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.
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