Posted by on 7/18/2021 to Let's Talk Yoga!
Using Gravity to Our Advantage? Let's Talk Antigravity Aerial Yoga!
Antigravity aerial yoga, a discipline created by Christopher Harrison, helps to defy gravity and to regain well-being and agility. Let's talk about antigravity aerial yoga and let’s find out how this discipline can help us!
Antigravity aerial yoga: the meaning
Antigravity means "against gravity". Antigravity yoga is a particular style of yoga, which seems to be the very latest in chronological order born from the encounter of millenary oriental wisdom with the sparkling oriental mind; it is practiced with the help of special "hammocks" that allow, in fact, to "defy gravity".
Origins and philosophy of antigravity aerial yoga
Antigravity aerial yoga is a fitness regimen designed to increase the general level of health and agility in the people who practice it. It is a discipline created by Christopher Harrison - an acrobatic dancer from Broadway - who wanted to combine acrobatic practices with the original philosophy of yoga. His desire is to allow everyone to experience the pleasant sensation of being suspended in the air, and to derive the physical benefits that derive from the classic yoga positions (asanas) thanks to the facilitation of the fabric hammock support.
Techniques taken from dance, Pilates and the American discipline called Calisthenics have been added to the typical yoga asanas to create a complete work that models the body by realigning the compressions due to gravity. The concept of using tools to facilitate the achievement of the position recalls the style of Iyengar yoga, but the difference is undoubtedly in adherence to its original principles. In the Antigravity technique, the reference to yoga is given more by the search for total body relaxation - and therefore a release from stress and mental fatigue - than by the search for fusion with the absolute; the practice is almost totally a fitness discipline that perhaps has only the name in common with yoga itself.
Practice of antigravity aerial yoga
The Antigravity aerial yoga session lasts about 45 minutes and is practiced with the aid of a special hammock hanging from the ceiling that allows the body to perform movements without the constraints of gravity. sana borrowed from yoga, movements of the Pilates method, and exercises typical of competitive artistic gymnastics accompany the lesson always carried out with the help of the hammock. The method is simple, safe and fun, the instructors assure: there is no danger, it is an acrobatic discipline open to all.
Music, usually New Age to promote relaxation, accompanies the entire session, at the end of which there is always a long relaxation completely suspended and abandoned in the hammock which, in this case, acts as a real bed.
The benefits of Antigravity aerial yoga
The benefits of Antigravity yoga are linked to the fact that the muscular effort is performed without being borne by the spine and therefore, even in the most complicated positions - think of the inverted positions of yoga - there is no danger of trauma.
In addition to not causing trauma, the fact of being "hung" on a support contributes to the stretching of the spinal column with consequent benefit of the entire musculoskeletal and nervous system. The muscles that are also strengthened, thanks to the proposed sequence of exercises, are those of the lower and upper limbs, of the abdominal band and the so-called "core muscle", the supporting muscles: all developing elegance of movement, fluidity, sense of balance and greater perception of one's body.
But, above all, the proponents of this discipline emphasize that it is extremely fun!
Are there any contraindications for antigravity aerial yoga?
Antigravity aerial yoga, in general, is a discipline that can be practiced without problems by anyone, regardless of age, since the risks and contraindications associated with it are very few and refer mainly to certain physical or health conditions. It is therefore always important to seek the advice of a doctor or speak to the instructor who follows the sessions.
To give an example, we do not recommend antigravity yoga for pregnant women, those with circulation problems, blood pressure and even heart patients, who must be particularly careful. The same scrupulousness must be shown by those who have returned from recent surgery, to avoid complications.
But as we specified at the beginning, in principle antigravity yoga is absolutely safe and is a type of yoga suitable for everyone, regardless of sex. We reiterate that there is not even an age limit: both young and old can experience it and find a valid ally against physical and mental stress.
In fact, yoga in general is a real cure-all for both the body and the spirit, and anti-gravity aerial yoga in this sense is no exception.
The only way to understand if it can really be right for you is to try it, certainly under the guidance of an expert who will explain how to do it, and indulge in the feeling of freedom that it can arouse. You may also find it fun, as well as deeply relaxing. Therefore, abandon all reticence and fear and approach yoga from another, original perspective. Upside down.