It’s been available for a while but we finally decided to try a Anti-Gravity Yoga class at Steve Nash Sports Club, downtown Vancouver.
Ani-Gravity Yoga involves performing exercises combining yoga, pilates, some gymnastic moves and stretches using a fabric hammock-type apparatus. Hanging about waist height, the hammock is your only equipment providing support when you’re grounded and suspending you above when elevating your game.
It was far more strenuous of a work than expected, the stretches are deeper, the lifts take a lot of strength, and the balance needed to do the aerial moves works the core. We only did the beginner class and found moves that we couldn’t master, it really highlighted the spots that need more work. The benefit of anti-gravity yoga are really felt in the stretch and taking the weight off helps realign the spine too. With small class sizes, the instruction is easy to follow and thankfully the instructor can see and assist you as well.
I’ll have to keep up with Hatha yoga too in order to build up some more flexibility and balance to successfully fulfill the anti-gravity class. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the apparatus, this is a hard work full-body workout, a great way to change up your work out or supplement your routine.
Anti-Gravity Yoga is available at Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown.