What is AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga?

AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga is a unique fusion technique, revolutionary in relieving compressed joints and aligning the body from head to toe. The AntiGravity® Hammock acts as a soft trapeze and as a support while you master simple inversions and finally progress to more advanced poses.

AntiGravity® Yoga is a fitness regimen designed by Christopher Harrison to increase one's overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty. AntiGravity® is an acrobatic performance company whose daily workout utilizes the AntiGravity® Hammock. The technique was originally created for athletes and gymnasts and has since been modified and perfected for the everyday athlete. Incorporating components from dance, Pilates and calisthenics, AntiGravity® has created a complete workout that is certain to get you in shape while realigning you from the compression of gravity. AntiGravity® Yoga works to manipulate physics while staying lighthearted.

Christopher was initially drawn to yoga in the early 1990s while traveling in India. As world-class competitive gymnast, then later as a professional dancer, his body had experienced its share of abuse and was ready for healing. In his quest he discovered just how much of that healing was connected to his state of mind and positive attitude. Yoga revealed itself as the portal for that growth.

It is now 15 years later and he is indisputably considered the quintessential authority in aerial yoga. The AntiGravity® Yoga technique originally emerged from his experiences in the physical world - his yoga practice combined with the artistry he created as a choreographer for his aerial performance team, AntiGravity. AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga was born as a fusion technique. It became the necessary tool for Mr. Harrison to continue healing his body in order to continue to create his art.

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 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, we 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. Our performers found that working this apparatus gave them a great core and upper-body workout --- it shredded their abs. We also found that there were other hidden benefits from hanging upside down. We would relax in inversions only to discover it would revitalize our 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® Yoga is a technique that developed organically and naturally as a logical result from our work

Why AntiGravity Yoga? ...the Benefits

Zero Compression Inversions that allow circulatory and lymphatic systems to refresh while stimulating the release of neurotransmitters in the brain Decompression of the spine through gentle traction and hydration of vertebral discs Muscular tension release through self massage techniques Core strengthening Increased kinesthetic awareness; fine-tuning balance and increasing proprioceptor response for greater agility Low impact cardiovascular conditioning Self-esteem enhancement through process of conquering basic fears A creative and artistic mind-body experience

Testimonials

The Master Yoga Instructor

  • Renae Stevens
    I have enjoyed 20 years of teaching yoga and believe the yogic methods offer keystones for physical vitality and mental health. However to receive the benefits of advanced yoga practices, such as inversions, requires careful, committed physical development in order to execute the postures safely, and may never be suitable for some bodies to attempt due to existing vulnerabilities. AntiGravity® removes this limitation by providing a system where an individual can experience the circulatory benefits immediately of advanced postures such as the inversion with zero risk of compression injury. It has the ability to be used as a progressive training to prepare for full loading in floor yoga and can develop a sensory understanding of advanced skills and rapidly improve alignment awareness and proprioceptive neuromuscular control. It can also be used to functionally condition the individual using varying relationships to gravity. The greatest joy of teaching AntiGravity® for me is knowing that every student can access these benefits and be in control of their own adjustments by learning how to effectively use the hammock. For my own longevity as a teacher, I have found relief for my joints that have suffered from repetitive compressive movements in teaching yoga, allowing me to keep teaching without wearing my own body out!