A New Perspective on Yoga

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By now you probably have an opinion about yoga, you definitely had enough time to form one - after all this ancient art has been around for 5000 years at least (some say even 10.000!). But what if I told you that there’s a new perspective on yoga, one that, quite literally, turns it upside down?

To see this marvel in action, head for AIRbarre Yoga Phuket studio at Surin Plaza – a boutique shopping destination on the way to Surin beach. There, in an airy space on the second floor, yogis…take off. They lift themselves up, defy gravity and stay suspended midair, often heads down.

Mind you, it has nothing to do with mystical levitating Buddhist monks. Instead of supernatural mind powers, Phuket’s flying yogis make use of specially designed hammocks and take various yoga poses - off the ground.

Aerial yoga, because that’s what it’s called, when done properly looks very… graceful. And, according to Niphawan Konsantad, the founder of AIRbarre Yoga Phuket, it comes with numerous health benefits – even greater than those that traditional yoga provides.

Firstly there is the bigger freedom of movement which allows for more fulfilling stretching than your casual yoga session; secondly there’s the improved focus as this type of yoga can be more challenging than its anchored-to-the-ground counterpart; thirdly your muscles will work harder and grow stronger simply by defying gravity and last but not least, there is the stress-relief aspect of being right there, in the moment.

And where else could you be considering that you’re hanging upside down and mid-air? I wouldn’t blame you to think this idea even a little risky, but worry not – your safety is Niphawan’s top priority. Except for having more than 10 years of experience in classic yoga, she’s a certified Aerial Yoga instructor educated in New York, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Oh, and the US-imported hammocks are perfectly dependable too. So, fear not and… hang in there!

Learn more on facebook.com/aerialyogaphuket. Contact Niphawan Konsantad on 0849452682