Aerial Yoga: 7 Things to Know

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While the term aerial yoga refers to Yoga suspended off the ground using various equipment and props like hoops, silks/tissue/fabric, poles, straps, and trapeze lines, specifically aerial Yoga in hammocks/slings has soared in popularity.

Aerial Yoga in a Hammock combines traditional yoga postures and poses with a hammock. If you’re a newbie to Yoga or an experienced yoga practitioner, you should know some key things about aerial Yoga.

It is best not to wear jewelry, lotion, or perfume when practicing with hammocks.

It is best to remove all perfumes and colognes to keep your hammock in good condition and protect yourself and it from snags and slipping. Avoid wearing anything that has a strong scent, such as essential oil or perfume. This can cause the smell to linger long after you have finished practicing.

To avoid damaging the hammock, remove watches, jewelry, and any protruding piercings. Also, make sure to trim your toenails and fingernails. Wearing lotion, sunscreen, or other creams can cause the hammock to stick and make it hard to grip.

Wearing clothing that covers your armpits, the back of your knees, and the undersides of your legs will prevent chafing. It also promotes better movement with the sling.

It is best to avoid wearing anything that could catch on the fabric, such as buckles or embellishments. Wearing fitted yoga pants/leggings or capris that are full length and cover the armpits will help to avoid irritation and chafing of sensitive skin.

Many people recommend wearing ankle and wrist braces to protect themselves, especially if you are required to practice barefoot in some studios.

Choose your adventure when it comes to aerial Yoga.

Aerial yogis have many options. It’s important to find a teacher and a style that works for you. There are, for example, traditional flow classes that emphasize alignment and adjustment with the hammock at hip height. Restorative classes use a hammock that is lowered to the ground (between 6-10 inches) for a more gentle lift and support from the mat.

It is important to breathe comfortably during each pose or transition.

Beginners can easily take this class with the instructor’s help. The hammock is capable of holding up to 2,000 pounds.

Hammocks can support up to 2,000 lbs. They are made of a nylon material with a high density. It takes time to learn to trust your hammock and how to move in relation to the sling.

Aerial Yoga has many advantages. You can expect to find smaller classes (under ten students), individual attention, and a focus on safe transitions and alignment. Many studios require that new students take an introductory aerial course so they know everyone else is a beginner.

Intro classes are a great place to ask questions and speak out. To have a successful aerial yoga practice, it is important to be educated and comfortable.

Aerial Yoga has many benefits, including improved flexibility and reduced back discomfort.

Aerial Yoga has been shown to be beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. The body and mind are challenged to learn to move differently when using a sling.

The mind can stay active, fit, and healthy by building new neural connections. Aerial Yoga drains the lymphatic system, which helps improve lymph flow and immune function. Flipping and flying help to improve the circulation system, and the increased blood flow nourishes your skin.

If you are susceptible to motion sickness or have recently had surgery, aerial Yoga is not for you.

Suppose you have a history of vertigo or inner ear conditions that affect your balance; you’ve recently had surgery or a head injury. In that case, if you are prone to fainting, or you experience extreme fatigue or a tendency to faint, then aerial Yoga is not the right practice for you.

It is also best to avoid practicing within 24 hours after having had Botox. Aerial Yoga is not recommended for women beyond their first trimester unless they are taking classes specifically designed for pregnant women and have been cleared by a doctor.

Avoid soft drinks, sodas, and other acidic beverages before flying.

It would be best if you nourished your stomach with soothing foods such as bananas and oatmeal or ginger tea, ginger candy, and so on, about an hour before class.

If you are taking aerial Yoga, alcohol, sodas, and other acidic drinks can cause your stomach to work overtime.

Acupressure wristbands or “sea bands” can also help with nausea. After class, a peppermint may also help to relieve nausea symptoms.

Aerial Yoga is a great compliment to mat practice as well as a full-body workout. Please share any tips or experiences you have in the comments section below.

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