I invite you to drop out of the turbulence of life and into a restorative practice.
AntiGravity® Yoga Restorative is the gentle, healing side of Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity Yoga. A restorative practice focuses the mind through breath as it floats the body through a series of gentle gyro-kinetic motions, allowing for a gentle opening of the hips, spine and connective tissue. This technique features full body inversions (optional), alongside various forms of flowing spinal traction.
Working from different hammock heights it offers accessibility to students with physical limitations, and is loved by all as a portal into deeper spinal flexibility, and mind/body connection.
The class incorporates levitating meditations, mindfulness techniques, zero-compression inversions, joint opening poses, and a floating sivasana. (resting pose)
Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo. The slower pace and deep breathing that is encouraged in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and wellbeing. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body at the cellular level.
As your awareness of self and body expands, you begin to cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. With this awareness of physical sensations, thoughts, emotions and feelings that arise, a much more profound significance occurs as you move deeper into the practice.
You receive the greatest benefits from your practice not through forcing yourself into a pose, but by releasing and surrendering to it. This mentality helps to cultivate acceptance of your body and its inherent limitations. Further, it strengthens your ability to let go of preconceived notions of your body and how you think it should look or feel, both in and out of a pose.
When increased ease and comfort are the theme of your yoga practice, acceptance and detachment naturally emerge as a result.
Each pose and each breath serves to lead you further up the ladder of expanded awareness. With the willingness to continue to let go the vehicle of yoga carries you from the waking state of consciousness into the silent space between your thoughts and into a meditative stillness where the healing begins, opening the doorway to a deeper understanding of your own body. Allowing you to feel what it means to be a spiritual being having a human experience. It is then self-love and acceptance can emerge.
You will be continually guided to draw your attention inward and away from external events and situations of the world. With your awareness directed within, the practice becomes a sanctuary for the mind and spirit from which you can take a deeper look at who you are, what you want, and how you can serve the world.
Through the mindfulness of the practice, you become increasingly aware of your actions or karmas, and how they influence your level of comfort or discomfort. You can see the direct cause and effect relationship between your poses, breathing, and overall level of wellbeing. As this experience continues to deepen, you begin to make more deliberate and attentive choices, both on and off the mat.
Off the mat it’s easy to get pulled into the insecurity that is a byproduct of the modern world. Many people move through their days haunted by fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Restorative yoga provides you with a safe harbor wherein you can reconnect with your true nature, which is immortal, invincible, pure, and nourishing. Making that connection through your poses, breathing, and deep relaxation restores the memory of who you are and helps you to reclaim the fearless nature of your soul. From this refuge, you emerge feeling secure in the inherent goodness within your heart and in the world.
As you step back into life you may discover the turbulence has eased and the mind has relearnt new ways of letting go.
If you’ve never explored this style of yoga, this is your open invitation.