You won’t really be able to fly during this class, but it may be the closest you will get outside of a plane. Aerial yoga is a trend that is sweeping across the world, with studios popping up all over the place and lots of boasting about the benefits of this yoga. If you want to try this new and interesting form of yoga, here is all the information you need to know beforehand.
How Does It Work?
Aerial yoga mixes yoga poses, dance, and Pilates with the use of a soft fabric hammock or sling that is suspended from the roof. The hammock is supported by a system of cables and chains and can be adjusted according to height or comfort.
With the help and support of this hammock you will do traditional yoga poses on the ground, poses using the hammock for support, or adapted poses within the sling. Where and how you do these poses will depend on your instructor, your comfort with the system, and your own abilities.
Why Does It Work?
Aerial yoga has all the benefits of normal yoga, as well as some additional advantages.
Without the need to balance or position limbs in a certain way to support your weight, aerial yoga allows for greater freedom of movement. This allows you to assume new poses and results in a deeper stretch.
The pull of gravity on your body during Aerial yoga will force your muscles to work harder to move into poses, causing greater toning effects. Aerial yoga is a new and exciting change to your routine. With the right attitude, it can add a level of enjoyment and fun that’s great for stress relief and has multiple beneficial effects on your body.
What Are the Risks?
Any type of exercise has risks, and if you have not exercised in a long time, or if you have a medical condition which affects your ability to exercise, you should talk to your doctor before starting any new routine. Conditions such as pregnancy, cardiovascular problems, eye disorders, bone disorders, vertigo, or colds and flu can affect all types of yoga practice. If you suffer from any of these, consult your doctor before trying Aerial yoga.
If you are otherwise healthy, Aerial yoga is a safe activity. The hammock itself is made of a material that is super thick and super flexible at the same time. It can support over 2000 pounds, so there is little to no danger that the material will break. If something happens and you do fall, the hammocks are at most three feet from the floor, so injuries will most likely be minimal. Ensure that you do not remain upside down for extended periods and that your instructor is well trained in this form of exercise and you should be safe and enjoy your sessions.
To avoid any further problems, make sure that you wear loose, comfortable clothes, like these, and no shoes. Do not eat right before the session but remain hydrated with sips of water. Finally, remove all jewelry and don’t use hand lotion to lessen the chance of slipping.
If you follow all these tips and exercise a little caution, Aerial yoga could be a fun, exciting, and beneficial addition to your exercise schedule.