Anti-Gravity Yoga is one of the hottest trends to recently hit the yoga scene and is an awesome way to challenge yourself, learn something new, and reap all the amazing benefits yoga has to offer. Done while hanging off the ground, a silky hammock acts as your support as you move your body into different poses.
Anti-Gravity yoga allows you to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch your body without overstressing your joints. Performed by support from the hammock, you learn to do poses while suspended in mid-air. This suspension makes an excellent support for forward bends and backward bends, while lessening any fears or apprehensions that often come with these poses. The hammock used in anti-gravity yoga can be manipulated in a number of ways to help guide you through different poses while offering extra support.
There are some that express anti-gravity yoga isn’t really yoga at all, but just an acrobatic workout. Yoga, however, is a very wide discipline and anti-gravity yoga is definitely recognized as some sort of form of yoga. This form takes bits and pieces from yoga, Pilates, dance, and aerobics combining them all into one workout that is different from anything you’ve ever tried. Anti-Gravity yoga will definitely work you, and is a fun way to mix up your normal practice. One of the best parts about anti-gravity yoga? Savasana. At the end of your practice, you can wrap up in your hammock like a cocoon and gently sway for this final resting pose.
A few words of advice if you’re interested in giving anti-gravity yoga a try. You will definitely want to wear long sleeves and pants to this class as the hammock can dig into your arms and legs. It’s advised to practice yoga on an empty stomach, and anti-gravity yoga is definitely no exception to this rule. The hammock will dig into your abdomen, and if you’ve got a full belly this could make poses more than a little uncomfortable. The best advice? Have fun! This new form of yoga is exciting and can offer you a world out of your comfort zone that will give added confidence and a whole new way in which you look at your practice.
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