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Published June 4th 2012
There is no doubt that yoga has become a mainstream form of fitness with an abundance of studios in Sydney offering a range in styles and focus. We've also seen a growing number of classes which dFviate from the traditional such as Hoop Yoga and Laughter Yoga. The latest trend to arrive on Australia's shores is AntiGravity Yoga, a unique aerial practice developed by former Broadway dancer, Christopher Harrison.
AntiGravity Yoga is a combination of acrobatics, yoga and dance that sees you practising a number of poses with the assistance of a soft hammock that is suspended from the ceiling. All sound a bit daunting and something left to the likes of a gymnast? Quite the opposite.
While the fitness regime was originally created for athletes and gymnasts, it has been developed into a more accessible practice that doesn't require Olympic level status. As scary as it might be to suspend yourself in the air, trusting yourself is key. The first time you successfully hang upside down, you will feel empowered as the blood rushes to your head.
A number of the poses will be familiar to yogis who practice on the mat but will certainly present a different experience. The Sun Salutation series, for example, is similar but modified by using the sling as support. Some poses are truly unique to AntiGravity Yoga and one example is the 'Chandelier' series, which was created for pop singer, Pink. Now you can pretend to be a rock star, even if only for a few minutes. While all of the poses are challenging and fun, one of the best parts of class is the final resting pose, when you get to lie back and enjoy the stillness. Same concept for those familiar with corpse pose but imagine being enveloped in a soft, comforting hammock while it swings gently. Bliss.
Not only is AntiGravity Yoga good fun but it's great for your overall health. By hanging upside down, the spine can decompress which can't be achieved entirely through a traditional practice on the mat. In fact, practising inversions and allowing gravity to do its job can give you a little extra height. However, the truth is that you're not actually growing. When you hang upside down, the spine is able to move back into natural alignment and ultimately inviting space back in between the vertebrates hence the growth spurt you might notice after a few sessions.
While AntiGravity Yoga is still new to Sydney, you can start flying at the House of Yoga, based in Redfern. For $25 you can give one class a go and if you're hooked after the first time, they offer 10 class passes for $200.