Mimi ON Jan 13, 2012 AT 2:00 pm
Is this the future of fitness, writes Natasha Eddery?
We all indulge perhaps a little too much over the Christmas period and why not, after all, ‘tis the season to be jolly. But when the New Year rolls around, we are faced with the inevitable; shift unwanted pounds and get ready for spring when we can no longer hide under our heavy-duty winter coats.
But this time of year is particularly hard to get motivated, especially when it’s so very cold and grey outside. So, what if I told you I have found an incredibly fun, playful fitness regime that will get you into shape and, thankfully, it doesn’t involve sweating it out on the treadmill or taking part in any of those horrid, military style spinning classes.
Well ladies, this godsend is called antigravity yoga, also known as “suspension fitness”. The technique, which was created in the US by Aerial choreographer and Broadway dancer, Christopher Harrison, incorporates yoga, dance, gymnastics, pilates and aerial arts. It requires participants to swing, stretch and tone their bodies within an orange silk hammock that is suspended from the ceiling.
The hammock, which really is the most wonderful invention, not only makes your workout fun, the flying downward dog has to be my favorite pose, but, most importantly, it increases blood flow and takes the weight off your spine and joints so there is absolutely no risk or strain involved.
Antigravity yoga really is a brilliant workout, which focuses on cardiovascular and muscular strength. While there is “yoga” in the title, it is not just about stretching and relaxing the body and mind. After your first session, you will find you have worked muscles you never even knew you had.
So, if you fancy defying the laws of gravity while getting yourself into great shape, try antigravity yoga at The Chelsea Club, (Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS). Classes are £30 for non-members. For more info visit: www.thechelseaclub.com & www.Anti-Gravity.com