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Published July 21st 2013
Come Get High at Anti-Gravity Yoga
If you think you've seen every type of yoga fusion possible, you haven't. Anti-Gravity Yoga, a combination of yoga and acrobatics, is the newest yoga craze to sweep the USA, and is now making its way into Australia.
The latest fitness trend, Anti-Gravity Yoga is the brainchild of former gymnast and American choreographer Christopher Harrison.
Anti-Gravity Yoga classes involve performing a series of exercises inspired by Yoga, Pilates, callisthenics and aerial acrobatics, with the help of soft, silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling, in order to achieve a total-body workout.
While this may sound hard, the hammock is so supportive that almost anyone can try it and attempt the more difficult poses such as turning upside down and hanging off the hammock like a chimpanzee.
The hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master inversions and progress to more advanced poses.
The idea is that you can practice yoga using the hammocks to defy gravity and move muscles without the risk of strain. It also allows users to feel light as well as more able to ease compressed joints.
Anti-Gravity yoga can also help to increase strength and flexibility, as well as bring greater awareness of your body.
Other benefits of this form of yoga include a rush of blood circulation, clearing blocked energies whilst helping oxygen and blood to flow to stagnant areas in the body, as well as removing toxins.
While it may be difficult to feel comfortable doing yoga and Pilates based poses from a suspended hammock, it will ease your mind to know that the hammock can support a few hundred kilograms.
Once you are able to overcome your initial fears when doing inversions, you will really be able to enjoy all that the class has to offer.
Challenging, yet incredibly fun and effective, this form of yoga delivers the kind of workout you look forward to, and will bring out the inner child in everyone.
Anti-Gravity Yoga also has been widely used and accepted by celebrities around the world. Singer Pink, incorporated it into some of her recent concerts, and Britney Spears and Mariah Carey are also apparently huge fans.
As more celebrities, gym-goers, Yogi's and the general public take to this trend, it may well be that more yoga studios will start offering this a venue near you.
Even if you have never tried yoga before, you will be amazed at how much you can do when you give your trust to the hammock.
Have you seen any Anti-Gravity Yoga classes on offer?