedule) at Serenity. One lesson costs 110k Idr (6 pounds) but they also offer many packages such as 5 lessons for 500k Idr (26 pounds) or 7 day unlimited for 900k Idr (47 pounds).
Serenity is located on Jl. Nelayan, Banjar Canggu, Badung, Bali.
You have to give Aerial yoga a try, I’m sure you will love it as much as I did!
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