Aerial Yoga: I Haven’t Had This Much Fun In A Hammock Since My Honeymoon

yoga craze in hammock

Remember those good old days when we’d climb trees and hang off monkey bars in the playground?

I wish I could just hang like a primate once again. The sense of freedom – pure childhood happiness.

However, the thought of trying to get my nearing 50-year-old body to do that now, sends shivers up my spine.

I have visions of bones breaking, weeing myself (too much laughing, or could that be crying in pain?).

That was all before I was persuaded to try AntiGravity aerial yoga. I liken it to half monkey bars, half tree-climbing, without the actual tree or monkey bars – in their place, a sturdy silk hammock suspended from the ceiling.

aerial yoga in a hammock

Did I enjoy this? Hell yes! It was pure bliss. It was hard, but that was part of the fun. It was challenging and relaxing at the same time.

I left wanting more. I was buzzing and felt like I was walking on air and really did feel like I was 10 again – just for one brief moment.

I think that must have been the womb pose (don’t let that put you off, it’s actually very relaxing).

I applaud Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer who invented this. I could kiss the very ground he walks on.

What I thought would be some boring, namby-pamby hippy nonsense, turned out to be one of the best exercise classes I have ever done. It’s exercise, but it’s fun and relaxing at the same time.

men and women love yoga in a hammock

In a nut-shell, AntiGravity is a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus – that gives you a total body workout.

If like me, you can’t sit still for five minutes, and while sitting in child pose doing yoga all you can think of is the shopping list, what’s on telly etc, try this.

You’ve got no time to think about shopping lists, all you can think of is ‘how the hell am I going to stay on this bloody thing?’ Oh, yes, you are 100% concentrating for fear of falling – I loved it. Nothing like a challenge.

I’m not going to lie; I was bloody sore the next day.  I had worked muscles I never thought I had. The upside is, I’ve now done it once a week for six months, and each time I leave the class I feel alive, fit, healthy and light.

yoga in a hammock is so much fun

My balance, fitness and strength (also flexibility) has increased. I’m not sore after the classes anymore and best of all it’s in a peaceful environment. No steroid-crazy instructor yelling obscenities at me. My kind of workout.

Everyone of all ages can have fun in a hammock. It’s not a class packed with 20-somethings in tight workout gear (sorry blokes!). The classes are a mix of men and women of all ages.

Does it work?

Yes, it works to de-stress, firm and strengthen your body and increases flexibility, it’s also great for those with back issues.

Is it for everyone?

Most people can do this, but with anything, especially new exercise you must check with your health professional first. If you are pregnant this is not recommended for you, if you have prior medical issues, please consult a professional

What’s the cost?

I would recommend an introduction class first, one-on-one. These run for around an hour and are great for first-timers. Approximate cost is $110. On-going introductory unlimited classes in a group can start from as low as $49 for fortnight, or $99 for a month.