I was surfing through Pinterest a few months ago when I came across of photo that captured my interest. Immediately my spine straightened up and I thought (and commented) how my spine was sighing just at the idea of gravity being applied in reverse. Right then and there I decided I HAD to try this out!
This past weekend I did. I drove down to Portland Friday after my last class—battled through inexplicable traffic jams and downpours from the sky—to Gravitas . Gravitas, the center for structural movement, offers a variety of classes. Their Anti-Gravity yoga class is a fusion of ‘traditional yoga principles with elements from aerial acrobatics, dance, pilates, and calisthenics.’
In spite of traffic and weather woes I arrived in time for their Anti-Gravity Restorative class, 90 minutes to release myself from the downward pull of gravity and suspend concerns or worries. I made my way back to the studio Saturday morning for their Anti-Gravity Foundations class….a total body workout like no other!
Use of the hammocks for support allows for a deepening of postures that might not be accessible on your mat. Body awareness is increased in trying to move within and around the hammock—I’m still feeling sore arm muscles! The hammocks offer a strain-less invitation for increased joint mobility and muscular flexibility. But for me, it was the inversions and the accompanying decompression of the spine that was the most remarkable.
And I haven’t mentioned anything about the FUN! Gravitas emphasizes that aspect of practice. Getting the hammocks swinging, hanging upside down sailing back and forth , and twirling around and around taps into your inner child and everyone’s longing to be free of gravity’s hold on us and fly!
It’s not the easiest for me to make it down to Portland, but it’s worth the trip! Learn more about Anti-Gravity yoga. I would encourage you to look up an Anti-Gravity studio near you and climb into a hammock to experience something words can’t accurately describe.
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