If you still haven't tried anti gravity yoga aka aerial yoga, then you really need to jump onto the bandwagon. Here's why you should try anti gravity yoga in 2016:
Aerial yoga involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like swing. Think Cirque du Soleil for beginners!
It's a great new and exciting way of doing a full body workout, and hey, who doesn't like swinging around upside down playing kid every now and then.
Apart from the fun, there's actually some serious health benefits associated with the sport. Without the compression of the joints, especially the back, it's easier to achieve a proper posture by relaxing rather than trying to force yourself into an alignment that seems unnatural.
- It's great for anyone with back issues, because the free hanging allows your spine to destress and lenghten.
- It also helps increase strength and flexibility
- The different types of stretches combined with the flippin' around helps improve the digestive system
- It's a beautiful mind-body-spirit experience!
There will be some yoga favourites like downward dog and child pose, but then there's all the fun new stuff like the "awesome possum" and "the chandelier" (can you guess what that looks like?)
Here are a couple of things to remember for anti gravity yoga
- Wear comfortable clothing but tight close to prevent the extra fabric getting int he way.
- No need for shoes!
- Remove all jewellery (necklace, bracelets, rings, and, earrings) before class.
- I wouldn't recommend eating a heavy meal right before the workout. Stick to a light meal instead.
After an hour of swinging back and forth, flipping upside down and pushing your body in a whole new way, it’s hard not to leave the class with a big smile on your face.
Here’s the full video of my antigravity yoga workout at Phuket Cleanse I did a couple months back. Enjoy!