For the yogis that do not thoughts having two toes off the bottom, AntiGravity yoga might present a brand new problem. It might sound like one thing you do in a spaceship, however actually, you want little greater than a silk hammock hanging from a ceiling — and a way of journey — to observe AntiGravity Yoga. AntiGravity is one model of aerial yoga, a sort of train that mixes yoga with different varieties of train, corresponding to dance and gymnastics, right into a hybrid mind-body exercise.
Former gymnast Christopher Harrison based AntiGravity Inc. in 1991 as an acrobatics efficiency firm, and developed the model’s signature silk hammock a couple of years later. When he found the advantages of doing yoga — particularly inversion poses — within the hammock, he rebranded his firm and started providing lessons to the general public. In 2007, AntiGravity Yoga was born.
Anybody who can do at the least three consecutive sit-ups can do AntiGravity Yoga, in keeping with the model’s web site. Throughout a category, you may be "cocooned" in a supportive silk hammock whereas an teacher leads you thru a collection of postures designed to "recalibrate the physique" and decompress the backbone. Throughout inversion postures, you may cling about three inches above the bottom.
"If you’re hanging the other way up in meditation as an alternative of sitting proper facet up in your cushion, you’ll be able to virtually really feel every vertebrae sucking away from the one beneath it, lengthening and stretching you out," says Brigitte Bourdeau, a yoga teacher in New York Metropolis. And actually, AntiGravity Yoga guarantees that after a category, you can be stretched to your most peak — making you a quarter-inch to an inch and a half taller than once you began. (Sadly, these results are usually not everlasting.) [Source: AntiGravity Yoga]
Since you’ll be the other way up lots, it is vital to not put on something too unfastened on high to class. Cotton or cotton blends are advisable over slippery synthetics, which might make staying in place within the hammock tough. You do not want socks, however chances are you’ll need to put on sticky gloves to assist your grip. As soon as you’ve got taken AntiGravity Yoga in a classroom setting, you’ll be able to even buy your individual hammock to observe in at dwelling.
Whereas AntiGravity Yoga is the unique aerial yoga method, different applications in studios throughout the nation additionally use the phrase aerial yoga or flying yoga to explain their observe. Flying Yoga Shala, for instance, a studio in Oakland, California, gives lessons in aerial yoga (utilizing silk hammocks) and FlightCamp TRX (utilizing the TRX suspension system).