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Bali: Upside Down

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

The view from Ubud Yoga Centre

Traveling to Bali for the first time, I was blown away by the large presence yoga has there. Bali is a beautiful and unique place to visit.

Ubud, a popular tourist destination in Bali is a hub for Yoga, Culture and Arts in Bali. Ubud has recently become increasingly popular with the westernization of yoga and its various forms. Ubud hosts numerous yoga classes, retreats and teacher trainings that attract yogis from all over the world.

I was lucky enough to visit Bali for the first time this past year as I took part in an Aerial Yoga Teacher Training placed in Ubud, surrounded by rice paddies and breathtaking jungle views at the Ubud Yoga Centre.

Aerial Yoga is unique from your traditional, grounded mat classes. Learning Aerial Yoga is incredible adventure and I cannot imagine a more perfect place than Bali to take on such an eye-opening journey. Pushing limits and breaking molds that may have held me back in the past, this format has shown me how to look beyond traditional norms to see yoga and suspension training in a new light.

Different, because Aerial Yoga allows you to let go in order to feel a new kind of freedom that accompanies a suspended asana. Before trying Aerial Yoga, I was convinced that I needed to have more strength and stamina to be successful in class. I was afraid that this format was too difficult for me because of weaknesses that have held me back in the past.

Aerial Yoga proved that my initial fears were all wrong, and I was stronger than I realized. A little nervous on the first day of class, the majority of the other students in attendance were experienced in suspension formats. With each day I returned, I became more familiar with the suspension belt, learning and applying technique, safety practices and form as we continued to push through barriers and overcome new challenges.

Throughout my training, I discovered strength instead of weakness in a journey that I was never expecting to take.

The unique style of Aerial Yoga allows participants of all levels to enjoy the benefits of suspension training and inversion. If you haven't tried Aerial Yoga, don't let fear hold you back. Aerial Yoga can offer a sense of freedom and independence you may not have experienced before. Take a look and see the world upside down.

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