Hot yoga is so passe. Even floating yoga, or yoga on the water is, like, so last week! The latest craze is upside-down yoga, or AntiGravity Yoga. Sounds so Jetsons, right? Like you need to get in a space shuttle to do it, or go to one of those indoor skydiving spots. Child pose in midair?! Wacky!
It's actually the creation of a man named Christopher Harrison, who is an acrobat and gymnast. Over the past 10 years, Harrison designed the workout, which is 40 percent yoga, along with a fusion of acrobatics, Pilates, and dance. It's practiced a few feet above the ground in a silk hammock that can close around a person to form a "peaceful pod." A class in session looks like many human-sized cocoons or bats or something, suspended from a gym ceiling.
I know -- it's REALLY bizarre ... but I totally want to try it!!
You know those workouts that come along every couple of years that make it seem like you'll change your whole body and life with the help of some stupid accessory or fancy footwear ... but you're really just doing the same old cardio or weight-training or yoga? Yeah, I hate that kind of thing. But I don't see this being the same. Because Harrison explains that hanging upside-down balances out the body, enhances abdominal workouts, and opens up (decompresses) the spine. He even said his own mother, who suffered from back problems, has found success from doing the Cirque du Soleil-ish workout.
Pretty awesome seal of approval right there!
As someone who has suffered from a herniated disc and my own set of serious back problems, I've been seeking a form of therapy like this for a while. My boyfriend has even tried to get me into something called "inversion therapy," in which lying on a table that gets turned upside-down supposedly helps the pull of gravity decompress the joints of the body. Makes sense.
But I'm not about to spend big bucks on some inversion table to do that. On the other hand, AntiGravity Yoga seems like a calming, totally cool way to get the same effect. Plus, who wouldn't want to be enveloped in a self-contained silk pod, so you can LITERALLY shut out the rest of the world and get better awareness of your mind, body, and spirit? Sounds fab and, like, just what the yogi called for.
Here's a fun video from The View, so you can actually see Harrison doing some poses:
Would you try AntiGravity Yoga?
Image via AntiGravityYoga.com