What Aerial Yoga Does to Your Body

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You’re hanging upside down a few feet off the ground, in a stretch you never thought you’d be able to do, swaddled in a fabric swing, and you’re thinking…” how in the world did I get here?”

Aerial Yoga is an exercise routine that is inspired by aerial gymnastics and calisthenics. It’s not as scary as it sounds. In fact, the movements are very similar to those of Yoga on a mat. Aerial Yoga can make a big difference in your flexibility, strength, and mental health, but with a unique perspective- some might say topsy-turvy.

What is Aerial Yoga?

A hammock is used to support your weight in aerial Yoga. This soft fabric swath suspended from the ceiling supports your body and allows you to stretch deeper.

Aerial Yoga offers unique health benefits because you can perform many inversions supported by the hammock. It’s a bit like traction to be upside down and supported by the hammock. You can lengthen ligaments, relax muscles, and decompress the spine.

Aerial Yoga: Benefits

Gravity pulls your vertebrae into one another all day. Flipping yourself upside-down and allowing gravity to release the pressure on your spine can make you feel more relaxed and lengthened, at least for a short time.

Aerial yoga positions can temporarily improve circulation just as regular inversions on a yoga mat can. It can help you to focus, improve your energy, and bring a smile to your face.

Aerial Yoga, like any other form of exercise, will increase your brain’s production of endorphins and serotonin. This may help you feel euphoric and serene.

Aerial Yoga is not a cure-all like other styles of Yoga

Some sources claim that aerial Yoga can combat aging through a permanent and continuous improvement in circulation. These benefits may last for a couple of hours, but your overall circulation won’t be enhanced by aerial Yoga.

The short-term rewards are enough to motivate you! If the health benefits weren’t enough, it’s also a fun way to exercise.

Aerial Yoga is a cross-training exercise that uses body weight to improve flexibility, strength, and stamina.

Aerial Yoga is a great way to improve your daily balance and your asana practice. It can also help with digestive issues by stretching and relaxing the abdomen and relieving any symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Aerial Yoga is a fun way to change up your yoga routine and push your body into deeper, longer poses poses are familiar with. Have you tried it yet? Comment below and let me know what you think!

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