In Sydney’s Surrey Hills, amongst tree-lines streets chock-a-block with cozy outdoor cafés, is Sky-Lab, one of a handful of anti-gravity aerial yoga studios that are popping up around the world.
A combination of yoga, dance, aerial arts, and pilates postures, the practice is done while hanging from silk hammocks affixed to the ceiling. During class you literally heighten your yoga practice—they say you emerge at least ¼” taller by the end of a class. The method was developed in the late 1990s by Christopher Harrison, a former competitive gymnast-turned-Broadway aerial designer and founder of the AntiGravity aerial acrobatics company.
While it’s not yoga in the traditional sense, every class starts with a levitating meditation and ends with a floating savasana. Its benefits include core strengthening, the release of muscular tension and gentle decompression of the spine (which is why you leave class ‘taller’ than you arrived) making it a great option for low-impact cardio training.
Classes are offered daily (except Fridays), check out the schedule here. After all, who wouldn’t want to get into their own silk cocoon and see if they emerge a butterfly?