The Benefits of Aerial Yoga

January 05, 2022 2 min read

The Benefits of Aerial Yoga

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: 

  1. Deepens stretches. The assistance of the hammock can provide deeper yet supported stretches, twists, and openings, increasing overall flexibility. 
  2. Improves core strength. Most poses require engagement of the abdominal muscles which improves overall core strength. 
  3. Relieves joint pressure. The support of the hammock helps to relieve pressure on sensitive joints like the knees. 
  4. Spinal decompression. The hammock provides traction and decompression for the spine and rehydration for the discs.  
  5. Releases endorphins. There is a big fun factor. Inversions in the hammock help to improve overall mood and support the nervous system. All classes incorporate a floating savasana where you are completely supported by the hammock, creating a calming sense of bliss. 
  6. Compliments your mat practice. You'll find that the deepened aerial stretches help you understand how a pose should feel which improves alignment in your non-aerial practice.

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. 

 

 



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