Yoga Trapeze® Alamo Ranch
Strength, Flexibility & Spinal Health

FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.

FREE! DISCOVERY CLASS

CLASS RATES

Private individual (or small group) classes are usually held at your home, office or another organized practice area. Private practice is recommended a minimum of once per week, though some students prefer to practice 2-3x’s per week which is even better if you’re able to commit to that. Together, we’ll work specifically on your health goals using the best yoga practices to serve you. This is highly individualized and is designed to help you get the most benefits in the least amount of time possible.

Private Single Class
 
$130
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1 Month Pack (4 Classes)
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3 Month Pack (12 Classes)
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$1,092
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BENEFITS OF PRACTICE

INTRODUCING… The Yoga Trapeze, the world’s #1 inversion yoga sling used by over 100,000 students in 81 countries and counting. While many of the yoga poses we do on the Yoga Trapeze look very similar to their mat-based counterparts, the dynamics are very unique. The Yoga Trapeze demands a great deal of upper body and core strength even with the most basic of movements such as getting in and out of the sling. It adds in the missing “pull” motion lacking in mat-based classes.

Top Benefits Experienced in Class:

  • Spinal Traction: relieve back pain by naturally “hanging” upside down from your hips

  • Core Strength: build functional core strength naturally in dozens of dynamic and fun postures

  • Builds Grip Strength / Upper Body Strength: take care of your hands, wrist, elbows and shoulders through safe and challenging strength postures

  • Flexibility: practice deep, passive backbends, splits, and hip openers in ways otherwise impossible to do on the mat.

  • Posterior Chain Strength: your spine is largely supported by the muscles along the backside of your body, and using the Yoga Trapeze you can strengthen and balance these muscles


THE STORY OF THE YOGA TRAPEZE®

Inversion devices in various forms have been used in yoga studios for decades so the exact origins of this practice are unclear and are rarely agreed upon. While there were surely yogis hanging upside down from ropes hanging from trees thousands of years ago, most people credit the late yoga master, BKS Iyengar, with popularizing and systematizing the practice.

In this studio in Pune, India, Iyengar introduced his yoga students (who came from all over the world) to all many different yoga props that have now become common including: blocks, straps, ropes, yoga chairs, and improvised yoga inversion slings.

Iyengar himself appears in some of the earliest photos documenting inversion sling yoga practice. In the old photos, he uses a thick rope and stack of rolled up mats to practice passive backbends in his yoga studio.

YOGABODY founder, Lucas Rockwood, first discovered inverted slings in 2004 while living in Thailand. Frustrated by the design and durability of early models, Lucas spent three years in development and eventually created a studio-quality device now known as, The Yoga Trapeze. It’s used in 81 countries in homes, studios, and fitness centers around the world.

While modern yoga props have improved in quality and comfort for inversion sling yoga, the fundamental concept is the same. These simple devices allow you to practice new and different poses in ways that can transform your practice, and in particular, your spinal health, core and upper body strength.

While many forms of physical fitness or athletics can create massive imbalances in the body, a traditional yoga practice does an excellent job of creating balance and overall health including: muscle strength, mobility, cardiovascular health, respiratory health, circulation, and general fitness. It’s difficult to fault yoga as a form of exercise, but the one thing that is clearly missing and very difficult to create in a mat-based class is the functional movement of pulling or rowing.

Functional strength must include pushing, holding, and pulling. Yoga offers thousands of opportunities for both pushing and holding, but without lifting heavy things (like your body weight or a dumb bell), pulling is missing. As a result, many yoga students have poor grip strength, weak wrists and shoulders. It’s not uncommon for yoga students to suffer from wrist, shoulder, and upper back and neck pain, and it’s most-often due to undeveloped strength rather than poor alignment as is often cited as the cause.

So what does this have to do with the Yoga Trapeze? Everything. Most students initially get interested in the Yoga Trapeze for the spinal traction and passive backbends, but very quickly they learn that the functional pulling and grip strength is equally (if not more) valuable and truly “completes” yoga as a comprehensive fitness modality. A yoga practice that integrates the Yoga Trapeze, even if just once or twice per week, can include pushing, pulling, holding, twists, backbends, forward bends, hip opening and so much more. You can work your shoulders, calm your nerves, and leave class floating on air.


YOUR TEACHER: Cristina Anz

Cristina or Tina attempted her first yoga class back in Brazil in 2002 at age 19 and she did not like it at all. She remembers feeling nausea after the class and her mind was all over the place, however the sleep was magical, which kept her intrigued to try again.

In 2005, Tina had an opportunity to come to Texas on an athletic scholarship to play volleyball. In college, Yoga crossed her path again as related course work for a semester. When Tina began to enjoy how the monkey mind was slowing down and adding clarity to her activities. Tina’s favorite poses involved the inversions, perhaps due to her background in Capoeira, an acrobatic Brazilian martial art she practiced for 10 years.

Essentially, it was not until 2009 that Yoga became more than just an additional practice to her athletic activities. As an athlete she suffered two back sprains in college and later on in 2008 a knee injury that compromised her athletic career. During the rehabilitation, Tina devoted time to Yoga which developed the amazing benefit of improving mobility and mainly decreasing the back pain.

By 2014, Tina was a mother of two children suffering depression which often affected her spinal health. Then, Tina decided to take an approach to become a Yoga teacher to free the mind and find peace which has changed her life since then. Over the past 4 years teaching, she has helped many students, friends and athletes to find healing and mental strength through different yoga styles.

In addition, she went to Barcelona to study and become a certified Yoga Trapeze Teacher, where Tina can incorporate the so wanted “inversions” to all students at any level in a safe, fun, and as an extremely beneficial practice to assist with back pain and stress relief.

Education & Certification BA of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science UTSA
Certified Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours – by Lifetime Fitness Academy
Certified Yoga Trapeze Teacher – 50 hours by YOGABODY

International Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Certified Group Fitness Instructor – AFAA
Certified Physical Education Teacher – Ec-12
Former INTERN Physical Therapy Technician – Baptist Hospital Health Link
Former Professional Indoor Volleyball Player
Former Brazilian Martial Arts
Capoeira Instructor

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FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.

FREE! DISCOVERY CLASS

FEATURED PRODUCTS


YOGA TRAPEZE®

The world’s most popular inversion swing with over 100,000 students in 81 countries… if you haven’t tried this yet, you’re missing out. Spinal traction, posterior chain strength, deep backbends, and more.


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WONDER WHEEL

Challenge your balance, build proprioceptive awareness, open up your spine, stabilize your joints and blast your core. The Wonder Wheel is jumbo-size for mat work, ultra-light and durable.


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HANDSTAND BLOCKS

Relieve wrist pain in Vinyasa classes, build grip and hand strength, and up-level your handstand practice. These are an *all-levels* training tool. Whether you’re new to handstand or a seasoned pro, these blocks are a must have.


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YOGA VIDEOS

You’ll find everything from short-form, pre-bed practices to full-length classes available with new videos added each week.

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YOGABODY Founder, Lucas Rockwood, interviews thought leaders, fitness professionals, and yoga experts from around the globe and gives you exclusive access to their best research. Listen Now

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