Serendipity in Switzerland: CAGI Ellany Lea Wraps up her World Tour of AG Classes w/ Reflections

The Adventure around the world taking AntiGravity® Classes of our Certified AntiGravity Fitness Instructor Ellany Lea of Inner Outer Wealth continues to Europe:

What a sharp contrast between living like a queen in a luxury hotel on $25/night in Bali and living like a poor starving student in a shared hostel dorm for $60/night in Zurich. But you know what made it all better? Serendipity. Serendipity and timing.

On most of my travels, I don’t know anyone. Not a soul. But when you’re on the road, you meet others who are also on the road. Other souls. Other souls who are also seeking. Other souls who are also seeing.

As I approached Switzerland and its majestic glistening white snowy alps, not only was I introduced to the Holmes Place studios for my globetrotting AG experience, but also to Vanessa, a Master Instructor with AntiGravity, recently relocated to Zurich.

GlobeTrotter Tina Chen and Vaness McCowen, a CAGI and an AntiGravity® Master Instructor

GlobeTrotter Tina Chen and Vaness McCowen, a CAGI and an AntiGravity® Master Instructor

We are what my friend Anne has coins “GGIs”, girls gone international.

We are more than tourists, more than travelers, more than globetrotters. We are a generation of empowered girls and women who summon the courage to leave everything behind (including our family and loved ones) to start a new life abroad… many times over… lugging around our hopes, passions and businesses.

So what were the chances that my life imploded (many times over) and took me on a 13-country Exquisite Freedom tour around the world, landing me in Zurich at this time and in this place. And think of the hundreds, even thousands of twists and turns that took Vanessa to this same exact time and place.

We are what my friend Anne has coins “GGIs”, girls gone international.

We couldn’t have planned this chance encounter to both have some free time, hop on and off trains, get lost, find our way back and get our passports stamped in the itty bitty country of Liechtenstein.

There’s no way our human brains could have orchestrated all this. We shared all the hilarious stories we’ve collected over the years about our students. Primarily, we observed how quickly students go from “I can’t do this” to “holy goodness this is fun!”

Tina and Vanessa at a Holmes Place Studio in Zurich, Switzerland.

Tina and Vanessa at a Holmes Place Studio in Zurich, Switzerland.

I often introduce brand new folks to AGY by using the pigeon pose as an example: in traditional yoga, when you’re in a pigeon pose, the back knee is hard against the floor and the front leg is hard to wiggle to find that ideal alignment. In AG yoga, the back knee is freed because it’s on a standing leg, so it’s much easier to monitor, and the front leg is swaddled in a silk that effortlessly help you find just the right stretch, without hard floors limiting your range of motion.

And whenever I speak of freedom, range of motion, swaddling and cocooning, I can see people’s face soften. Especially in women, I can see them put down their “I must be the best man I can be” defense armor. And I can see them wanting to give themselves permission to be free! To play, to soften… and to be truly free!

 

 

 

 

As I took long bus rides from Yangon to the temples of Bagan and long camel rides from Marakesh to the Sahara dessert, and long boat rides from my head to my heart, I thank AntiGravity for what’s it’s contributed to my life:

1)   Physically, it’s given me strength. And by practicing inversions, it’s made me less prone to motion sickness. I used to be so sensitive and always seasick, car sick, and bus sick. But now that my body has softened, has learned to go with the flow, has had its insides turned upside down on a regular basis, what do you know, motion sick no more!

2)   Emotionally, AG has given me peace. No matter where I go or what I’m up to, the soft cocoon of a silk hammock will always make everything alright. Even in the chaos of building 4 businesses, the heartache of letting 3 go, and the acceptance that I, too, am a human and not a machine, my silk hammock has been a safe refuge, a sanctuary of peace

3)   Spiritually, AG has taught me that I’m capable of more than I ever imagine possible. Growing up in an immigrant Asian family, I was only ever praised for my academic brain. I was so sure a 4-day AGY training would break my body because I’ve never been athletic. Good girls should just cook and clean, not fly around in the air lol! AGY has awakened me to the truth that my body isn’t a garbage can that props my head up. My body is a miracle. It’s a privilege and a gift.

Don’t squander your gifts, whether they be your body, your mind or your spirit. And if your gifts are that of song or dance, the written word, therapeutic hands, the heart of a teacher or the spirit of a leader, don’t squander it. Don’t wake up on your death bed wishing you had done things different. Do things differently today. Namaste :)

Don’t squander your gifts, whether they be your body, your mind or your spirit.