What is Aerial Yoga?
Going by the name Suspension yoga or AntiGravity Yoga, it is a combination of pilates, dance, and acrobatics and has been around for at least 20 years.
Using a hammock fastening to the ceiling which is not more than a meter of the floor, flow sequences are done by hanging from or grabbing onto the hammock. Hanging from a hammock now gives inversion poses a whole new meaning – giving way to great stretching, killer abdominal and upper body workouts. Imagine doing an Acro Yoga pose but a hammock is holding you up instead of a partner.
What to expect when practicing Aerial Yoga?
You will develop your body-spacial awareness because you are not used to being suspended in the air. To start off, the hammock is set at the perfect height giving you the ability for deeper stretching and relaxation.
Typically, you will do widely used yoga asanas on a mat and various aerial adaptions of the traditional poses. Be prepared to challenge your body through balancing, exercising the core muscles and pulling strength – that is the pilates element of this style of yoga.
How difficult is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is considered to be a medium-level difficulty for all levels of student fitness.
It is generally considered a more energetic flow (constantly moving and stretching). The poses can be altered to suit the fitness level of the student and a well-trained instructor will help them through the process.
The Benefits of Aerial Yoga
This yoga is designed to help you build overall strength and improve your flexibility. Hanging upsidedown is magical. By lengthening your ligaments and relaxing the muscles in your body it is well-suited to help people who struggle with pain caused by a herniated disc, back spasms, or scoliosis. You can do this at home once you know what you like but as a beginner, you will start practicing in a studio.