ANY BODY AND EVERY BODY CAN participate in an AG Aerial Yoga and Fitness Class if you can do three consecutive sit ups! You can open up your mind to trying something new and exciting and enjoy all of the anti-aging benefits of an AntiGravity Class! “YOU ARE ONLY AS YOUNG AS YOUR SPINE IS FLEXIBLE AND YOUR MIND IS OPEN “ There are many different class types of AG Aerial Yoga and Fitness, so you may want to read more about each one to find the class that best suits you and your body type.
If you have any of the following conditions you can still take an AG Class but should not particpate in the inversions: pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (especially –shoulders, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrists) irregular heart function or very high or very low blood pressure monitored by medications, easily onset vertigo, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, easy onset of fainting, recent stroke, artificial hips, or botox injections within 6 hours prior to class. It is always recommended to CONSULT w YOUR DOCTOR prior to any exercise regimen and be sure that you are cleared to safely attend any fitness class.
YES!!!!!! Everyone leaves their class a SUCCESS! There is no ego or competition encouraged in any class—this is the AG Philosophy…” Do your best…No Better…No Less!” Everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.
No, but you MUST have an OPEN MIND!
Not necessarily. In AG Aerial Yoga & Fitness the poses (asanas) are easier to achieve then a Mat Yoga class, as the AntiGravity Hammock supports you and assists in holding your poses throughout the class. AG Fitness is best suited for someone who maintains some type of physical fitness regime, but anyone who can achieve three consecutive sit ups, can participate in an AG Fitness class. There are also Open Level and Frequent Flyer Level Classes….be sure and choose the one that is the best fit for you!
We require that everyone start with two AG Fundamentals & Core OR AG Core & More Classes (Open Level classes) prior to taking any of the other AG Classes that are listed as Frequent Flyer classes. You will still get a great workout and stretch and strengthen your muscles and core as your build confidence in working with the Hammock! Ask your AG Instructor to recommend a class type for you once you have completed your two class requirements for a Frequent Flyer class.
We recommend coming with something light in your stomach to ward off any dizziness, however, we do recommend you be smart with your food choices and do not recommend coming to a class after consuming large meal.
Each body type is different. Some will never feel dizzy and others will only experience some dizziness or uneasiness after their first couple of classes. Your body might be experiencing something new it hasn’t done in years (feet straight over your head) so some dizziness will be normal and will go away after your first few inversions and training your body and proprioceptors response to being upside down.
You will feel lighter and taller and you will be waking muscles that haven’t been used in years! You will feel stronger and completely refreshed! You will actually grow ¼ of an inch after a class (non-cumulative)!! Some of our clients refer to having an “AntiGravity HIGH” after each class!
AntiGravity Fitness IS the original and designed the original aerial yoga techniques. Over 7 years of development has gone into this technique after the creator, Christopher Harrison created the apparatus. He created a specific nomenclature and sequencing that can be done safely and gives your body numerous benefits! AntiGravity is the only aerial yoga/fitness technique that is certified by the AFAA and Yoga Alliance. Any other aerial yoga technique is considered a “knock off” from the original and can be considered risky.
During an inversion you are only 3 inches off of the ground. During the rest of the class and the AG poses and sequences-you are distributing your weight between the hammock and the ground using and learning the AG Principle called weight distribution.
Water bottle, sweat towel and an open mind…… and maybe even a friend! Please also leave your ALL jewelry at home or in our allocated jewelry boxes during class for your safety and to preserve the quality of our Hammocks.
Wear workout gear. Be sure and wear a top that covers your armpits. No tank tops will be allowed in the hammocks. The hammocks are placed near or under your armpits often during class and therefore, for your comfort and for the cleanliness of our Hammocks between classes…this is a MUST! Shorts, leggings, yoga pants or sweats can be worn for bottoms. We recommend that they are form fitting and are not a satin type fabric. Both tops and bottoms CANNOT have any zippers, snaps, belts, buckles, clips, etc. as these will damage the hammocks. Socks cannot be worn during class for your safety (unless they are sticky workout socks). Again…PLEASE NO JEWELRY during class! We have jewelry boxes for your “bling” during class. It was not meant to fly!
Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and yourself! Mat Rentals and Bottled Water are available for $2 each if you forget or do not have one.
A yoga mat and water bottle for sure but also be sure and bring two sweat towels – full size body towel for your mat (unless you have a non-slip mat) and a sweat towel for your body. and maybe even a change of clothes in the colder months.
Some thing comfortable that will not restrict you from stretching into poses.
It is recommended that you wait to take a class at least two hours after eating a heavy meal but practicing on an empty stomach is not recommended either. If necessary, eat something light prior to class. Know your body and your digestive system.
All of our Open Level classes and Level 1-2 classes are safe for new practitioners to yoga. They are taught in stages with different progressions and modifications offered. Private lessons can be taken by reservation prior to starting in a public class. Also watch for our INTRO to YOGA 101 Sessions on the schedule throughout the year if you want to learn yoga or brush up on your current practice. It is recommended that you have some yoga experience before taking a Hot Yoga class but is not required. Always listen to your body and know your own limitations.
Be sure and check with your Doctor prior to doing any exercise after a recent surgery, injury or illness. Once have been cleared by your Doctor, please inform your instructor of this injury and know your limitations prior to class.