Medical Minute 12-13: Anti-Gravity Yoga: Soaring into Shape

By: Andrew McIntosh Email
By: Andrew McIntosh Email

Pinks acrobatic performance in an antigravity hammock at the Grammys has everyone from celebrities to the masses trying the new craze.

"The Pink thing was really cool because it was the first time that everybody else really got to see it on a really large level," said Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity Yoga Creator.

Antigravity yoga combines Vinyasa yoga, aerial dance, pilates and calisthenics. By distributing your weight equally on the hammock, you work to give your back a much-needed break. On an average day, our spines shrink between an quarter and three-quarters of an inch. Antigravity yoga helps 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/Raffa Power Yoga.

Not only can you build strength, agility and flexibility.

"Today's lesson was a breakthrough, my hip feels better than its ever felt in months," said Jeanette Garcia, AntiGravity Yoga Student.

Students say flying is the ultimate high.

"You really need to trust the hammock so there is this wonderful feeling of letting go," said Katie Adelston, ANTiGravity Yoga Student. "It's totally divine, it's incredible."

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

Using gravity to change your mind and your body.

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BACKGROUND: Christopher Harrison is the creator of the new AntiGravity Hammock that involves a structural fabric that is connected on to overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze. It is utilized to change one's dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics. Harrison was originally drawn to yoga in the 1990s when he traveled to India. As a world-class competitive gymnast and professional dancer he wanted to find a way to heal his body. He discovered yoga as a way to heal by connecting his state of mind and a positive attitude. Fifteen years later he decided to combine dance, Pilates and calisthenics by creating the AntiGravity Hammock. (

HOW IT WORKS: Originally when the AntiGravity Hammock was created it was used by athletes and dancers. Those who first used the apparatus found that it worked their core and provided a great upper body workout. It also claims to fight against the aging effects of gravity. Stating that as the body ages, joints need to be pushed to maintain mobility. Therefore, the muscles need to be worked to maintain proper alignment and the discs need to be hydrated to minimize deterioration. Furthermore, balance, body line and agility are dependent on sensory receptors. With the use of physical activities such as the AntiGravity Hammock, awareness of the three can be achieved. (

HEALTH BENEFITS: Yoga has many health benefits because it brings physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of mind and body, helping to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress reduction is one of the health benefits because as one moves the body through certain poses that require balance and concentration while keeping a steady, calm breath; the focus is taken inward and away from the busy and chaotic day. Another benefit is increased fitness, because through learning and refining the poses it improves flexibility, balance, range of motion and strength, therefore making it less likely to injure oneself in during other physical activities. Yoga may also help with a variety of health conditions, such as cancer, depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia, by helping with sleep problems, fatigue and mood. It can also help reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Last, but not least, yoga can help with weight loss. Yoga may help one make the healthy lifestyle changes necessary to gain control of eating and lose those extra pounds. (

For More Information, Contact:

Christine Raffa
Raffa Power Yoga
(857) 205- 2500

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