Updated 06/04/2012 04:55 PM
Healthy Living: Gravity Yoga
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It's called Gravity Yoga. It's new, it can be a challenge. But with the use of the swing, upside down can have its benefits.
Don't let the upside down poses scare you, it's just part of what makes the gravity yoga class so popular.
"Yoga to me is so much about letting go. Is' about alignment and sometimes I have a hard time getting into proper alignment and the swing provides so much support and allows to more support and really allows me to lengthen my spine,” said Gravity Yoga member Lisa O’Brien.
Along with proper alignment, you get balance, stretching and lengthening for longer periods of time, all without the pressure on your joints.
"A big part of yoga practice is inverting yourself, and it is very demanding on the forearm, on the head and the shoulders, when you are practicing a handstand, a headstand. The greatest part of the swing is you can go upside down with zero compression on the spine,” said Gravity Yoga owner Jessica Lubin.
Gravity Yoga is almost for everyone. The swing does offer support for people who may need it, but people with certain medical conditions must check with their doctor first.
"It's not for anyone who is pregnant, who has had recent surgery, head trauma, osteoporosis, extreme high or low blood pressure,” said Lubin.
Yoga is about letting go, and for some people, it takes practice, especially on a swing.
"It's definitely more of a challenge, more of trusting myself is involved. I am off the ground, flipping around upside down, also much more playful kind of exercise than regular yoga,” said Gravity Yoga member Josh Greenberg.
“It's such a liberating, freeing feeling to trust in the swing. I can't explain how wonderful it is,” said O’Brien.
"I think people come in and are nervous with it. It's all letting go, feeling the body relax, let the swing support, don't try to grip and hold on to it, that is when you get the benefit and lengthening of the spine,” said Lubin.
For more information on Gravity Yoga, visit thegoodkarmastudio.com.