St. Valentines Day is known as a day for lovers, but it is not just for couples (although marketers would tell you different). Yes, if you have a special someone then by all means, enjoy conjuring up some romance (perhaps even spooning while cocooning), but the majority of the population is not coupled. If this is you, here is how you too can enjoy the sacred day of LOVE.
Ellany Lea of InnerOuter Weath is also a Certified AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor. She's traveling around the world, taking AntiGravity® classes along the way. Here, her adventure is landing her in one of the most beautiful and glamorous place on earth. Read on for her heartfelt, breakthrough experience:
So far, all I’ve ever known are AntiGravity Lab in NYC and AGY studios (stand-alone or part of a larger wellness center).
Are you ready for this? Are you ready to have your mind blown? I wasn’t… until my driver in Bali, Indonesia pulled up to the grand magnificent grounds of the Four Season Bali in Jimbaran.
An abundance of white and yellow frangipani hovered over our heads. I brought my bestfriend to try her first ever AGY class. Not to shabby a location, eh? I think I may have spoiled her though for future AGY experiences. Oops.
As we walked up to reception to introduce myself as a guest, we were greeted by deliciously scented ice towels (It was over 33C / 90 F with 88% humidity!), natural ginger iced tea, and a grand sweeping view of a white sand beach and blue ocean.
Ringga, the public relations coordinator came straight out to greet us, arranged for a golf cart to take us to the spa, which houses the AGY studio. Whaaaaat?!? Did I just step into Wonderland?
For a moment, a tear rolled down my cheek, part sorrow, part gratitude. The sorrow came from 3 decades of beating myself up relentlessly and ruthlessly for not being the perfect eldest doctor son my dad/culture wanted. Whether it’s your society, your culture, your parents or yourself, a part of us all hold this image of who we “should” be and how far we are from that perfect image.
What makes us all the same though, is this constant hustle for worthiness, this chasing of an invisible external validation that we are enough: smart enough, good enough, beautiful enough, rich enough, loved enough, wanted enough, etc. When such luxury, hospitality, warmth, and tenderness embraced me in one fell swoop, it’s only natural that residues of “unworthiness” get triggered up to the surface.
At the same time, having done sooo much self-work, the overwhelm swiftly faded away, to be replace by tears of gratitude and appreciation.
The love and serenity in this place is palpable. It has it’s own heartbeat. Our class was held in a studio, which opens up onto the lush green gardens of the Four Seasons Bali resort in Jimbaran. Everything is exquisite here, the people.
Kenneth, our AGY teacher, lead our warm up and we were soon giggling upside down, with ooohs and aaahs from the two newbies in the class at how delicious the spinal decompression inversions felt. I love, love, love this displaced look of wonderment and twinkle that AGY puts back into an adult's eyes!!!
By the time we reached Savasana, we were a sweaty mess, swaddled in soft AGY hammocks, warm tropical breeze, soft rustling of palm leaves, delightful chirping of tropical birds, wooshing of ocean waves, and meditative music (but not before I asked Kenneth to sing to us, he has such a soothing voice, he laughed thinking I was joking, I was quite serious). Now THAT’s how Savasana is done! Booya!
I felt so, so, so grateful in my heart to the friends made along the way and to Christopher Harrison for his courage in overcoming adversity and realizing this global vision of airfully light hearts and magnificently strong minds and bodies.
And now that I have indeed spoiled my bestfriend, we also attend an AGY class in Sayan, near Ubud, Bali. Holy smokes, was our studio spectacular. It was outside, amongst the lush green rice fields! Our teacher Purnama pushed us harder and let us play. My bestfriend tried all sorts of moves she didn’t think she could. That’s how easy AGY can be if we fill ourselves with the spirit of play!
Thank you Thao-Nguyen, Guy, Ringga, and the entire Four Seasons Bali team for co-creating one of the top experiences this globetrotting overachieving lifestyle entrepreneur has ever experienced, ever!
October is an important month for our global network because we get to do our part in helping to eradicate breast cancer. Our global campaign not only raises money, but also raises awareness, helping to educate people about what they can do to help rid themselves of toxins that cause breast cancer.
When someone dies of cancer, during the autopsy, the lymph nodes are checked to see what toxins are in their system. If one tips upside down every day, they refresh their endocrine system, aiding the lymph nodes in eliminating cancer-causing agents.
Consider the body as a pond that gathers silt if a river doesn’t run through it. Inversions stir the body up and allow a refresh (which is why we always suggest drinking a lot of water after a class).
Take an AntiGravity class every day and minimize your risk, or if you are a male, join us in our campaign to turn the world upside down and know that there are benefits that support your mothers, sisters, wives, and friends.
AntiGravity® Fitness Partners With The Breast Cancer Fund To Help Find A Cure
*Funds *Propel *Fight Forward With Classes & PINK Hammocks
Additionally, limited edition PINK Harrison AntiGravity® Hammocks will be available on www.antigravityfitness.com, with 100 percent of proceeds
benefitting The Breast Cancer Fund. As added incentive to participate, the studio that raises the most support will also receive a pink hammock
signed by Founder Christopher Harrison.
WHY: With one in eight women facing the disease, Breast Cancer blindly touches all.
AntiGravity Fitness takes prides in empowering women in over 50 countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Click here to learn more about why this cause is near and dear AntiGravity Creator, Christopher Harrison.
HOW TO DONATE: Join AntiGravity in the quest to find a cure and donate here. To find a participating studio, look for the “featured studio” icon
on AntiGravity’s location finder — http://antigravityfitness.com/locations.