Yoga is hugely popular in many countries around the world now and many people enjoy slipping into their yoga clothing and getting stuck into the exercises.
One new craze that is getting plenty of interest currently is Anti Gravity Yoga. The Times of India noted that these classes have been “rocking the fitness scene in the US and Canada”, with celebrities like Pink, Britney Spears and Gwyneth Paltrow among the “growing tribe” of famous practitioners.
Commenting on the exercises, fitness expert Sangeetha Gopal said: “Anti Gravity Yoga was started in Canada by a gymnast and the form is inspired by yoga, Pilates and calisthenics.
“You suspend yourself from a hammock or a rope and perform asanas. It’s a total body workout, and is slowly picking up in India. Several celebrities are getting into this workout, for its numerous health benefits, and also for its fun quotient.”
Meanwhile, yoga teacher and practitioner Namrata Sudhindra suggested that anyone with a good level of fitness can don their yoga wear and get stuck into the exercises as long as they have a good trainer.
She also noted that this form of yoga combines different styles of exercises, adding that even those who are not particularly keen on more traditional forms of yoga can practice the anti gravity version.
According to Ms Sudhindra, Anti Gravity Yoga improves flexibility and helps strengthen core muscles. She added: “People with back problems can try this and will start feeling the difference within a couple of months of starting this routine.”
Also commenting on the trend, fashion photographer Waseem Khan, who is a regular practitioner of yoga, remarked: “A 2,000-year-old established way of life to keep ourselves healthy can be marketed in various ways to attract people.” He added that he would like to experiment with Anti Gravity Yoga, but he would not take it up as a daily routine.