Hanging around with the latest yoga craze

Trying out a posture in anti-gravity aerial yoga. Below, local instructor Emma Newham in her gym in East Boldon.
Trying out a posture in anti-gravity aerial yoga. Below, local instructor Emma Newham in her gym in East Boldon.
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A FITNESS craze is set to take North East exercise to dizzying new heights.

Anti-gravity aerial yoga is the hot new trend that has MyBody Studio’s Emma Newham soaring.

HANGING AROUND ...  Emma  has brought yoga swings to her gym in East Boldon.

HANGING AROUND ... Emma has brought yoga swings to her gym in East Boldon.

Using a low-hanging fabric swing, aerial yoga is performed a couple of inches above the ground, with the swing acting like a hammock to support the body’s weight.

The method aims to make it easier to go deeper into yoga positions and hold them for longer.

The method was designed by gymnast Christopher Harrison who was drawn to yoga in the 1990s.

Emma, 41, director of MyBody Studio in East Boldon, said: “I first saw it when I went to the International Fitness Showcase in Blackpool last year.

“Everybody is always looking for the latest thing. As soon as I saw this I thought it looked amazing and I knew we were going to have to bring this to the studio.”

In the aerial method, yoga postures are practised with proper postural alignment being achieved through relaxation rather than effort.

Emma, from Boldon, said: “It’s better than an inversion table. It gives you the chance to hang freely, allowing your spine to lengthen.

“People who have used the yoga swing always comment on how much better their back feels afterwards.

“The first time I tried it I felt the effects of decompression on my back straight away and I had only done it for a few minutes. It felt unbelievably amazing.”

Emma, who has 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry, added: “I think it’s going to be massive and I don’t know of anywhere else up here that offers it. We are one of the first.”

Although the studio only introduced the new regime before Christmas, it has already received a lot of attention.

Emma said: “People are really excited by it. We’ve had lots of people sign up for the workshop.”

For people who might be a little nervous about dangling in the air while trying to do the downward dog, Emma has some advice.

She said: “With new beginners, it’s important to keep an open mind, trust your hammock and have faith in your instructor. Your are in good hands at our studio.”

To book a session visit www.mybodystudios.co.uk

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