The New York Times just loves yoga! So much so they’re kicking off a new Well video series called Gym Class with a swing on the AntiGravity yoga ropes. Guinea pig Karen Barrow, an “easily bored, slightly klutzy treadmill runner” attempted the yoga meets high-flying trapeze artistry (really, it was developed from the circus*) and lived to report on it.
Her review? It’s fun! A tad scary at first, flipping upside down like Cirque du Soleil in a bat cave and whatnot, but not as hard as it looks. Also, take heed if you bruise easily, that fabric looks soft, but it’s tough enough to support your body weight, and that’s gonna leave a mark (if you’ve been on an Iyengar rope wall, you’ll do just fine). Funny thing that gravity. We’ve tried this act before and can concur on the peaceful meditativeness of swaying in a hammock-like apparatus, even if it feels somewhat like a stretchy cocoon and gives you flashbacks of in utero. Bonus?
We’d post the video, but the Times doesn’t want to share. You can view it on their site.
Instead we’ll post Pink’s performance of “Glitter in the Air” from the 2010 Grammys! Don’t worry, if you try a class you won’t be 50 feet off the ground, and you won’t even have to sing!
*Sometimes called aerial yoga, AntiGravity yoga was developed by Christopher Harrison, a former aerial acrobat and gymnast, who found regular yoga to be too hard on the wrists. The class Karen took was at Om Factory.