You've probably seen pictures of people doing aerial yoga. Perhaps you were curious about its benefits and if the practice is for you? The answer is likely an emphatic yes. Aerial yoga explores traditional yoga poses uses a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling to support the body. Atlanta-based aerial instructor and owner of True North Total Wellness, Ronda Thornton, views practicing with the hammock as similar to the use of blocks, straps, and hammocks in traditional mat practice, stating, "it is a tool to better access poses and deepen our overall practice." In that case, the hammock may just be the ultimate yoga prop.
Here are seven benefits of aerial yoga:
But is it for me? Aerial yoga is safe for all ages and body types. Thornton says, "Aerial yoga classes can range from cardio intensive to restorative so find one that resonates with you and works for your needs. We typically offer an Aerial Flow classes that incorporates more inversions and climbs, as well as an Aerial Restorative class that incorporates a relaxing soundbath." She suggests starting your practice in a studio with professionally installed "climbing grade" gear. Home kits are widely available for installation as well.