We all know working out can help boost your mood, but what about one that can make your spirits soar? A new form of yoga has students, literally, flying high.
Pink's acrobatic performance in an anti-gravity hammock at the Grammy Awards 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," says Christopher Harrison, creator of Anti-Gravity Yoga.
Anti-gravity 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 a quarter and three-quarters of an inch, anti-gravity 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," says Christine Raffa, of Raffa Power Yoga.
Not only can you build strength, but also agility and flexibility.
"Today's lesson was a breakthrough, my hip feels better than it’s ever felt in months," says Jeanette Garcia, an anti-gravity 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," says Katie Adelston, an anti-gravity yoga student.
Another anti-gravity student, Jack Tobin, agrees. "I've done every sport, just about, and wrestling is the most demanding and this blew my mind."
Another bonus to the workout?
Creator Christopher Harrison says anti-gravity yoga can actually make you taller by stretching your spine and can help align your body from head to toe. There are classes for every age and skill level.