In the health and fitness world, new trends pop up quicker than you can say turmeric latte, and being the inquisitive bunch we are – we’re always among the first to dip our toe in the trend pool. Superfood lattes – been there, done that, dance inspired workouts – we’ve plied and relived all the way, but we recently took trend research to a whole new level (literally) when we put our minds and bodies to the ultimate test with AntiGravity Yoga.
They say great things never come from comfort zones, and trust me when I say nothing pushes you further out of that zone quite like an hour of AntiGravity Yoga – a class that delivers exactly what the name implies!
What we did: AntiGravity Yoga
Where we did it: InspireCycle, Brisbane QLD
What we did: The 60-minute class started with a group of apprehensive women walking into what looked like the set of 50-Shades of Grey, into a studio adorned with 20 silk hammocks suspended from the roof. Our amazing instructor Torie started us off with a series of movements that focused on loosening the spine and hips as we built our confidence up before we got down into a series of inversions, flips and challenging core work that worked the entire body.
What are the benefits: In the same vein as traditional yoga, AntiGravity Yoga helps increase strength and flexibility with some serious benefits for your spine health, which is often a neglected part of group fitness. Allowing your body to hang freely in a series of inversions lets your spine lengthen and decompress so your back falls into correct alignment – an exercise extremely beneficial for those of us who sit at a desk all day, which shortens and compresses the spine. The inversions also increase blood flow to the head, which aids in all sorts of things from circulation to skin tone and cellular rejuvenation.
What we thought:
Lorna Jane Clarkson: Yoga Queen – “I never really mastered back-flips or even cart-wheels as a child so I was a little apprehensive at first. But we started slow and before I knew it I was flipping and flying like an pro. Will definitely be back for more.”
Lisa Anderson – Intermediate/ Yogi Wannabe – “I had tried AntiGravity Yoga once before and loved it, so I jumped at the chance to give it another go. The way the hammock takes your bodyweight allows you to really elongate and stretch out in a way that you can’t achieve on the floor. I loved the childlike feeling of swinging back and forth, and the calmness of being in Savasana in the ‘cocoon.’ I will definitely be back!”
Lexie Mamo – Yoga Teacher: “I was super excited to take inversions to the next level and to practice these in a more restorative way. I left with my muscles feeling relaxed and lengthened. My only question is… where do I sign up?!”
Phoebe Parsons – Yoga Rookie: “As a cardio addict I was apprehensive to stray from my comfort zone – but turns out a bit of soaring, stretching and suspension is surprisingly calming and did wonders for relieving tension in my tight muscles”
Intrigued? Try a class today at InspireCycle!