Ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus? If you want a taste of circus life before packing your bags, then the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is the place to start. A training institute that is part of Swinburne University, it offers a bachelor degree in circus arts for those who want to make their career in the industry, but for those of us who just want to escape our desk jobs for a while, there are any number of short courses to choose from! Tumbling, hula hooping, trapeze, aerial silks – basically anything you’d expect to see in a circus!
The same thought crosses my mind every Sunday morning at about 9:30am: “Why am I doing this to myself?” Breathless, sweaty and with seriously sore quads and biceps, I am halfway through an Accelerate session at Core Candy, a boutique, New York City inspired fitness studio that opened in South Yarra in late 2014.
I have a really short attention span and I get bored very easily, which makes sticking to an exercise routine quite difficult! Typical routines of running/cycling/gymming just don’t do it for me, so I’m always on the look-out for fun new fitness fads or trends. AntiGravity yoga (AGY) was something that instantly appealed to me. I had never had any interest in doing yoga before because it had always seemed very serious and rigid, but the addition of silk hammocks gave it an element of playfulness and fun! Developed by former Broadway dancer and international gymnast Christopher Harrison, it involves yoga poses and inverts performed with the aid of silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling.