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Dangling upside down from a nine-foot-long silk hammock might not instill happiness in everyone, but for me, a self-proclaimed adventurist, this is nirvana. Next to me, three brave souls sway alongside on their slippery fabric hammocks. I catch a glimpse of the polished hardwood floors of the studio, then the stark ceiling lined with metal hooks.
I’m a mother of two young boys. Sometimes a mom needs to branch out from tasks like emptying pockets while doing laundry—which, with little boys, can be risky, but not exactly adventurous. I’m on a quest to find adventure in the everyday, and that journey led me to anti-gravity yoga at Fit to the Core in Austin. This hybrid of yoga, Pilates, dance, and acrobatics was created by gymnasts and is intended for people of all athletic skill levels. Travis and Sarah Shrader, videographer and nurse by day, transform into circus performers at night when they guide a maximum of six anti-gravity class participants through a series of energizing poses.