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AntiGravity® Yoga at Raffa Yoga

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

Madonna, Pink, and Mariah Carey, these three mega musicians literally soar to new heights because they understand the power of Antigravity Yoga. Whether you want to get into the groove, get the party started, or fly like a bird this newest trend in yoga is sure to make participants feel like a superstar.

Raffa Yoga owner and Urban Sweat creator Christine Raffa has created a mega yoga complex in Rhode Island. The Neuromuscular Therapist has built a fifteen thousand square foot eco-friendly complex and is a training site for Antigravity Yoga. Unlike traditional yoga Antigravity Yoga is done in silk hammocks.

"Clearly the best reaction after Antigravity Yoga is the release of endorphins that happen as you invert," says Raffa. "It stimulates the pituitary gland which is the master mood gland, turning upside down is one of the only natural ways to make this happen. Antigravity yoga manufactures smiles.

The goal of Antigravity Yoga is to create a fun, well balanced work out, accessible to everyone. Antigravity Yoga creator Christopher Harrison adds, "The greatest unique physical advantage that no other technique can boast is zero-compression inversions from the base of the spine. Hanging upside down in the hammock not only decompresses the spinal column, but also refreshes the circulatory system, the endocrine system and releases endorphins (aka happy hormones). Joints are hydrated and remobilized through gyro-kinetic actions that the hammock apparatus allows. What's more the proprioceptors (the sensory receptors in our body that tell us where we are in time and space) are sharpened exponentially through the multiple planes of motion the technique works within. All of this AND it's a blast!"

Nestled in Raffa's mega yoga complex is Urban Sweat. The first of its kind in the country Urban Sweat offers a number of unique services. Raffa says, in addition, to her more than forty weekly yoga classes she wanted to build a place for people to relax, renew, and refresh, "Six heat therapy rooms offer a variety of ways to heal the mind body and soul,"

"If you're suffering from sinus or lung issues or simply want to help give your skin that youthful glow the Himalayan Salt Grotto could be one of your relaxation destinations. If your looking to boost your metabolism or help lower your cholesterol you may want to visit the Black Charcoal Room. If sore muscles, or poor circulation are an issue the Eucalyptus Steam Room could help ease the pain while rejuvenating your skin. There is a room to help heal and relax every part of your body inside and out."

Urban Sweat and Raffa Yoga located at 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston, RI offers a variety of ways to workout, relax and rejuvenate. For more information about Raffa Yoga, Antigravity Yoga and Urban Sweat log onto raffayoga.com.

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