Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can anyone do AntiGravity® Yoga (AG®Y)? 
A: Provided one does not have any of the contraindications listed herein and barring any physical abnormalities, anyone who can do at least 3 consecutive sit ups can do AG®Y. AG®Y Restorative is more therapeutic and therefore more accessible to all than AG®Y Flying Fitness. To do all of the exercises in AG®Y, it is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core. 

Q: How hard is it? 
A: First of all it depends on which AG®Y class you take and which instructor you have. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work. AG®Y Restorative is easier to execute than AG®Y Flying Fitness. If you can do 3 consecutive sit ups, you can do AG®Y. 

Q: What are the contraindications (aka precautions) for AGY?
A: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute 
discogenic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours)

Q: Will I be successful in my first class?
A: Yes! Everyone leaves the class a success! Since this is a suspension YOGA class there is no competition nor ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear workout wear that covers armpits (sleeve) and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Tops: sports bra for females. Not too loose for guys. Remember, you will be upside down. 
Bottoms: If wearing tights make certain they are opaqe (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best. No socks (unless they are sticky). You may need sticky gloves if you have weak grip. PLEASE NO JEWELRY

Q: What should I bring?
A: Water, sweat towel and an open mind --- NO JEWELRY

Q: Do I need to be a yoga practitioner? A: No. But you will need an open mind. Q: Do I need to be physically fit?
A: Not necessarily. AG®Y is easier than regular yoga because the AG®Y Hammock supports you in your poses. However, AG®Y is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core.

Q: Which AG®Y class is best for me?
A: This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with a Beginners level group class, Immersion Workshop or Beginners course. AG®Y Restorative is less challenging than AG®Y Flying Fitness.

Q: How do I find an AG®Y class in my area?
A: We will post all AG®Y licensees on our contact us page. Their links will be our website. Class schedules should be available via their link.

Q: Should I come on an empty stomach?
A: We recommend having something in the stomach to stave off dizziness, however, we do not recommend a big meal.

Q: Will I get dizzy?
A: If one has a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia this is not the technique for them.

Q: How will I feel after?
A: You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will have a pump and you will be refreshed!

Q: Are all aerial yoga classes alike?
A: AG®Y is the original aerial yoga technique. Over 7 years went into the development of the technique after Mr. Harrison created the apparatus. He created a very specific nomenclature and sequencing that can be done safely. AG®Y is the only aerial yoga technique certified by the AFAA. Any other aerial yoga technique is a knock-off from the original and should be considered risky.

Q: Are you sure the AG®Y Hammock will hold me?
A: Every portion of the AG®Y is rated for over 2000 pounds (22kns). The points in the ceiling in an AGY studio have been placed by a professional contractor and certified by an engineer.

Q: How yoga is AG®Y?
A: This depends on your instructor. Although it is a hybrid technique, the class is a perfect formula for a body/mind/spirit class that brings about awareness. AG®Y classes in fitness gyms do not tend to be as spirit based as they are in yoga studios.

Q: What if I am afraid?
A: The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In AG®Y we bring ourselves to presence before we begin class. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. Remember, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” FDR.

Q: What if I am afraid of heights?
A: During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground.

Q: Can AG®Y make me taller?
A: Yes! Our promise to you is that after class you will be stretched to your maximum height, varying between ¼” to 1 ½” taller, unfortunately/ fortunately, the effects are not cumulative.

Q: Can AG®Y heal my back pain?
A: Our licensees, instructors and practitioners around the globe all have amazing testimonials of healing through our zero-compression inversions. We are currently having studies commissioned in order to gather concrete evidence, until then you will only know by coming to class.

Q:Can AG®Y be used as an effective cross-fit application?
A: Yes, we have many athletes from professional triathletes through to gold medal Olympic swimmers using this technique as a functional adjunct to their existing training schedules. To get an idea watch the video on the Galleries page of russian Batu Khasikov world champion kickboxer and his training approach.


The Scoliosis Sufferer

  • Anita Hall
    (I am a lawyer and lecturer, and spend most of my working days at a computer). I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 16, which I learnt to effectively manage for seven years with a combination of Iyengar yoga and swimming. My exercise regime went out the window when I commenced working full time as a trainee solicitor, and after nearly eight years of abandoned good intentions and computer work, the discomfort and pain were constant and had begun to interfere with everything, including sleep. I resolved that 'things had to change' and it was at this time that I heard about AGY from two very different sources. I was curious but skeptical when I signed up. It was in the first inversion in that first class I knew this was going to help. The pain was enough to bring me to the point of tears, but the relief in those tightest muscles along my spine and hips was almost instant. I left that class exhausted but invigorated. Continuing with AGY has helped to nearly eliminate the constant discomfort not only from the instant release of tension during class, but also through improving strength, muscle tone and posture. It's challenging, but the benefits have made it easy for me to stick with (the most consistent exercise regime I've started in the past nine years). Plus, it's as close to that childhood ambition of becoming a trapeze artist as I am likely to get!