Six Reasons to try Antigravity
Yoga is renowned for stretching, relaxing and meditation. But the introduction of Antigravity Yoga into your routine could help you reap even more rewards, both physically and emotionally.
It lowers stress, relieves anxiety, reduces inflammation and can even help decrease chronic pain. There’s no doubt Yoga is a magic practice - bringing together the mind and body to optimise both mental and physical health.
Its myriad of benefits mean that the ancient practise is constantly being reimagined and reinvented in unique ways. Which brings us to Antigravity Yoga - also known as aerial yoga or zero-gravity yoga. Incorporating yoga, pilates and aerial acrobatics, the class involves using a hammock-like apparatus to work against gravity.
Learn more in this exclusive interview with Christopher Harrison - the creator of Antigravity.
Given the grace of the sport, it’s no surprise to know that the exercise was designed by aerial performer Christopher Harrison, a former broadway choreographer and gymnast. But don’t let that put you off - Antigravity is an exercise for all. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian and supermodel Natasha Poly are all fans of Antigravity. Here are six reasons why you should try it:
1. Total workout for the body.
Combining yoga with calisthenics and aerial moves, Antigravity is a slower workout, requiring more concentration and effort due to the gravitational pull. Every movement is performed fully, meaning your whole body will benefit.
2. Core strength and fat loss.
Antigravity exercises help towards strengthening the core muscles, including the back, stomach and pelvis to improve all-round physical strength. The more muscle you build, the better your body performs in burning fat.
3. Helps with back problems.
Although there’s very little research undertaken on proving the benefits of Antigravity with back pain, if we look into physiotherapy anti-gravity stretches we can see that these stretches are used to improve conditions such as scoliosis and muscle spasms. Applying force to the spine separates the vertebrae, relieving pressure on discs and ligaments. The same occurs during Antigravity exercises. It gives you the ability to hang freely, while decompressing and lengthening your spine.
4. Increases flexibility.
This overall body stretching exercise reaches muscles and parts of the body that regular exercise may not be able to. Being suspended from a hammock in an upside-down position will inevitably use muscles which are not implemented during standard non-gravity-defying workouts. More freedom is given to our muscles, as the hammock supports and assists to manipulate the body into positions we normally struggle to reach.
5. Improved circulation and it’s good for your heart.
As part of our blood recycling process, our heart pumps to release oxygenated blood around the body and brings back deoxygenated blood. By turning upside-down, the blood rushes to our heart which rejuvenates circulation and is less taxing on the heart. (Please always consult a medical professional if you have blood circulation problems such as low or high blood pressure).
6. Improves your mood.
When you first attempt this class, you’ll be overwhelmed with adrenaline due to topsy-turvy positions you’ve never experienced before. Being upside-down increases adrenaline and produces hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and good old endorphins, improving our all-round happiness. Holmes Place Antigravity classes are available to bring this experience to you - book up today to see how this unique and rewarding exercise can improve your flexibility and fitness while having heaps of fun.
ready to discover even more benefits? Give it a try!