When in Manila, a little fairy dust and thinking happy thoughts is no longer the only option one can take to be able to fly. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell could use a little day off as Beyond Yoga located on the 3rd floor of Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato, Quezon City steps in to show you countless ways in which one could be up in the air, with their classes on Anti-Gravity Yoga.
Anti-Gravity Yoga is perhaps the most interesting kind of yoga compared to hatha, vinyasa, bikram or ashtanga because it requires a thin, stretchy fabric that serves as a hammock and aids you in doing the various poses. It was developed by Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and dancer, whose goal was to provide a type of workout that allows one to stretch and strengthen the muscles without overstraining the joints or constricting the spine. What sets this type of yoga apart from the rest is the hammock itself, which acts as your support system all throughout. It can be a seat while you perform variations of crunches, or a prop to help you invert and hang suspended in the air. My favorite part was the last position, where the hammock was wrapped around us like a cocoon and we laid down and swayed peacefully while inhaling all the positive energy we could get from our workout.
A few tips before taking up the class—wear sleeves and maybe shorts or leggings below the knees, because the hammock can sometimes ride up or dig into your armpits and under the knees when you put your weight on it. Refrain from wearing jewelry as well, because it can damage or graze the cloth. Lastly, trust the hammock! Even though the fabric may seem thin, it’s guaranteed to carry about a thousand pounds!
Beyond Yoga offers different packages whether you’re a first timer, a drop in, or would prefer the coach, business or first class package. They also teach other kinds of yoga like ashtanga, hot yoga (or bikram), vinyasa flow, and even yoga for kids.
When in Manila, get ready to take off and fly towards the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning, as Beyond Yoga serves as your very own version of Neverland.
3F Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madrinian St., QC
0917-5BEYOND (0917-5239663) or 921-6070
Anti-Gravity Yoga in Beyond Yoga: Flying Up in the Air Like Peter Pan