Soaring like a superhero in a hammock doing yoga at the same time. Yes you read it correctly. Best of You got the chance to try out AntiGravity yoga.
I must admit that I was nervous before I started – would I fall down on my head or make a total fool out of myself? It all started out very simple though and my anxiety quickly turned into joy. The instructor Jessica Svensson told us to breathe and focus on the present, but not forget to have fun and let our inner child shine through.
– AntiGravity yoga is definitely my favorite type of yoga. I wanted to become a circus artist when I was a child and this is actually a lot like that, Jessica says with a smile.
AntiGravity yoga was invented by the aerial performer Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer. This yoga form is a combination of yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics and is a great form of exercise. Jessica Svensson is the first AntiGravity yoga instructor in Sweden and she is the founder of the studio Yogaire in Stockholm.
So what are the benefits?
Apart from being a major stress release due to its high fun quotient, there are some serious health benefits associated with AntiGravity yoga. If you have back issues this type of yoga will do wonders. It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen and relax and strengthening your core at the same time.
Back to the class and my struggle to nail the upside-down pose. This was actually pretty hard, but after a few times I got the hang of it (no pun intended) and could even let go of the cloth and hang free. Weirdly enough it was thrilling and soothing at the same time. My favorite pose was the swing pose where you simply sat down on the fabric and walked a few steps back and let go.
Even though this was a great experience I must admit that I felt a bit clumsy and dizzy from time to time. Jessica told me that this would go away after a few times though so maybe I should give it another try. Who knows, maybe I’ll become a true AntiGravity acrobat?
In Stockholm and want to try it out? Visit yogaire.se
By: Victoria Thoors / Images borrowed from Yogaire