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AntiGravity® Yoga

by  Shantel Hanley on September 29, 2011
AntiGravity® Yoga

Working out can get mundane when you're doing the same thing over and over again or when you don't have any enthusiasm. Change up your fitness routine by trying something new that may be the total opposite of what you are used to.  This allows you to escape and create a new world for at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Yoga has always been a great fitness trend for escaping the pressures of the world and one that continues to reinvent itself. In the beginning yoga was a meditation tool for relieving stress and reconnecting with one's inner self and now it has emerged as a new art form by Christopher Harrison that combines dance, Pilates and calisthenics to manipulate physics while staying lightheaded.

AntiGravity® Yoga is traditional yoga with the assistance of hammocks. "It differs from traditional yoga because most of the poses are done suspended and you have a prop that help you distribute your weight evenly between the floor and the AntiGravity® hammock," says Carole Steinhauser, an AntiGravity® yoga instructor at Crunch fitness center in Miami Beach and fitness consultant for 15 years. With AntiGravity® Yoga, "You learn to have a different relationship with your body," shares Steinhauser. "Whereas in regular yoga you may not know what poses simulate what part of your body or how to distribute your weight but here you are guided so you can trust yourself. It is a great tool to learn to trust your body in space."

This new age yoga technique was a form of entertainment art before Harrison developed it into a fitness program with more than 1200 poses.

When your mind is running wild and you are looking for a place to release stress, yoga classes can help. But if you don't let go of the stress before starting the class, then you will not gain the release you desire before entering the class. "When taking the AntiGravity®  Yoga class, I want my clients to leave their problems at the door and focus on breathing," Steinhauser says.

People who haven't taken yoga before can also benefit from the technique. "It depends on the person and what they are looking for but most people really enjoy it because it is so new and it really helps with people who can be lightly distracted or Type-A personally type because they have a tool and usually that makes their yoga practice more entertaining than if they are in a room trying to focus on breathing," Steinhauser goes on to say.

Food is usually used as a stress reliever; more stress in one's life can cause a lot of unhealthy food to be consumed.  Steinhauser shares that food related illnesses are contributed to the way we use food to combat stress and that we really need to think about what we are putting into our mouth. "We don't make smart food choices or eat food in a conscious matter," says Steinhauser. Starting yoga or a regular fitness regime with the right attitude can help combat stress better than comfort food could.

"It is important that people find what is important for them and their personality; something that they can easily drift away and leave their worries behind. Once you are worry-free you can make conscious choices."

Photo credit: AntiGravity® Inc.

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Shantel Hanley

Shantel Hanley

Hanley studied print journalism and Spanish at Hampton University. full bio

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