Listening to "that" voice: Ellany escapes a bombing attack in Turkey

The adventures of Ellany Lea, our Certified AntiGravity Instructor who has been traveling the world and taking AntiGravity® classes continues in Turkey:

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We all have angels watching over us, we just sometimes forget.

I often talk about that epic day when I first tripped into the Antigravity Yoga advertising A-stand, on my way home from work. I’d walked that path during 363 days of the year and on my last before last day of my work contract, that’s when I was guided to trip over that A-stand, lol!

Istanbul....one of THE most beautiful cities in the world, with a rich blend of Europe, Asia and Middle-East.

We are always being guided, but we often don’t listen. When I landed in Istanbul, Turkey, I quickly looked at the weather forecast and Monday seemed like the sunniest and warmest day. Usually, when I travel, I keep Mondays for settling in, grocery shopping, preparing my meals, studying maps, researching what activities I want to do and what sights I want to see.

But this Monday, I just wanted to go see the sights. I just had to, it HAD to be today! Call it a sign, call it stubbornness, call it premonition, call it The Weather Network app. I just had to, couldn’t be persuaded otherwise.

Little did I know, 18 hours later, a bomb exploded in that VERY same plaza, killing 10 people and injuring 15. I have a photo of that plaza and a photo taken from that plaza. I stood RIGHT there, less than 24 hours ago.

Sultanahmet Square, Istabul, Turkey  (Photo credit Mario Sánchez Prada from Flickr)

Sultanahmet Square, Istabul, Turkey  (Photo credit Mario Sánchez Prada from Flickr)

I don’t tell you this to frighten you. I don’t tell this to deter you from visiting Istanbul, which is one of THE most beautiful cities in the world, with a rich blend of Europe, Asia and Middle-East. I tell you this because we MUST listen. We MUST pay attention. We MUST follow “that” voice that guides us.

It was so soothing the next day to meet Verde, fellow CAGI at the NuYu gym, right on the edge of the Bosphorus strait. By now, having taken classes in Japanese, Korean, broken English, Thai, and Turkish, I can guarantee you that you don’t need to know the language to take an AGY class. In fact, I would love to teach a class where we don’t talk. At all. How cool would that be.

we MUST listen. We MUST pay attention. We MUST follow “that” voice that guides us.

It really would sharpen all the students’ senses, have them pay attention not just with their ears, but with their breath, their skin, their hearts, their souls. How cool would that be?!? She taught me a few moves that I’ve never learned, even after taking AGY classes since 2008.

At the end, when we were taking a few photos, we wanted to capture on film the Queen Bee move. We didn’t discuss it or plan it beforehand. We barely just met. Yet, it was eerie how identically we moved. Well done, Christopher, in setting up incredibly high standards in your training, so that all teachers move in the same sequence and all students can expect the same high caliber no matter where they are in the world.

What an incredible feat you and your team of Master instructors have accomplished! Now THERE’s a brand worth aligning yourself with! And I couldn’t be more proud of being part of this AGY family.

Upside down is right side up at NuYu Gym in Istabul. 

Upside down is right side up at NuYu Gym in Istabul. 

I once observed a 250lbs women watching me teach her daughter. She just sat there. At the end of class, I lowered the hammock and invited her to come sit in it, like a swing. She refused immediately. I walked away to put on some music, have a drink of water, spray the hammocks. And out of the corner of my eye, I can see her wanting to inch forward, wanting to touch it, wanting to try it.

She had the glitter of “what if?” in her eyes. So I lowered it one more notch to “fool” her mind that it was absolutely the lowest it could go, practically an inch off the ground. I insisted again that she come lie down in it. And… she did! I love calling forth the inner child in my students. I know you want to ;)

The fear, the “I couldn’t do that!” is all in your head

A few minutes later, she was lying in a cocoon and out of no where, with some assistance, she was hanging upside down in Bat pose. How neat is that?!? The fear, the “I couldn’t do that!” is all in your head. That limiting belief is not real.

So give yourself a chance. Give yourself a chance to play. Take the risk. Because when you’re on your death bed, you’ll wish that you had taken that chance. You’ll wish that you had played more. You’ll wish that you had lived.