So anoyone that knows me personally, knows that I’m always down for a little adventure. I’m always looking for something new to try…and if it involves me getting physical- I’M ALL FOR IT!
So I heard about Aerial Yoga quite some time ago, and it sparked my interest. I didnt know much about Aerial Yoga besides the fact that some of it is practiced upside down while in a hammock. YES PLEASE! The thought of Yoga in a hammock got me super excited so I had to find a class ASAP! And I’m glad I did! I found a studio in Baltimore (Yoga on York) that had a class that fit into my schedule so I signed up with no hesitation.
After taking the class, I will say that it’s a class everyone should experience. It’s a typical Yoga class so anyone that takes Yoga will be familiar with some of the poses, but the hammock adds a different element of stability and balance and it really works the core area! I wasn’t a huge fan of hanging upside down for a long period of time, but I was told that’s something one must get used to. After hanging upside down for a while it was difficult to get up, and once I was up I felt a huge rush of blood flow through my body and I was a bit dizzy.
I would go to Aerial Yoga again, because I get a REALLY great stretch. Using the hammock to increase the stretch in certain poses really helped me out and laying in the hammock for Shavasana was BLISSFUL. I felt a floating sensation, a feeling of complete calm and lightness. I would take the class again just for that feeling! It was amazing!
Anyone that loves trying new workouts…should sign up for a class TODAY!! You’ll thank me after when your body feels 5 inches taller from the amazing stretch!
Here are some facts about Aerial Yoga aka “Anti-Gravity” Yoga…

The benefits of AntiGravity Yoga

Apart from being a major stress-buster due to its high fun quotient, there are some serious health benefits associated with AntiGravity Yoga. “Anyone that has back issues should be doing this class,” says Bill Davis, director of group fitness for The Athletic Club in Brantford, Ont. “It’s better than an inversion table. It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen. People who have taken the class here always comment on how much better their back feels afterward.” Instructor Katlynn MacDonald can attest to this. After suffering from sciatica for years, she has found that practicing AntiGravity Yoga helps to relieve her pain.

In addition to decompressing the spine, AntiGravity Yoga can help to increase strength and flexibility, as well as bring you greater awareness of your body. “It’s a real mind-body-spirit experience,” says instructor Sandra Caniglia, who has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years, and is also an avid runner. “It really does help in other areas of our lives, too. The core work is a huge benefit for running and I’ve found that I can recover faster.”

More than Yoga

AntiGravity Yoga isn’t just a yoga workout—it combines several different exercise styles. “Lots of people who aren’t into yoga still do AntiGravity,” says Davis. Even the instructors come from a variety of fitness backgrounds—MacDonald’s background is in gymnastics and dance, while another instructor’s specialty is Pilates.

While you’ll still find yoga favourites like “downward dog” and “cat-cow,” you’ll also get to experience new moves like “the awesome possum” and “the chandelier.” And Davis notes that every class features inversions, so that participants can enjoy a spinal decompression.