Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam is elevating its wellbeing offering with the launch of a new yoga pavilion and the introduction of AntiGravity Yoga.
Meaning “peaceful”, the new Thanh Tĩnh Yoga Pavilion showcases a lofty, locally inspired design that pays homage to the long, three-part Vietnamese garden homes typically found in nearby Hue.
The 130-square-metre serenity structure is set among shady palms in the gardens bordering the resort’s Heart of the Earth Spa and will offer group, private and couple’s AntiGravity Yoga classes, as well as yoga, mindfulness and meditation sessions.
A trio of monk statues – in poses that represent peace, respect and calming wisdom – combine with the surrounding birdsong to support the design concept and enhance the pervading tranquillity.
Available for the first time in Vietnam, AntiGravity Yoga is dynamic “flying” yoga that encourages a deeper, more flexible connection to the self. Created by Christopher Harrison, it’s an entrancing elevated practice that uses hammocks suspended above the ground to master gravity-defying poses.
Aside from its major fun-factor, AntiGravity Yoga helps fine-tune the body’s balance and alignment, releases “happy hormones”, enhances self-esteem, fast-tracks flexibility and offers a unique soaring sensation that is wonderfully liberating.
“The new Thanh Tĩnh Yoga Pavilion is the perfect setting to bring yourself back into the present moment and to experience a greater sense of peace through activities that nourish body and mind,” says spa manager Dwi Susanti. “It’s beautifully aligned with the philosophy of our Thich Nhat Hanh-inspired spa as every movement and moment in the hammock requires a conscious, mindful commitment. And with the change of perspective that AntiGravity Yoga offers, guests can really re-examine the status quo, look inward, and defy their usual limitations – physically and mentally.”
The Thanh Tĩnh Yoga Pavilion will have eight AntiGravity hammocks and offer four 75-minute group classes weekly, plus private classes. It will also host 18 group yoga classes and three group meditation and mindfulness classes weekly – including seven complimentary sessions – plus private classes.
AntiGravity Yoga prices start from US$50 per person for group sessions and US$100 per person for private tuition. Yoga prices start from US$25 per person (group) and US$65 per person (private).