Benefits of using a yoga hammock
Aerial yoga is performed in mid-air, using a low hanging fabric swing, similar to a hammock, which supports the body weight. This makes it easier to go deeper into yoga positions and hold them for a longer period of time. The various postures are practiced whilst suspended a few inches from the ground. With the weight of the body supported, the body has to learn to align itself correctly due to the effects of gravity.
Proper postural alignment is achieved via relaxation rather than effort, thereby enhancing a relaxed state of mind. The reverse gravity effects actually make letting go an easier process and relieves joint compression, so the spine is elongated and the shoulders straightened.
Traditional yoga practice is enhanced as postures involving backbends and inversions can be achieved without the strain and effort by using the hammock. Deeper stretches can be achieved in the air due to the muscular release, than traditionally experienced on the floor.
Who is this technique suitable for?
Aerial yoga is not just for those who are physically able. This type of Yoga is easily adapted to suit all fitness levels and is therefore suitable for most people.
Aerial yoga is not recommended for pregnant women or those who have had eye surgery or glaucoma. It is not advised for those suffering from vertigo or high blood pressure.
What to expect in a typical class
By initially combining traditional yoga on the mat with aerial yoga, students achieve the immediate benefits of spinal decompression as well as a better understanding of alignment when performing their yoga postures on the floor.
Using the swing releases tension from your spine and helps you to keep the correct alignment whilst strengthen your muscles. With the yoga swing you will practice coordination, balance, strength, stamina, stability and flexibility all at the same time and that stimulates your mind.
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Single Session Credit - We recommend this option for first time users. Although it is a slightly more expensive option, you don't have to commit yourself to purchasing a whole course of lessons. The advantage is that this option allows you to try out your chosen class to see if you like it or not. The disadvantage is that it is more expensive and you only get 7 days to use your lesson from the date of purchase. This means that you have to wait until the last minute to book your chosen class, which may mean that it is already fully booked if it is a popular class.
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