Aerial yoga is akin to a sensation of delicious floating. It’s yoga done in a swing or hammock, which sounds a little crazy, but the benefits of the practice are just as wonderful as those of mat based yoga, with an added sense of support and feeling for alignment. Read on for a few of the benefits ...
If you have an aerial hammock installed at home, why not join me for an aerial yoga class from the comfort of your own home? Classes are conducted via Zoom. Just contact me to arrange a time that suits you, and I'll send you a link so we can hook up and have some fun in the air!
Individual Zoom classes are £15 for one hour, or contact me if you have a few friends who also want to join!
Aerial does not necessarily mean cirque du soleil tricks! Your Aerial journey will begin with an induction to gradually acclimatise you to the hammock, and you’ll soon begin to feel confident moving with it and being supported by it.
Aerial is gentle on the joints. Other forms of impact exercise like running or jumping can cause a lot of stress if you have knee and ankle problems. The nature of aerial yoga is different and kinder on the joints.
Simply resting in the hammock feels amazing. The slow tranquil movement as it rocks is relaxing, and brings a sense of peace and wellness. The gentle stretching movements we limber with can help loosen sore, stiff muscles and make you feel great both during and after your practice.
There are definitely more rigorous routines that will push your Aerial experience further. It can be a potent mix of strength training, stretching, and cardio, without compromising on the traditional yogic benefits of mindfulness, breathwork and movement meditation.
Nearly all the movements involved in aerial yoga require you to activate your core muscles. This means that you are constantly using your abdominal muscles as you move from pose to pose, and to stabilise in static poses. It’s also great for developing Upper Body strength.
When doing heart openers (backbends) in aerial yoga, you can move more deeply into the poses. Aerial yoga uses poses to work with gravity. The structure of the hammock gives the potential for anyone, even complete beginners, to invert in their very first class. This helps to lengthen the spine by creating space between the vertebrae.
When we hang upside down, we are cleansing the lymphatic system. Inverting in the hammock takes pressure off of the joints and stimulates circulation in the body. The muscles are flooded with blood and oxygen, clearing out toxins and old blockages. This also moves prana – life force energy to the spine, healing tension & can actually make you feel taller!
By using the aerial yoga hammock to suspend you in the fabric, standing seated or lying, you are able to move deeper into postures like splits, shoulder openers and backbends. The combination of the support of the hammock and gravity helps us find more space in the body.
The hammock is a wonderful place for turning inwards, finding quiet time and reflection. When you’re inside the hammock it feels somewhat like a womb or a cocoon. It gives you a sense of safety, and with a little imagination you can feel like you are being reborn. You will feel safe and secure in a class, because you have your own sacred space.