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What is Anti-Gravity Yoga?
Anti-Gravity Yoga is a fitness regime designed to increase one's overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty. The technique was created by gymnasts for the sake of exploring the air and has been modified and enhanced to fit into the yoga mold and to cater to the everyday person. By adding additional techniques from dance, pilates and calisthenics, Anti-Gravity has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity. Anti-Gravity Yoga takes into consideration both meanings of the word – working to manipulate physics while staying lighthearted.
The benefits of AntiGravity Yoga
Apart from being a major stress-buster due to its high fun quotient, there are some serious health benefits associated with AntiGravity Yoga. “Anyone that has back issues should be doing this class .It’s better than an inversion table. It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. People who have taken the class here always comment on how much better their back feels afterward.” After suffering from sciatica for years, people has found that practicing AntiGravity Yoga helps to relieve her pain.
In addition to decompressing the spine, AntiGravity Yoga can help to increase strength and flexibility, as well as bring you greater awareness of your body. “It’s a real mind-body-spirit experience,” says instructor Sandra Caniglia, who has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years, and is also an avid runner. “It really does help in other areas of our lives, too. The core work is a huge benefit for running and I’ve found that I can recover faster.”
More than yoga
AntiGravity Yoga isn’t just a yoga workout—it combines several different exercise styles. “Lots of people who aren’t into yoga still do AntiGravity,” says Davis. Even the instructors come from a variety of fitness backgrounds—MacDonald’s background is in gymnastics and dance, while another instructor’s specialty is Pilates.
While you’ll still find yoga favourites like "downward dog" and "cat-cow," you’ll also get to experience new moves like "the awesome possum" and "the chandelier." And Davis notes that every class features inversions, so that participants can enjoy a spinal decompression.
What to expect
So how do you prepare to have your world turned upside down? “Drop all expectations. Like any brand new experience, it’s important to have an open mind. “Listen to your instructor, and most importantly, trust the hammock. We wouldn’t let people do this if it wasn’t one-hundred percent safe.”
While it may be difficult to feel comfortable doing backflips in a lavender-coloured silk hammock your first time out, it may ease your mind to know that each hammock belt can actually support up to 2,000 lbs (970 kg). As for the hardware that attaches the hammocks belt to the ceiling? It’s all mountain-climbing rated, Once you’re able to overcome that initial fear, you’ll be able to enjoy all that the class has to offer.
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