This is something I definitely never imagined I could do, but today, I found myself flying, flipping, and doing all sorts of fun things three feet off the ground:-)
I’m so happy I finally got to try out Anti-Gravity Yoga for the first time ever! From the moment I saw that bright blue hammocks hanging in the yoga studio a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to try it sooner than later:)
First, here is a little bit background of AGY (anti-gravity yoga): AGY is a new kind of workout invented by aerial performer Christopher Harrison—a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer. It involves performing a series of exercises inspired by Yoga, Pilates, Calisthenics and Aerial Acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout. Think Cirque du Soleil for all my fellow gym-goers. Even celebrities are getting in on the AntiGravity action; pop singer Pink used one of Harrison’s hammocks for the daring routine that she performed during the 2010 Grammy Awards.
The practice is so much fun! I LOVE feeling like a kid swinging around on some ropes. The best part is that I was not a gymnast nor a cheerleader, being upside down and/or flipping back and forth are totally beyond my flexibility level:) But, with the help of my hammock, guess what, I CAN flip and I CAN fly~~~!
Actually, this is exactly what the instructor told us about the benefit of AGY: The majority of the harder yoga techniques are the most beneficial, but performing them can lead to neck and back compression whilst holding them correctly is difficult without support. With AGY, you can perform advanced yoga techniques without any compression on your joints. Furthermore, you can hold them for longer because balance is not an issue in the hammock.
Other than having flying fitness fun, another big thing I learned from today’s AGY is: trust! I mean on so many levels. Trusting the hammock, the instructor and myself. One of the first postures we did is an inversion, which brought a lot of fear for first timers like myself. After I have been successful at this technique and it’s amazing to feel the fear subside throughout the class.
At the end of the class, when I was freely swinging inside my hammock, I really enjoyed the feeling of being free, relaxed, and happier~~~:)
P.S. this is the look of “first inversion pose” in AGY ~~~