Wednesday, November 19, 2008
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY PART 2: ANTI-GRAVITY YOGA ANYONE?
As unlikely as it sounds, converts of 'AntiGravity Yoga' say the technique enables them to reach positions other exercises can't reach, leading to a better all-round work-out. Participants use a hammock suspended from the ceiling to carry out yoga, pilates and dance moves while defying gravity. It is becoming more and more popular in America and fitness experts believe it is only a matter of time before it 'takes off' here. Crunch, a US gym chain, has been pioneering AntiGravity Yoga with its one-hour sessions, which it has nick-named 'Wings'. The technique was invented by gymnast and Broadway dancer Christopher Harrison, who also came up with an acrobatic fitness regime that he called 'Cheernastics', based on American cheerleading. His company's website http://www.antigravityyoga.com explains: "The AntiGravity Hammock acts as a soft trapeze, supporting you as you master simple suspension techniques leading to advanced inverted poses. "AntiGravity yoga is unique; it is unbelievable for relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe." Other benefits of AntiGravity Yoga, according to the company, are that advanced yoga positions can be achieved "without neck or back compression" and one can "stretch further with less strain".It has already received celebrity endorsement in the form of singer Mariah Carey, who "flew in the air" in an AntiGravity Hammock on her 'Charmbracelet Tour'.