Q: Can anyone do Aerial Yoga and Suspension Fitness?
A: Provided one does not have any of the contraindications listed herein and barring any physical abnormalities, anyone who can do at least 3 consecutive sit ups can do AntiGravity Aerial Yoga and Suspension Fitness. AntiGravity® Yoga Restorative (one of our Specialty Courses) is more gently therapeutic and therefore more accessible to all. To do all of the exercises in AG® Fitness, it is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regimen and has a strong core.
Q: How hard is it?
A: First of all it depends on which AG® Fitness class you take and which instructor you have. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance, so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work. AG® Yoga Restorative is easier to execute than AG® Aerial Yoga or Suspension Fitness. If you can do 3 consecutive sit ups, you can do AG® Aerial Yoga or Suspension Fitness.
Q: What are the contraindications (aka precautions) for AG Fitness techniques?
A: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute discogenic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours)
Q: Will I be successful in my first class?
A: Yes! Everyone leaves the class a success! Since this is a suspension class with deep philosophy, there is no competition nor ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear workout wear that covers the shoulders (sleeve) and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Tops: sports bra for females. Not too loose for guys. Remember, you will be upside down. Bottoms: If wearing tights make certain they are opaqe (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best. No socks (unless they are sticky). You may need sticky gloves if you have weak grip. PLEASE NO JEWELRY.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Water or water bottle, sweat towel, and an open mind — NO JEWELRY!
Q: Do I need to be a yoga practitioner?
A: No, but you will need an open mind.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit?
A: Not necessarily. AG Fitness is easier than regular yoga because the AntiGravity Hammock supports you in your poses. However, AG Fitness is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regimen and has a strong core.
Q: Why don’t you offer more classes?
A: Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity LAB isn’t a full service studio. We offer limited classes because the space has multiple uses throughout the day including instructor trainings, private instruction, events, and of course it serves as Christopher’s space to create new content and material.
Q: Can I rent out the studio?
A: The LAB is for AntiGravity activities only. We welcome anyone who would like to reserve the space for personal classes, corporate events or parties. We do not, however, simply rent the space.
Q: I practice yoga regularly and am pretty fit. Do I have to take a Fundamentals Class?
A: Fundamentals is less about fitness level and more an introduction to a new experience. In a Fundamentals class one learns the basic wraps, grips and traps, the basis of the practice, while becoming familiar with the hammock and inversions. Being upside down is also a new sensation and sometimes it takes a few times to get used to the feeling no matter how fit you are.
Q: I tried to register for an Advanced Class but it told me I didn’t meet the requirements of Frequent Flyer. What does Frequent Flyer mean and how do I become one?
A: As a courtesy to both our instructors and our students, we restrict upper level classes to only Frequent Flyers. Frequent Flyer is our designation for advanced students who have fulfilled the Fundamentals requirement and have been endorsed to take higher level classes by our instructors. If you think you might be a Frequent Flyer, or you would like to become one, let the instructor and/or studio manager know. We’ll assess your progress and if we feel you’re ready, we will let you know and unrestrict your account. General requirements are 3-5 Fundamentals classes and/or instructor endorsement. If you have questions please direct them to the studio manager.
Q: Which AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga or Suspension Fitness class is best for me?
A: This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with an AG Fundamentals group class or private course. At the LAB, advanced classes are restricted to those who have completed 3+ Fundamentals classes AND/OR obtained endorsement of one of our instructors. In any case, remember that you are always encouraged to work at a level that feels natural to you.
Q: Should I come on an empty stomach?
A: We recommend having something in the stomach to stave off dizziness. However, we do not recommend a big meal.
Q: Will I get dizzy?
A: This could be a challenge if one has a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia. Ginger candy before class can help.
Q: How will I feel after?
A: You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will have a pump and you will be refreshed!
Q: Are all aerial yoga classes alike?
A: AntiGravity® Fitness is the original aerial yoga technique. Over 7 years went into the development of the technique after Mr. Harrison created the apparatus. He created a very specific nomenclature and sequencing that can be done safely. AntiGravity® is the only aerial yoga/fitness technique certified by the AFAA. Any other aerial yoga technique is a knock-off from the original and should be considered risky.
Q: Are you sure the Harrison AG® Hammock will hold me?
A: Every portion of the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock is rated for well over 2000 lbs. (9 Kn)(908kgs). The points in the ceiling in an AG Fitness approved center have been placed by a professional contractor and certified by an engineer and are rated to hold at least 1000 lbs (4.5kn)(454kgs) per set up.
Q: How ‘yoga-like’ is AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga?
A: This depends on your instructor. Although it is a hybrid technique, the class is a perfect formula for a body/mind/spirit class that brings about awareness. AG Fitness Aerial Yoga classes in fitness gyms do not tend to be as spirit based as they are in yoga studios. Every class starts with a levitating meditation and ends with a floating sivasana.
Q: What if I am afraid?
A: The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In AG® Fitness we bring ourselves to presence before we begin class. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. Remember: FDR said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself,” and Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do something every day that truly scares you”. In truth, over 6000 people practice AG® techniques safely every day. You can do it too!
Q: What if I am afraid of heights?
A: During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. During 75% of the moves you are distributing your weight between the hammock and the floor.
Q: Can AntiGravity® Fitness make me taller?
A: Yes! Our promise to you is that after class you will be stretched to your maximum height, varying between ¼” to 1 ½” taller. Unfortunately, the effects are not cumulative.
Q: Can AntiGravity® Fitness techniques heal my back pain?
A: Our licensed centers, instructors and practitioners around the globe all have amazing testimonials of healing through our zero-compression inversions. We are currently having studies commissioned in order to gather concrete evidence. Until then, you will only know by coming to class.
Q: Is this the same apparatus that Pink flew on in the Grammy Awards?
A: Yes. The Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock (invented by Christopher Harrison) is often used in performance as well as fitness. In performance we often use it off of one point rather than two. Original Founding Member and AG® Associate Choreographer Dreya Weber created the set for Pink on the apparatus and combined it with the AntiGravity® Carousel originally used for AntiGravity’s performance at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
Q: Can I become an AntiGravity instructor?
A: Yes. AntiGravity Teacher Trainings are periodically held at the LAB. More information about the process and upcoming trainings can be found here http://antigravityfitness.com/How-to-become-an-AG-Fitness-Instructor
Q: Can I open my own AntiGravity Studio?
A: Yes. Information on Licensing can be found here http://www.antigravityyoga.com/html/antigravity_yoga_licensing_for.html