AntiGravity Yoga is a form combining traditional yoga, poses with aerial arts, pilates and dance. This technique is the first in a new genre known as suspension fitness.

Developed by former gymnast and dancer, Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity Yoga's major advantage is that it allows you to stretch and strengthen without overstressing your joints or compressing your vertebrae. 

The hammock, a long piece of silky fabric, acts as your support system while practicing AntiGravity yoga. Using the hammock, you learn to invert and hang suspended in the air. The hammock supports your hips for forward bends and backbends. 

The class emphasis is to have fun while learning new skills while experiencing a total body workout, OM Factory, which offers yoga training, says in their Web site. You will learn to fly, hold and balance in challenging yoga poses longer, gain better kinesthetic awareness, build cardiovascular and muscular strength, become more flexible, increase joint mobility, decompress the vertebrae of the spine without strain and utilize the agility you've gained from yoga to play with gravity!

Currently AntiGravity yoga classes are being conducted in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Utah, as well as internationally in Barcelona, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Cayman Islands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, the UK and Italy.

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