Anti-gravity Yoga has reached British shores.
After many decades of traditional Yoga inspired by the East, specially the Indian subcontinent, we now have a reformed version from the West.
Aerial yoga as it’s known is the latest trend from the U.S.
Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it, and it has taken the yoga universe by storm. Anti-gravity classes are springing up all over the U.K. with mid-air yoga replacing the mat and the hard floor.
It is thought Zero-gravity, aerial yoga helps to improve blood circulation and puts less stress on joints, while detoxing the body through its natural channels which should be opened up again. According to The Telegraph, Swaying gently back and forth while doing the poses will help strengthen your muscles.
The Telegraph reports:
It has been popularised by former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison, the man behind the amazingly energetic Cirque du Soleil. And knowing this, it’s easy to see why anti-gravity yoga is more like a mild form of the acrobatics you would expect to marvel at under the Big Top.
Throw in some basic Pilates and the intensity of a modest gym workout and this seems a long way from traditional yoga performed on a mat on the floor.
Sure, you may be thinking that you and Paltrow don’t often overlap when it comes to preferred fitness regimes. But anti-gravity yoga isn’t as out of reach as you might suspect. Classes are now springing up all over the country.
Many sessions are available at Virgin Active gyms while you can find your nearest class by visiting www.antigravityyoga.co.uk. All you need is loose-fitting gym kit, a desire to be flexible (in a physical, not social, sense) and the will to eventually be as graceful as gymnast Louis Smith when poised on his pommel horse.
So what’s so different about this form of yoga? The key accessory is a special type of hammock (no, not what you would lounge on at a Caribbean beach).
It supports your body weight as you do all manner of moves that without its assistance would leave you in a heap on the floor. With your sturdy hammock suspended from the ceiling to wrap your legs around, handstands and such moves suddenly become mere child’s play. Easy!
Devotees of aerial yoga claim hanging upside down can do wonderful things to your body. Although nothing has been scientifically proven, all that inverting is said to improve blood circulation and relax the spine.
Swaying gently back and forth while doing the poses will also strengthen your muscles, especially in your core, as you get into the swing of it.
So if you’re looking to try your hand at a unique new fitness craze, why not sign up for a beginner’s class? You just might fall in love with anti-gravity yoga. And if you fail miserably, at least you’ll have an interesting story to tell at your next dinner party.
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