Imagine Cirque du Soleil, Pink in her 2010 Grammy performance, and the beautiful women swinging from the ceiling in The Great Gatsy. Antigravity Yoga is not just anartistic expression but also a type of exercise that produces amazing fitness results while having a lot of fun.
AntiGravity Yoga is a fusion class of Yoga, Pilates, Dance and aerial gymnastics developed by Christopher Harrison. It was originally created for athletes and gymnast and has since been modified for everyone. Unlike traditional yoga, Antigravity Yoga gives students more room to stretch in every direction allowing them to perform advanced yoga poses without compression.
How does it work?
This unique combination of aerial arts and yoga uses a suspended silk hammock that could hold up to 1,000 pounds safely. This is used to support your body while you invert, hang, execute different postures and relax in between stunts. The physical and mental benefits of this type of yoga are often felt immediately.
What are its benefits?
Most actions we engage in focus downwards, towards the front of the body and we rarely bend backwards or stretch up,chances are that we have bad back posture.
Antigravity Yoga often involves hanging upside down, performing backbends and inversion.
These movements help:
- Decompression of the joints and spinal discs
- Improves posture
- Increase flexibility
- Relieves stress
- Relaxes tensed muscles
- Increases relaxation and improves mood
- Expands chest and rib cage increasing oxygen intake and improving blood circulation
Tips for beginners:
- Put on long pants and shirts with sleeves so as to avoid injury caused by the hammock rubbing
against the skin.
- If you have any underlying disease like arthritis or other joint pain, inform the instructor.
AntiGravity Yoga is more challenging than any other forms of Yoga because most positions involve supporting and holding your bodyweight in mid-air. But it’s not difficult; once you get comfortable, you should find the poses easier perform!