Aerial yoga is a great way to stretch and extend the muscles of your body. You are suspended in a hammock and the class involves multiple moves including some fun tricks! It is best to wear leggings and a t-shirt and no jewellery to preserve the silks of the hammock. No experience is necessary!
Did You Know This About Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is a hybrid type of yoga developed by Michelle Dortignac in 2006 combining traditional yoga poses, pilates, and dance with the use of a hammock.
Aerial Yoga as Therapy
Aerial yoga has not been studied with clinical trials. Anecdotal evidence indicates that by facilitating bending and stretching of the whole body during exercise, muscles and joints will be strengthened and rehabilitated, and the spine decompressed as the body hangs freely. Yoga in general, and aerial yoga in particular is promoted as benefiting emotional, psychological and spiritual health.
The travel writer Elizabeth Gowing, sampling an aerial yoga class, was warned that as someone new to the practice she would “feel it in her core muscles”, and indeed found the class strenuous. In her experience, “it was the combination of the sense of weightlessness and finding some steel in your core or upper body that made the class addictive.”
Popular Aerial Yoga Poses
Aerial yoga poses include the cross position, leaning back with support just above the waist, arms outspread; the star inversion, the hammock supporting the tailbone with the body bending backwards; and the one-legged king pigeon pose, like the star inversion but with one foot hooked across the front of the hammock. A bound variant has the rear ankle grasped by the hands.