antigravity yoga



Compression-free inversion with Anti-Gravity Yoga
We love the grace of yoga; the fluidity as one pose morphs into another. When Vancouver yogi Tedi Martin introduced us to Antigravity yoga, we nestled into the safety of our duvet-cocoons and the beauty of yoga fused with man's primordial desire to fly (you're only a couple of feet off the ground but you still feel like an acrobat).

the nuts & bolts of antigravity yoga

What do you love, love, love about antigravity yoga?
I LOVE feeling like a kid swinging around on some ropes. The best part is it's SO MUCH FUN! I love being upside down! Antigravity yoga (AGY) looked like an art form that I've always wanted to try but have never had the arena to explore. Most people would recognise the hammock from Pink's performance at the Grammy's.

Do you see it as a progression from other yoga practices or a corruption?
I believe that one's exercise should be well balanced with all types of activities. Too much of any one thing is not healthy. AGY is just another fantastic movement form to be added to the mix.

Does AGY work against the benefits of traditional yoga
No, they are complementary. I would never leave my regular yoga practice or even decrease the frequency. I have been adding AGY and it has only helped. For many people who are learning inversions, AGY helps to build that kinesthetic awareness of having your hips above your shoulders.

what to expect

What should people wear for AGY?
It is important to wear sleeves (long or short) for when we wrap the hammock around our arms. One thing I've noticed with men is it might be better to wear tighter shorts (or bike shorts underneath) as some of the 'booty wrap' poses like to take loose shorts with them.

antigravity yoga benefits

> zero compression inversions
> low impact cardio conditioning
> increases kinesthetic awareness
> uniquely fun
> you will leave 1/4" taller!

antigravity history

Christopher Harrison started the Anti Gravity Fitness and Entertainment brand in 1990. It started in New York, and now it's in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, USA and Canada.

Do people need to be familiar with yoga positions before they start AGY?
Definitely not. The Steve Nash Sports Club is the only place in Vancouver with AGY and it's a brand new program. So in my classes, at the moment, everybody is a beginner.

What is the biggest issue for most people when they come in?
Trust. On so many levels. Trusting the hammock, the teacher and themselves. One of the first postures we do is an inversion, which can bring a lot of fear. Everybody has been successful at this technique and it's amazing to watch the fear subside throughout the class. Each person leaves feeling accomplished.

The amazing video above captures so much of the beauty of antigravity yoga but it has to be experienced to feel the gravity-pulling, hammock-supporting serenity of it.

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Comment by Shiloh — May 13, 2011 @ 2:32 pm


The Athletic Club also features Anti-Gravity Yoga at its many locations. Class focus can vary from Yoga or Cardio & Strength. I recommend everyone come try this awesome class, you will not regret it!

Comment by TAC — May 16, 2011 @ 8:49 am


Buyer bewear!!!!

I heard that this was an upscale line. Purchased a pair of the lace panties
(as others) ride up and bunch. Used their chart for the perfect size
only to find the same thing happening.
Contacted lululemon and received a reply back that I need to order a size
up or down.

16.00 is a bit for a pair of underwear that the company does not stand
by and offer some kind of assistance.

Comment by Karen — May 16, 2011 @ 7:56 pm


Sorry but there’s none Anti-Gravity here. Gravity is a constant force for us, earthlings, unless you have a gravity zero chamber like NASA. Nice try, though.

Comment by Danto — May 19, 2011 @ 5:41 pm


What a great piece! I’ve always wanted to try this out. Wonder where I can find AGY in Toronto. Hmmm.

To Google!

Comment by Aleksandra S — May 19, 2011 @ 9:54 pm


That is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The video itself is lovely and so serene, but I am intrigued by the practice. I’ve never heard of it before! I think I’m now determined to find somewhere that practices anti-gravity yoga! Do you think you will ever release a list of studios in Canada?

Comment by Ashley Barks — May 20, 2011 @ 7:14 am


Are there any classes like this offered in Calgary, AB?

Comment by Andrea — May 20, 2011 @ 7:30 am


Thanks Tedi for the fabulous anti-gravity yoga video! The team at Interlude Spa has been teaching A-G Yoga now for 2 years and have an amazing, diverse group of followers that have transformed not only their bodies but their confidence in what they are truly capable of achieving by overcoming their fear of inverting, flipping and flying! Happy Hanging! Kim

Comment by Kim Kraushar — May 20, 2011 @ 7:48 am


Hi Ashley and Andrea,
Antigravity yoga is a relatively new practice. I think you’ll start to see it pop up in more and more studios as time goes on. I don’t have a list of studios offering this right now, but, if you’re near a lululemon store, I’d pop in and see if the educators have any tips on where to go: http://www.lululemon.com/stores/
~ Laura, GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — May 20, 2011 @ 8:54 am


I love this yoga!! i do it at an amazing studio called Bspoke Athetics at Dupont and Spadina. Love it!

Comment by alison — May 27, 2011 @ 6:54 pm


Check out bspokeathletics.com for aerial yoga in Toronto. Very cool space and small class sizes for lot’s of personal attention.

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Comment by kafia — May 31, 2011 @ 11:38 pm


This sounds fantastic…and in fact I’ve just signed up for a class of this in Nashville, my home town..They are the only studio in town who is offering this class & am lookin forward to it.

I AM wondering if you still get a good physical workout?

Comment by claudia — June 13, 2011 @ 10:56 am


Where in the Dallas Fort Worth area can you go to a class?

Comment by Ana — August 16, 2011 @ 6:48 pm


Hey Ana,

I’d recommend checking with your local store. They should have the best information about what’s available in your area!

~ Jordan
GEC Online Community

Comment by GEC Online Community — August 17, 2011 @ 5:16 pm


wonderful video on yoga.

Comment by THOMASTAYLOR — December 18, 2012 @ 11:25 pm


Where is the best place to buy an antigravity yoga hammock online ?

Comment by Cyndi — January 23, 2013 @ 2:28 pm


Hey Cyndi,
Do you have a studio in your area that offers anti-gravity yoga? I’d actually recommend chatting with them about their set up. They may be able to direct you where they got their’s from too. I am sure it’s possible to install one, though I haven’t heard of it myself.
~Jenna

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 25, 2013 @ 1:57 pm


Aero Yoga is really amazing. And your video on agy was so tender and fresh… please say, what music is used there? I liked it so much!

Comment by Vera — March 7, 2013 @ 11:09 am


Good question, Vera. I believe this is actually some sample music we used for this video.
~Jenna

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 8, 2013 @ 3:32 pm


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