Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

A Birthday party with flying (Yogi!) colours

Do you want to invite your friends for your Bday this year? We could organise a little party” asked the enthusiastic Mum

Mercy me Mum, clowns are so ugly and I hate loud music and stupid games, you know that” replied the quiet Swiss daughter

How about flying yoga then ?” offered the inspired Yogi Mum

Super cool! avec des crêpes!

It started like a little joke and was actually the most original and funnier Bday party we ever attended! When we invited Ms Attila’s friends to the Flying Party, the other Mums were as curious as me, so we all added our names on the list of participants. And I couldn’t tell you who actually had the most  fun!

Flying Yoga (or antigravity yoga) involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout. It’s fun and acrobatic, so for me and the other Mums who secretly dreamed of being a trapeze artist as a kid, we could really feel what it is like.

Of course the class held by Isabel from Cebu Yoga was tailored made for a bunch of hyperactive (yet adorable!) little monkeys. She started with a few ‘warm up exercises’ making them run and jump around so they would release some of their energy.. Just enough to enable them to focus on her instructions. Pictures speak louder than words, so here is a glimpse of our session :

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If the smiles haven’t convinced you to try flying yoga, here are just a few of the health benefits you’ll get up there:

  • Improves balance: While going against gravity can be exciting, aerial yoga also helps with balance and stability in daily activities. Balance is a key component in daily activities, and aerial yoga helps maintain a good balance both inside and out.
  • Improves flexibility: Aerial yoga helps you to move more freely, with less effort, by counteracting gravity. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. Suspended yoga strengthens core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.
  • Heals back problems: It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. With less strain on your back while doing the exercises, it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint, helping you feel better.
  • No one is too old for flying yoga, as it also improves the circulation of blood, thus combating aging and its symptoms. Aerial yoga also helps detoxify the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues.

Last but not least, after one hour session, the kids were so tired they went straight to bed! I should have put this benefit on top of the list actually …

Want to try? Book your private class for 1’500 for 6 pax at Cebu Yoga. They also have regular classes for adults.

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21 comments on “A Birthday party with flying (Yogi!) colours

  1. Bouaziz
    October 11, 2016

    Quelle belle idée. Le yoga volant!voilà qui a dû plaire aux petits.

    • estelea
      October 11, 2016

      et aux mamans! c’etait super, toutes les poses sont tellement plus faciles quand on defie la gravite tout en etant soutenus. On a adoré 🙂

  2. Expatorama
    October 11, 2016

    What an fab party idea. Googling ‘aerial yoga’ in my city right now.

    • estelea
      October 11, 2016

      You ll love it I m sure! Honestly the Mums were even more hyper than the kids 😉 hope there’s is one where you live so you can tell me abt your experience too !

  3. lexklein
    October 11, 2016

    I would LOVE to do this! Let me think about whether I should fly over to your studio or try to find one close by …
    Happy birthday to the lovely Ms. Attila!

    • estelea
      October 13, 2016

      Thanks dear! Fly over, of course, what a question ! then we ll take you to the compulsory karaoke where we’ll sing “I Believe I can fly ” to the loudest!

  4. amommasview
    October 12, 2016

    That looks like so much fun!!!

    • estelea
      October 13, 2016

      Oh it was! the kids were so excited and so were we .. The sensations are very special when you can defy gravity and no part of your body is touching the ground.

  5. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    October 13, 2016

    This is super, super cool! They’ve got that in BKK too I remember. I like how Ms Attila is flying there with her tutu-looking dress. The kids would have a blast!! Happy Belated birthday my dearests!

  6. justbluedutch
    October 13, 2016

    I want my daughter to have a party like this!!! Me also, BIG LOVE! Ms. Attila is so lucky to have the coolest Maman!

    • estelea
      October 14, 2016

      Oh you’re too sweet! You know the saying, its more fun in the Philippines 😉 😘😘😘

  7. that traveling nurse
    October 13, 2016

    happy birthday little one!!! looks like she had fun (the mamas too I’m sure). i would love to try this sometime!!! 🙂

    • estelea
      October 14, 2016

      When I told you there are so many things to do in Cebu 😉

  8. petakaplan
    October 15, 2016

    What a brilliant idea for a birthday party! It’s fun when there is an activity that appeals to both kids and adults. This looks like do much fun. I used to have something similar hanging on a wall at my house for going upside down.

    Happy birthday to thr young lady!

    Peta

    • estelea
      October 16, 2016

      Wishes well transmitted, thanks a lot 🙂 I’m actually so glad she’s not into those hyper loud busy parties, they are like torture to me- especially because parents are always required to participate here! I couldn’t be happier with this party! What a fab idea to have this kind of hamac at home for yoga, the feeling is so great in shoulder stand and headstand,isn’t it? On my list of furniture for the next house! Have a lovely Sunday

  9. petakaplan
    October 15, 2016

    Oops excuse the typos!

    • estelea
      October 16, 2016

      I hadn’t even noticed ☺️

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