Antigravity Yoga: Soaring Into Shape

December 28, 2011 9:05:32 AM PST
Exercise is thought to help boost your mood, but what about lift your spirits? There is a form of yoga that could help do that, and it has some people literally flying high.

BACKGROUND: Christopher Harrison is the creator of the new AntiGravity Hammock that involves a structural fabric that is connected on to overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze. It is utilized to change one's dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics.

Harrison was originally drawn to yoga in the 1990s when he traveled to India. As a world-class competitive gymnast and professional dancer he wanted to find a way to heal his body. He discovered yoga as a way to heal by connecting his state of mind and a positive attitude. Fifteen years later he decided to combine dance, Pilates and calisthenics by creating the AntiGravity Hammock. (

HOW IT WORKS: Originally when the AntiGravity Hammock was created it was used by athletes and dancers. Those who first used the apparatus found that it worked their core and provided a great upper body workout. It also claims to fight against the aging effects of gravity. Stating that as the body ages, joints need to be pushed to maintain mobility. Therefore, the muscles need to be worked to maintain proper alignment and the discs need to be hydrated to minimize deterioration. Furthermore, balance, body line and agility are dependent on sensory receptors.

With the use of physical activities such as the AntiGravity Hammock, awareness of the three can be achieved. (

HEALTH BENEFITS: Yoga has many health benefits because it brings physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of mind and body, helping to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress reduction is one of the health benefits because as one moves the body through certain poses that require balance and concentration while keeping a steady, calm breath; the focus is taken inward and away from the busy and chaotic day.

Another benefit is increased fitness, because through learning and refining the poses it improves flexibility, balance, range of motion and strength, therefore making it less likely to injure oneself in during other physical activities. Yoga may also help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia, by helping with sleep problems, fatigue and mood. It can also help reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Last, but not least, yoga can help with weight loss.

Yoga may help one make the healthy lifestyle changes necessary to gain control of eating and lose those extra pounds. (

? For More Information, Contact:

Christine Raffa
Raffa Power Yoga
(857) 205- 2500

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