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Anti-gravity yoga provides high-flying workout

December 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Anti-gravity yoga works your body using a variety of popular exercises, all the while helping to decompress your overworked spine.

Anti-gravity yoga combines Vinyasa yoga, aerial dance, Pilates and calisthenics. By distributing your weight equally on a hammock, you work to give your back a break.

On an average day, our spines shrink between a quarter and three-quarters of an inch. Anti-gravity yoga aims to help your spine decompress, helping you relieve pain while feeling your spirits soar.

"The inversion, going upside down, is a known way to stimulate the pituitary gland in your body which is responsible for mood enhancement," said Christine Raffa of Raffa Power Yoga.

Not only can you build strength, agility and flexibility, students say flying is the ultimate high.

"Today's lesson was a breakthrough. My hip feels better than it's ever felt in months," said yoga student Jeannette Garcia.

Another student Katie Adelston said trusting the hammock gives her a wonderful feeling of letting go.

"I've done every sport just about, and wrestling is the most demanding, and this blew my mind," said another student Jack Tobin.

Anti-gravity yoga uses gravity to change your mind and body.


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