What is AntiGravity?
AntiGravity Fitness is the leading proprietorial method in the aerial yoga trend. Developed by former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity Yoga provides a workout that allows you to stretch and strengthen without overstressing your joints or compressing your vertebrae.
The AntiGravity Hammock is a structural fabric that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze. The AntiGravity® Hammock is utilized to change one's dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics.
The key to AntiGravity Fitness is the hammock, a swath of silky fabric that acts as your support system. Using the hammock, you learn to invert and hang suspended in the air. The hammock supports your hips for forward bends and backbends. It acts as your seat for any number of variations on the ab-tastic crunch. It can be looped around one foot as you stand on the other for versions of standing big toe pose and king dancer, applications that are reminiscent of an Iyengar-style ropes wall. Best of all, the hammock wraps you in your own little cocoon for a swaying savasana.
The technique of working on fabric as a performance apparatus is fairly new in the aerial arts, emerging in the mid 1990's. As far as we know, AnitGravity were the first company to use the apparatus looped as a hammock or swing rather than like a rope. This was actually because our original company members were not circus performers, but athletes and dancers. It was much safer to have a seat at the bottom of the hanging fabric. Performers found that working this apparatus gave them a great core and upper-body workout --- it shredded their abs. They also found that there were other hidden benefits from hanging upside down. They would relax in inversions only to discover it would revitalize their entire body. Aerialists who work on this apparatus tend to be a very positive and upbeat group and for many they have performance careers that continue well into their forties. In essence, AntiGravity Fitness is a technique that developed organically and naturally as a logical result from Christoper Harrisons work!