Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $39, you get five AntiGravity Yoga classes at Imagination Place (an $85 value).
At Imagination Place, instructors and students suspend from the ceiling in fabric hammocks, gliding through the air during AntiGravity Yoga sessions. A duo of mandatory 90-minute intro classes introduces still-earthbound pupils to the unusual yoga form, which combines elements of dance, Pilates, gymnastics, and yoga into one airborne workout that students perform from within fabric hammocks or paper airplanes. After completing the two intro classes, pupils can take to the air in a full schedule of classes, including the 90-minute Butts and Guts session, which aptly features moves to tone cores and seats, or the 90-minute Restorative class, where students focus on relaxing poses to calm the nervous system. During each aerial workout, gliders can expect to torch calories, tone muscles, and cure the mind of irrational fears of heights or swing sets.
Darlene Casanova, owner of Imagination Place, believes that music holds the power to strengthen familial and community-based relationships. Drawing from her extensive training and careers in the performing arts, she now strives to nurture family bonds and child development via music and movement classes. Along with a team of certified teachers and music instructors, she leads a harmonious selection of internationally recognized programs open to adults, children, and operatic family dogs. In Music Together, an early-childhood series in which caregivers join their tots in song and movement, children choose from a basket brimming with instruments and Baroque-style wigs to identify their individual musical styles. Teachers spark early creativity with yoga, art, and theater in the Imagination Workshop, and motivate youngsters to explore music theory in Musical Bridge.
When she’s not crooning with kiddies, Darlene teaches AntiGravity fitness. Suspended from an AntiGravity hammock—a soft, pliable fabric used to enhance stretches—she guides pupils through an aerial series of movements that meld techniques from dance, Pilates, calisthenics, and classic yoga.
In addition to her wide range of family classes, Imagination Place hosts music- and art-filled birthday extravaganzas. During the warmer months, an assortment of summer-camp programs fills the studio with creative children eager to escape the stresses of babysitting their parents.
1155 E 3300 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106