Defy Gravity and Get Fit in The Air
There is yoga! Then there is Bikram yoga, hatha yoga, hot yoga, goat yoga and many other forms of yoga that I’m not going to mention here. But how many of you know about aerial yoga? Yes, aerial yoga is just what it sounds like. Yoga in the air. Actually, there is more to it than that.
So What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is the art of holding yoga poses while being suspended in the air by a silk hammock that is securely attached to the ceiling. It’s quite the rush and may even sound a little scary to some of you.
Is Aerial Yoga Safe?
If you’re worried about injury or falling out of the hammock, there is minimal chance of that happening. The hammocks are designed to support up to 2,000 pounds and are held in place by carabineers and support chains. The highest you should be hanging is about three to four feet from the ground. Your certified yoga instructor will go around the room to make sure each student has their feet securely wrapped around the hammock and once they are wrapped tight, there is no way you will fall out. Hammocks are very easy to get in and out of and can even be adjusted to accommodate your height
Is Aerial Yoga For Me?
Aerial yoga can be for anyone even the curious beginners. It’s not as scary or as difficult as some people may think it is. If you’re already taking yoga classes, you should have no problem getting the hang of aerial yoga, however, if you’ve never done any type of yoga before it’s best if you contact an aerial yoga instructor to go over what they will be teaching in class and what your capabilities are.
Avoid Aerial Yoga if You Have Any of The Following Conditions
- Eye diseases
- bone disorders
- High/Low blood pressure
- Prosthetic hips
- Cardiovascular diseases
As an added precaution if you have any concerns about your health or capabilities before trying aerial yoga please contact your health care practitioner
Guidelines & Recommendations
- Do not wear jewelry of any kind for obvious safety reasons
- Staying hydrated is highly recommended to prevent headaches
- Bring your regular yoga mat to place your feet on
- Avoid soft drinks or caffeinated beverages before the session
- Eat two hours before the session
What are the Benefits of Aerial Yoga
It’s Much More Fun and Challenging
Just think about it! You’re hanging upside down in a hammock holding yoga poses. It’s a bit more challenging than your basic yoga class and you are likely to be more focused while hanging upside down three to four feet from the ground.
Plus, aerial yoga really gets your adrenaline going because you’re going against gravity. This helps you release the happy hormones known as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, all which boost your mood and make you feel more energetic
You Get Greater Flexibility
You have more freedom of movement while your body is being suspended in the air. This will help you work on those deeper stretches with less effort because you’re counteracting gravity.
Does Wonders For Your Back
By hanging upside down you allow your spine to lengthen without the strain on your back. Aerial yoga also eases tension on the spinal cord as well
Excellent Way To Strengthen Those Core Muscles and Increase Your Core Stability
Aerial yoga is great for keeping your core muscles strong and flexible. This helps tremendously with athletic performance and daily activities
Your core is the midsection of muscles in the body which consists of 29 muscles located in your front back and sides. These muscles stabilize your entire body and that is why it’s so important to keep your core strong and flexible. With a weakened core, issues such as lower back pain can arise making it painful and difficult to get around.
If you work sitting down in an office all day, you definitely need to work on keeping your core muscles strong and flexible. Prolonged sitting over a long period of time weakens your core, especially if you aren’t exercising on a regular basis.