Definition - What does AntiGravity Yoga mean?
AntiGravity® yoga, also known as Aerial yoga, is a type of yoga in which the traditional yoga and pilates poses are practiced in a silk hammock hanging from the ceiling. This specially designed hammock supports the hips and waist and the natural swaying movements of the hammock add diversity to the workout. Challenging poses, such as inversions and reverse postures, become easier to practice with the support of the hammock. This is because the hips stay supported in both forward and back bends. In addition, it enables the body to hang freely while allowing gravity to lengthen the spine.
AntiGravity® yoga was created and founded by aerial performer, Christopher Harrison, in New York and now is practiced in several countries across the world.
Yogapedia explains AntiGravity Yoga
The practice of AntiGravity® yoga offers a variety of health benefits. By gently lengthening the spine, it can help with back pain and sciatica, while simultaneously improving core strength and flexibility. Some practitioners claim that the practice of AntiGravity® yoga can temporarily increase the height of the body.
Inversions are practiced in each class, allowing the spine to decompress. For some, it is initially challenging to overcome the fear of being suspended upside-down, but the system is developed carefuly to ensure the safety of both teachers and students. It is both a challenging and fun practice that allows students to overcome fear, connect mindfully to their breath as well as have fun hanging and spinning upside down.