It’s been no secret that the practice I always come home to and is perhaps one of those closest to my heart is yin yoga. I have written about my love affair with yin many times over in this blog alone, after all (and yes, my other blogs host many yin stories as well :)). However, the other day, I got to discover a new practice that put together Anitgravity Yoga, which is another practice I have thoroughly enjoyed, with the more yin approach that I have truly loved.

I forget the name of this pose but it transitions beautifully (and super yummily!) into swan :)

The practice is called Antigravity Yoga Restorative, which is described as the healing, gentler side of the Antigravity Yoga practice. I’d like to think of it  as the yin to the yang of AGY FUNdamentals, Flying Fitness and Pilates. So yeah, it’s like yin with wings :)

As with any AGY practice, AGY Restorative makes use of the special Harrison Hammock, which is suspended in a rigging that look like giant u bolts in the ceiling which are rated to hold up to a thousand pounds. I don’t really know what you call those rigging materials, but they’re pretty solid and safe :)

I got to try the practice with my dear teacher and friend, Anna Carbonell, over the weekend and LOVED IT :) Incidentally, it was also with Anna that I got to try AGY FUNdamentals for the first time, and it was love at first flight then. It was lovely to go back to where I got to discover this aerial practice and see a new side of it :) I think that compared to the other AGY practices, the poses in the restorative classes are very much like that of a mat practice and so I appreciated that very much. It also has the zero compression inversions that the practice is known for, but for most of the practice, the hammock is lowered about 12 inches off of the ground unlike in the more active ones, where it’s about three feet off of the ground.

Anna getting into honeysuckle pose, which is an amazing stretch to hamstring and the entire back of the leg.

Although the practice gives the connective tissues of the body a stretch much like the yin practice, the poses are not held as long as in a mat practice, but long enough for a deep and opening stretch. Also, there are gentle gyro kinetic movements incorporated in the practice which helps stimulate production of synovial fluids in the joints. The stretches also allow for more traction in the spine and a deep opening in the spine, hips, and connective tissues. Best of all, it is a super relaxing practice that just calms not just the physical body, but also allows for that quietness and stillness in the mind as well.

the Mermaid pose

I took the class again this evening and my back feels amazing :) I was recently complaining about how painful my lower back has been these past few weeks because I haven’t been very kind to my body (a.k.a. teaching yoga without warming up decently first!) and so I was paying the price for it but after a few poses, I felt that sweet release and opening that just allowed my back to breathe again. Superduper yummy. But don’t just take my word for it, Anna is leading one more Antigravity Yoga Restorative workshop on Thursday, March 14, at Beyond Yoga Bonifacio High Street Central. For rates and details check out www.igobeyondyoga.com or look them up on Facebook.

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