POSTED: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 10:34am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — AntiGravity Yoga is taking yoga to new heights.
"It's not all purely yoga. It's a base of pilates, dance, yoga, a lot of strength training, and what makes it different is when the spirit that you're looking for in here is more of your childlike spirit. So, we definitely encourage giggling," said Pamela Sanmartino, a yoga instructor at Raffa Yoga, which now offers the franchise workout.
It's hard not to giggle when you're hanging upside down.
"You can't take yourself seriously in here. You're hanging upside down. So, you just have to channel your childhood fun and just swing upside down. It's fun. I love it," said Jessica Cummings, an AntiGravity Yoga participant.
Especially since, at least at first, you feel kind of awkward.
"There's numerous health benefits to AntiGravity Yoga.
The biggest being zero compression on your spine," said Christina Raffa, owner of Raffa Yoga.
Ths type of exercise really forces you to be in the moment.
"When you're hanging upside down, there's really not too much else you can worry about except being there and really experiencing what's happening in your body," Raffa said.
For Kate Wilson, who suffered a concussion two years ago, AntiGravity Yoga has been therapeutic.
"I couldn't run. I couldn't really do yoga. Big headaches and trouble with my neck. And coming to AntiGravity Yoga, somehow stretching it out and strengthening those muscles, my headaches are gone," Wilson said.
It is a challenging but fun workout, but it's not for everyone.