Today we’re going to talk all about Aerial yoga!
Yes, you’ve heard us right! Aerial Yoga is a thing these days. Yoga has always been an integral part of Indian culture, and we all know how beneficial yoga is for our mind, body, and soul.
There are many distinct forms of yoga. A popular form of yoga these days is Aerial yoga. It’s like a special treat for yoga students who want to try something new! Curious about it? Let’s find out!
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga was founded in New York and rapidly gained global popularity. It was created by Christopher Harrison, who is a dancer and has a performance background in acrobatics.
It is often also referred to as AntiGravity yoga since Aerial yoga uses a hammock or yoga swing which allows students to perform postures in mid-air and doesn’t use the traditional yoga mat. Therefore, this yoga is a mixture of pilates, dance, and acrobatics.
This yoga has decompressing effects on the body and is beneficial for people who have back pain or who spend a lot of time sitting.
How is Aerial Yoga performed?
In Aerial yoga, the hammock is usually kept close to the ground, mostly less than a meter from the floor. It becomes a swing which is used to support the hips in both forward and backbends.
People who couldn’t perform yoga postures on the ground can easily perform Aerial Yoga and with less strain on the body. Hence, Aerial yoga can be performed by anyone who loves fitness. It is best performed under the guidance of an aerial yoga instructor. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women or those who are diagnosed by vertigo.
Health Benefits of Aerial Yoga
- Total body workout: Aerial yoga allows you to move almost all parts of the body and stretches it due to which Muscles are toned and redefined, and joints strengthened while practicing the movements.
- Happy mind: Just like almost any other form of exercise aerial yoga helps rejuvenate your emotional system and clears the mind and relieving stress due to its meditative state. It also helps you fight stress throughout the day and increases your creativity side which improves and develop your artistic skills.
- Improves flexibility: Another plus point for this form of yoga is allows you to move freely like a bird with minimal effort by counteracting gravity. It releases tension from bones and muscles and increases flexibility gradually depending on your regular practice. Suspended yoga has the capability to strengthen core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.
- Increases strength: Strength is something all women need to perform our daily chores. Antigravity yoga improves strength and flexibility, The core workout is a beneficial cross-training, it’s highly beneficial for runners as it helps to recover faster and boosts the stamina.
- Heals back problems: As this yoga is performed by hanging freely, it allows the spine to lengthen and there is less strain on the back while doing the exercises, it eases tension in the spinal cord and hip joint, and leaves you feeling better.
- Improves balance Aerial Yoga is all about balance and stability and can improve these two aspects inside out in your daily life.
- Aids digestion: The different types of stretches and movements help to improve the digestive system, thus helping in healing various yet common digestion related issues, like constipation and indigestion. Foodies this could be your reason.
- Old age and heart disease: Aerial yoga improves the blood circulation thus slowing aging and its symptoms. Aerial yoga also helps detoxify the lymphatic and circulatory system, which lowers the various cardiovascular issues.
- Improves memory: practicing Antigravity Yoga can make you go smarter and helps to rebuild your memory power.
How to Perform Aerial Yoga at Home
To perform Aerial yoga, you need to buy a hammock and it’ carabiner you can get it online or at a sports store. Simply follow the instructions and attach it to your ceiling. All you need to do is hold the posture for a few seconds and repeat for 2-3 times.
Below are a few yoga poses which are simple and perfect for beginners.
- Layback in the Cross Position:
- This is a great position for heart
- It stretches the chest and shoulders, lungs, and abdomen
- It improves the nervous system
- Improves posture
- Combat stress
- A good posture for asthma patients.
- Shoulder stretch in wrist wrap:
- Regular practicing this posture can Improve posture
- Helps reduce lower back and sciatica pain
- Deeply stretches the shoulders and spine.
- Chair in the cross position:
- Another simple posture to relieves lower back pain and sciatica pain
- Helps to improve posture.
- Low Lunge in wrist wrap:
- Stretches the hip.
- Relieves hormonal and emotional stress.
- Plank with feet in the hammock:
- Strengthens and tightens the core, shoulders, wrist, spine, legs, and arms.
- Helps relieve lower back pain.
- Improves your body posture and self-confidence
- Increases balance and stability.
- Aim and Pull with the Foot in the Hammock:
- Point your arrow in any direction.
- It Stretches the hips, thighs, and hamstrings
- Relieves sciatica and lower back pain
- Improves overall balance and focus
- Strengthens digestion.
- Star Inversion:
- Decompresses the spine
- Helps to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, and mild depression
- Improves creativity and calms the mind.
- Improves circulation and decreases inflammation
- Regulates body temperature
- Relieves menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms.
- Floating savasana: End your session with floating savasana
- This posture is one of the best postures for relaxing the body. It makes you feel light, there are sensations of floating. So, it’s a form of a deep meditation
- Calms down the brain and relaxes the body and mind
- As you are hugged by silk, there is a feeling of being secure and safe.
- Refreshes the six senses.
Finally, here’s a video of how an antigravity yoga session looks like:
Hope you enjoy aerial yoga at the comfort of your home! Let us know your favorite position in the comments!