Love yoga? If you’re looking for something more challenging, perhaps you might want to go beyond the mat and “fly”. Enter aerial yoga.
Aerial yoga is a combination of the art of aerial skills and the traditional practice of yoga. Aerial yoga is also referred to as anti-gravity yoga. It is where you perform yoga in the air, defying gravity which adds up to the challenge.
Aerial yoga is inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, giving you a complete body workout. The hammock uses sturdy fabric to support your body as you perform in the air.
The fabric can be hung at different heights, which allows you to do a wide variety of yoga poses. Compared to mat yoga, you can have greater range of motion and more flexibility in aerial yoga. For instance, you can easily do backbends because the hammock is supporting your back. Generally, you can move more freely while countering gravity.
What are the Benefits of Aerial Yoga?
Everyone has to start somewhere and that is why we have made it suitable for beginners. If you’re used to feeling rooted on the ground, at first, you might feel intimidated to get off of it. But with practice, you’ll eventually feel that being in the air is just as natural as being on the ground. Here are the reasons why you should try aerial yoga:
1. Complete Body Workout
Because of the nature of aerial yoga, almost every part of your body is forced to move and stretch. It will help tone and redefine your muscles, and exercise and strengthen your joints.
2. Helps with Back Pain
Aerial yoga lets you hang freely, which lengthens your spine. Because there is less strain on your back as you do the exercises, it lifts off tension in the spinal cord and hip joint. As a result, your back feels better.
3. More Doable Poses and Improved Balance
The hammock unloads significant amount of your weight, making it as a prop for any ability. It gives you access to more poses that are hard to do when you’re on the ground. In addition, the hammock serves as a support in a balance pose and it allows you to safely build strength and balance.
4. Promotes Body Awareness and Increases Focus
The mobility of the hammock and change in spatial orientation as you perform various poses let you focus on the present movement. You’ll find your mind wandering less as being in the air raises the necessity to focus, balance, coordination, and recalibration of the body positioning.
5. You’ll Walk Away Feeling Calm
Mind-body activities such as yoga can reduce stress. Many classes end with you lying in savasana, where you’re cocooned in a hammock as you gently swing left and right. Now that’s a total bliss!
Is Aerial Yoga Safe?
Aerial yoga is safe as long as you are taught by a certified instructor. Your instructor teaches you how to perform aerial poses properly to avoid any injuries.
Although the height of the hammock can be adjusted according to your needs, the risk of fall injury is quite minimal, as in most cases, you are only suspended less than 3 feet from the ground.
However, there are some factors to consider before starting aerial yoga. If any of these apply to you, it’s best to talk to your physiotherapist or yoga instructor or perhaps try a different form of exercise:
- Eye problems or recent eye surgery
- Heart problems
- Bone problems
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Prosthetic hips
- Colds, flu, or any condition that blocks the nasal passages
Overall, aerial yoga is a fun, unique activity that brings challenges to your body. Going airborne fills you up with excitement, allowing you to explore new movements. Not only aerial yoga gets your body thrilled. At the end of the class, it gives you pure bliss being cocooned in the hammock!
If you’re looking to take yoga to a new level, then give Perth aerial yoga a try! Call us today on 92727359!