Yoga With Wings
Article by Tameera Kemp
Having just mastered the poses, ready to embrace my yoga enlightenment mind, body and soul, an exciting new trend has arrived. Would be gymnasts, circus trapeze artists or anyone wishing to re-live their childhood memories of an afternoon on the swings will love this…Anti-gravity yoga or as I like to call it – Yoga with wings.
Anti gravity yoga embraces the fundamentals of yoga but with added zing.The basic concept has similarities we all can relate to from playground days, headstands, handstands and hanging upside down by your legs on the climbing bars, even if you couldn’t manage them, we all wanted to have a go. The usual yoga mat is replaced by what can only be described as a giant body sling – like a small hammock suspended from the ceiling.
With the benefits of yoga and a few inverted poses thrown in, there’s a creative touch to this exercise like no other, it incorporates components from dance, Pilates and calisthenics.
Originally developed by Christopher Harrison, an aerial choreographer who co-founded the world-famous acrobatic performance troupe, Antigravity Inc saw his dream of combining artistic creation with gymnastics come alive. His experience as an international athlete and gym coach with a love for dance soon brought his dream to fruition. He realised a fabric swing delivered a hardcore upper body workout giving dancers abs of steel, which he co-ordinated exercise routines into.
Believing the conviction “anything is possible” this feet free yoga works beyond even the wildest imagination. Suddenly your body is able to contort, swing and stretch in different ways you never thought possible. Perfect for all sorts of posture problems and effective even after hours spent at the computer desk, the benefits are endless.
Bringing an element of “play” into the art of yoga and exercise, gives a breath-taking workout. It works on the principal of strengthening core muscles whilst working with gravity to help realign the spine whilst having a lot of fun. Maybe we have something to learn from bats and monkeys as we’re swinging around hanging upside down.
The after effects of “inversion therapy” are known to provide a rush of blood circulation clearing blocked energies whilst helping oxygen and blood to flow to stagnant areas in your body as well as removing toxins.
This is essentially bringing you into your flow. Working with a weightless feeling, which gives freedom of body movement as well as mental focus.
There’s no doubt awareness and creativity all have a place in keeping our bodies happy.With new ideas and concepts to keep us healthy, developments can really take us to new heights and “yoga with wings” can make the unbelievable possible.
Have you tried “yoga with wings”?
About the Author
Tameera Kemp is the founder of Light Stays Retreats and Living – the worlds most advanced holistic directory for retreats, events and classes.
Tameera enjoys visiting retreats and taking regular classes to balance energy, increase awareness and gain new perspective. She’s practised astrology and numerology for around 20 years assisting people with life cycles, direction, clarity and understanding.
She formerly managed adult education for eight years at a top Australian university, creating one of their most successful course programs in journalism, media and communications.
Tameera has a special interest in websites and their power to connect people worldwide, blogging, social media and developing online resources to enrich personal development, wellbeing, creativity, travel and growth.
Tameera established Light Stays Retreats and Living in 2011 creating her dream global resource to inspire and guide your journey.
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