Joy in Antigravity Yoga

Rub your palms together…feel the warmth building on your hands.” Said the teacher quietly and I follow suit along side everyone in class.

Now place your warm palms against your chest.

Feel the warmth…

You are alive. Be grateful…be joyous…” and I was swept with a tsunami of emotional feelings.

Breathe in the good…breathe out the bad…” her voice trails off as I sunk in deeper into a pool of emotions.

Namaste” she graciously bows down.

I bowed down too just like everyone else and managed to quickly wipe those tears that escaped me.

Who cried in anti-gravity yoga class? Why, of course, yours truly!

It was my third class so far and I absolutely love it. Dan said I light up when I talked about it. So there has to be something with this specific type of yoga that made me fall in love, right?

My first in class yoga experience was over two years ago.  I can’t exactly remember when but I said yes to a friend who asked to try hot yoga. Yes, Bikram yoga.

Insert what the heck was she thinking here – because that’s how I felt after 90 minutes of feeling like I want to die! It was super hot, my poor body was contorted in ways that wasn’t familiar, I literally felt like I was going to die. I had a headache all day after that class. Who does that? Jump into yoga straight into bikram instead of the regular yoga class? Yes, that was me!

Fast forward, I found a yoga studio nearby my place last year that does anti-gravity yoga. After looking at their website, Yogapath Bintaro, I decided to come on the only Saturday I have off – yes I only have 1 Saturdays off in a month.

Anti-gravity Yoga

I fall in love with antigravity yoga right there and then. The feelings are hard to describe, swinging on the hammock brings joy and freedom of a childhood long forgotten. Doing the inversion was delightfully delicious for my tight back. I actually woke up the next day without any pain on my lower back. I’m sure my herniated discs thanked me for those decompression of the spine!

Unfortunately, their evening class wasn’t running yet because there are not enough people signing up.

Until this month, I was delighted to see them announcing evening class. Every Thursday at 6:30, yes it’s only once a week but I wish them nothing but the best and hoping they will open more evening classes. It is a beautiful start.

I love the quietness, the stillness of feeling my breathing as I’m sitting or hanging inside my hammock. I love the freedom it brings me as I swing on it like a child – I may even let some “Wooohooo” escaped of me as I swing. I love peace of knowing my body will be so grateful for the stretches, the inversions. It was blissful.

And maybe that’s why I cried at the end of yoga class.

Allowing myself to be truly present and to be there in that moment. To feel so grateful for everything that has seems like weighing me down. And boy, do I have a lot of stresses lately! The closure of the class made me realize I have so much to be thankful for…my life, my stories, and my journey.

In those 90 minutes, I got to let go…let everything flows and just do what I enjoy. The quietness and stillness at the end of the class was exactly what my soul needed. The class reached me way beyond the spine. It reached my heart and soul.

I am hooked on antigravity yoga.

Basic Inversion Anti-gravity Yoga

Have you tried anti-gravity yoga before?

Here’s a little video of similar class.



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21 Comments on Joy in Antigravity Yoga

  1. Ria
    January 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I am gonna do it next week or when the school starts as bit difficult to leave my boys alone at home. How is it? Does it have lots of movement? Or more into breathing and meditation, which I don’t like 🙂

    • Maureen
      January 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay Ria! I hope you will enjoy it. It does have lots of movements but it’s still yoga so the first part and the closing part will ask you to focus on your breathing and relax not so much of a meditation. 😀 Let me know how you like it.

    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh wow thank you for sharing that. It’s quite a relief to know I’m not the only one who cried in class lol 😀 Hope you will have a chance to try yoga soon, Ashley
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  2. Kimberly
    January 22, 2014 at 12:56 am (3 years ago)

    Oh how I would love to do something like this. Traction was amazing for my bad back until I had surgery (I have an artificial disc. The core floats in between two metal endplates. If I have traction, the core could dislodge.)
    I have tried vinyasa for bad backs and it is wonderful. I wish that it didn’t cost so much.
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    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww I wish you could do it too my friend! I know it would do our poor back good but yes on your case that would be too dangerous. I guess I can’t complaint of the cost of yoga here because it’s so much cheaper than there. I would love to try vinyasa one day 😀

  3. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    January 22, 2014 at 1:49 am (3 years ago)

    I had no idea this existed. It sounds amazing in that it got you to the emotional point of crying. The video looks intriguing. I wonder if we have anything like this in my little ole city.
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    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

      I hope you can give this yoga a try one day soon, Joi. It’s so much fun and got me that emotional so I wonder if ashataga or vinyasa yoga would have the same effect if I try them.

  4. Carla
    January 22, 2014 at 6:29 am (3 years ago)

    I have not tried this but I love your description. I didn’t think it would be something that I would enjoy until I read this. Especially when you said “swinging on the hammock brings joy and freedom of a childhood long forgotten”. It sounds totally amazing! It’s always great when you find something you love.
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    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Carla, it’s amazing because for so long I’ve been avoiding yoga partially because of the doctrine from my church that says yoga is bad but as I open my mind more I realize God would love me to take good care of my body and I guess that epiphany made me love anti-gravity yoga even more.

    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Galit 🙂

  5. Gracielle
    January 23, 2014 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

    I haven’t tried this before but I sure would love to! This looks like so much fun. I love doing yoga, never tried the hot yoga, but THIS sounds amazing just based on how you described it.
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    • Maureen
      January 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm (3 years ago)

      And I hope you will get a chance to give this yoga a try, Gracielle 🙂

  6. Britt@MyOwnBalance
    January 24, 2014 at 7:09 am (3 years ago)

    I love anti-gravity! Although sometimes the hammock hurts me a little. I did a restorative anti-gravity class and it was so amazing. It took restorative yoga to a whole new level. The regular classes are really challenging!
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    • Maureen
      January 25, 2014 at 11:56 am (3 years ago)

      That’s so awesome! Your comment make me wants to learn yoga even more 😀 Thank you for sharing.

  7. Ilene
    January 24, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve heard of it but never tried it! But after reading this post – I may have to find a class. I never heard it described the way you describe it Maureen! And I cry in yoga class all the time.

    • Maureen
      January 25, 2014 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

      I hope you will get a chance to give a try one day, Ilene. Oh, I want to hug you for crying in yoga class too! You’re awesome!

  8. kanupriya
    March 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm (3 years ago)

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    • yoga training teacher NYC
      June 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Yoga is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga – to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.


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