The past four days I was fortunate to be trained by the creator of Anti Gravity Yoga (AGY), Christopher Harrison. It was intense, it was fun and I’m thrilled that I had this opportunity. This is my review of the technique and how I see it fitting into a regular yoga practice and workout schedule.
5 benefits of AGY:
1. Zero compression inversion. This is one of the most unique and beneficial attribute to AGY. The practitioner can experience decompression of the spine without having an inversion practice in yoga (headstands, handstands, shoulderstands). It is a flush of the lymphatic and endocrine system while giving space to the spinal column. A healthy spine is a healthy person.
2. Shift of perspective. My favourite is doing savasana in a pod. We tend to look for comfort in our lives by keeping our feet rooted to the earth, physically and metaphorically. Practicing above the ground allows us to practice being comfortable with the unknown or something we may not fully trust. Yoga is practice for life.
3. A great way to practice without all of the wrist compression of downdog. We receive all of the benefits of vinyasa (movement with breath), physical challenge and meditation while limiting the compression on the joints. It’s great for injured or arthritic wrists and shoulder.
4. Can tailor the technique to be more strengthening, cardiovascular or restorative. Enough said.
5. It SO fun. I have yet to witness somebody coming out of a class without laughing. We get the feeling of being an aerial acrobatic without the 30 ft drop. There’s swinging, flipping, hanging, flying, lying, the list goes on. It will bring you to blissful state of accomplishment.
As a traditional yoga teacher and personal trainer I would not replace this technique with your regular activities. I think it’s a fabulous addition and can help to augment yoga, weight lifting, and sports. I am a firm believer in balance and this method should definitely be added to the mix.
Email me if you would like to set up a group, private, or special occasion class. I am ecstatic to start spreading the AGY love!
These are just a few of the photos we took at the workshop. You can click on the image to view the full photo. We had a fun two and a half hours filled with meditation, partner asanas, some great music and I couldn’t forget to bring chocolate :) This workshop is one of my favorites of the whole year… so I thought I would share some of the captures. Namaste!
Many of my clients have been asking me about special things that are going on for the Olympics. Here are a few exciting events that will be going on around the club.
1. Steve is running the Olympic Torch!
Steve will be running the torch down Cambie Street on Feb. 11 at 2pm. You can Watch the torch go through the city and make sure you support Steve as he carries the torch! There are rumors that he will be coming by the club after… no promises though.
2. Nash House Feb 12th – 28th
The Nash House is set up in the lobby of the downtown and Richmond locations. Nash House includes flat screen TVs showing the games, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, lots of scrumptious food and some givaways!
On Feb 23rd there is a special event form 5pm-10pm featuring Girl on Wax DJ’s, catering and a gourmet chocolate buffet (perhaps not the best for a gym)
The Nash House will be free for all members. For non members there is a $25 activation fee to give full access to the club and the Nash House.
3. Olympic athletes out and about
Throughout the month Olympic athletes form team Canada, Team USA and Team Australia will be using the club for their training.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the Olympic spirit around the city and in the club. Things are already starting to pick up and ther is a lot of energy building in Vancouver. Can’t wait for a busy couple weeks of training and events. This is a list of all free concerts that are going on around the city. Enjoy!
Fri Feb 12th – Venice Queen – 10:15 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 12th – Bedouin Soundclash – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Fri Feb 12th – Blue Rodeo – 9:15 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Matthew David – 3:15 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Jet’s Overhead – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Five Alarm Funk – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Daniel Wesley – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Califone! – 7:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 13th – Hey Ocean – 8:00 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Bedouin Soundclash – 9:30 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Jessie Farrel – 10:00 @ Livecity Downtown
Sat Feb 13th – Default/Wilco – 6:15/10:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Keisha Chante – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sun Feb 14th – Mother Mother – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Rich Hope – 8:00 @ Livecity Downtown
Sun Feb 14th – Daniel Wesley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Elliot Brood – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Sun Feb 14th – Serena Ryder – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Mon Feb 15th – Sloan – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Mon Feb 15th – Serena Ryder – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Mon Feb 15th – Jet’s Overhead – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Mon Feb 15th – Matisyahu – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Fresh IE – 7:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Tue Feb 16th – Alexisonfire – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Buck 65 – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Tue Feb 16th – Eliot Brood – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Tue Feb 16th – The Trews – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 17th – DRUM! – 5:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – Corb Lund – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – The Arkells – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Wed Feb 17th – Hawksley Workman – 9:30 @ Ozone
Wed Feb 17th – Hot Hot Heat – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Wed Feb 17th – Ivy League Brawlers – 10:00 @ Plaza Of Nations (Edgewater)
Thur Feb 18th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Thur Feb 18th – Keisha Chante – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 18th – Corb Lund – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Thur Feb 18th – Rumba Calzada – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Thur Feb 18th – The Arkells – 8:30 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 18th – Our Lady Peace – 9:45 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 18th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – Deadmau5 – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – DRUM! – 8:00 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 19th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – The Arkells – 7:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – Dan Mangan – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – Sam Roberts – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – The Arkells/ Sam Roberts – 6:30/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 20th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 20th – Mother Mother – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – DRUM! – 6:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – Hey Ocean – 8:30 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – The Odds – 7:30 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – 54-40 – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – Jully Black – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Mon Feb 22nd – Colin James – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 23rd – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 24th – Wintersleep – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 24th – Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Illscarlett – 6:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 25th – Inward Eye – 11:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Fri Feb 26th – Tokyo Police Club – 9:45 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 26th – Inward Eye – 6:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Illscarlett – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Marianas Trench – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – TBC – 8/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – Matt Mays – 6:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – Matt Mays – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Sat Feb 27th – The Stills – 10:15 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 27th – Illscarlett – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sat Feb 27th – Blue Rodeo – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – Wide Mouth Mason – 9:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 27th – Tokyo Police Club/Wintersleep – 9/10:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 28th – Five Alarm Funk – 9:30 @ Ozone
ALL showtimes are PM
TBC is to be confirmed, the act hasnt been announced yet.
There are more shows in and around Vancouver, but these are the free ones!
David Lam Park, Vancouver
Cambie St between Dunsmuir St and W Georgia St, Vancouver
13428 Old Yale Rd., Surrey
Minoru Park, Richmond
Concord Place, False Creek, Vancouver
Atlantic Canada House:
Plaza Of Nations:
750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga
Add a new dimension to your yoga practice and your relationship. Partner yoga uses the assistance of another person to help harmonize the body, mind and spirit. Your partner will assist in balance, strength, alignment and concentration to further deepen the emotional bond between you. The class will consist of partner meditation, asanas and relaxation. Bring your sweetheart or a friend to partake in the special Valentine ’s Day yoga class.
Date: February 14th 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: Member: $25.00 Non- member: $40.00
All levels welcome
Instructor: Tedi Martin
For More information email firstname.lastname@example.org