YOGA AND MEDITATION COMBINE IN MID-AIR
Local fitness gurus are lining up to take part in a new anti-gravity activity in Broome, taking their recovery workouts to new heights.
Local remedial massage and functional movement therapist Tracy Hill has mixed traditional yoga, meditation and suspended hammocks to create three-dimensional movement classes, with about 100 people turning out for an open day earlier this year.
Hill, who studied classical ballet for more than 18 years, took up the anti-gravity practice after looking for a way to maintain and improve fitness that encompassed the gracefulness of ballet without placing excessive stress on the joints, and was good for recovery.
“The benefits are something you can’t achieve in any other fitness genre,” she said.
In her Flow Movement Space, Hill teaches eight participants a class to use suspended silk trapeze hammocks as support for yoga and aerial arts.
“Zero-compression inversions allow decompression of the spine through gentle traction and hydration of vertebral discs, enabling you to extend to your true natural height,” she said.
“Inversions create a unique environment where the lungs and diaphragm are working harder during regular breath cycles to lift upwards against the additional weight of the internal organs, increasing cardiovascular conditioning without increasing heart rate, which is pretty cool. Inversions also allow circulatory and lymphatic systems to refresh while stimulating greater cerebellum function . . . stimulating the release of ‘happy hormones’.”
Hill said the practice of anti-gravity yoga could also improve balance, co-ordination and promote greater agility.
Flow Movement Space creator Tracy Hill, with daughter Angel, 15.