Aerial yoga is one of the latest exercise trends attracting both yoga veterans and beginners that find some classic yoga poses too challenging. This new fitness craze is proof that yoga, a discipline developed two and a half millennia ago, continues to stay popular in the Western world after having gained global prominence in the 20th century, and still inspires an increasing number of people to become yogis.
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is just like yoga but utilises a hammock or yoga swing (suspended from the ceiling) to allow you to perform a diverse range of poses you can’t normally do on a traditional yoga mat. It is a mixture between yoga and Pilates, aerial arts, and acrobatics.
Aerial arts was originally created for circus groups (i.e.: Cirque Du Soleil); however, since then an interest in utilising aerial for fitness has grown thus the creation of aerial yoga.
Does the “aerial” part scare you? It shouldn’t.
Actually, for many people aerial yoga is more accessible than traditional yoga, and has a number of benefits that will make you want to try this easier version of becoming a trapeze artist as soon as possible:
Improving blood circulation
Aerial yoga helps rotate and move ‘stagnant’ blood that is staggered in the body. By encouraging healthy blood circulation, aerial yoga can help fight heart disease and additionally, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aerial yoga inversions temporarily improve circulation and in the long term, can provide you with more energy and focus.
Your body experiencing all kinds of movements and stretching assists in stimulating the digestive system. Aerial yoga can help you get rid more easily of digestion-related issues like constipation and indigestion. Some yogis consider that the stretching can relax their abdomen and provide relief for irritable bowel syndrome as well.
Another health benefit that aerial yoga provides you with is spine decompression; the inverting associated with aerial yoga realigns your body, and most specifically, your spine. When you are standing your spine tends to get both compressed and squashed, while hanging upside down allows the body and spine to restore to its original and natural position alignment. Hanging freely allows your spine to lengthen and the reduced strain on your back while doing these exercises eases tension in the hip joint as well. No more back pain after your gym classes!
Detoxifying your body
Aerial yoga helps detoxify the circulatory and lymphatic systems, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Yoga is known for its ability to detoxify body, mind and soul; the circulatory and lymphatic systems collaborate better to eliminate pollutants, and this puts your body back into a healthy state whenever you are feeling heavy and bloated.
Exercising against gravity improves your balance and stability during daily activities. This is very important especially at an older age, when you become more prone to accidents and your recovery time from injuries is vastly longer.
Rejuvenating the body
Improving the functioning of the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems helps combat aging and its symptoms.
Improving brain function
Inversions (being upside down) increases blood flow to the brain providing it with more oxygen which: makes it work faster and more effectively, boosts mental focus, increases memory, improves mental focus, and increases clarity of thoughts. Sport fortifies your neural connections and boosts your memory power – aerial yoga will make your smarter and enable you to maintain your brain capacity unaltered for a longer time.
The meditative state promoted by yoga helps you to combat stress throughout the day, thus allowing you to rebuild your emotional system and increase your creativity. Practicing aerial yoga regularly enhances your mood and simply allows you to enjoy life more. Anxiety, depression, and mood swings will be a thing of the past once you start exercising upside down at your aerial yoga class.
Assisting with insomnia
Inverting reduces muscle tension, which assists with better night sleeps. Aerial yoga, like many other body workouts, encourages your body to release happy hormones such as endorphins and serotonin, making you to feel more energetic during the day, and calm at night.
When you try a new type of exercise, your mind learns something new. With aerial yoga, focus is improved because you are probably not used to the yoga exercises you will be completing. This way, you become more aware of your body posture and even gain a new perspective on other aspects of life.
Everyone should try the experience of hanging upside down at least once in their lifetime. Children find the idea of inverse aerial poses very fun, and adults should give it a try as well.
Developing new body skills
It’s amazing what our bodies can do, no matter our age and fitness level, and you don’t know that until you give it a try. If you find some traditional yoga poses too difficult to perform, you will discover they are no longer impossible when suspended against gravity; in aerial yoga, your stretches are more effective and you have fewer restrictions.
Strengthens and tones core muscles
Aerial yoga is recommended to anyone, including people who practice other sports, because the core workout represents excellent cross-training. It’s the core muscles that you use a lot when balancing yourself during aerial yoga sessions and you become stronger overall.
This allows you to improve your skills with other sports, too. For instance, runners who practice aerial yoga have noticed increased stamina and the ability to recover faster.
The practice of aerial yoga lengthens your ligaments and relaxes your muscles, as being suspended in the air releases tension in your body and allows you to perform new moves at a range you did not know you were capable of. Spinal and shoulder flexibility are increased the most, and you become able to move more freely and with less effort.
Full body workout
When performing aerial yoga, you are forced to use every muscle which allows movements for everything including ligaments and joints. With most sports and physical disciplines, there is always the problem of switching between upper and lower body workouts, but with aerial yoga, you utilize them both at the same time. You will be able to tone and work muscles in your upper and lower body as well, and your entire body will move and stretch.
When talking about yoga, the spiritual aspect should never be overlooked. Aerial yoga undeniably offers an uplifting spiritual experience and takes the mind away from everyday life problems, leading it to an extraordinary place. When you get back with your mind at the present moment and with your body to its usual position, something will be changed, and not only your ability to perform impressive yoga poses.
Curious about it already?
Anyone can get involved with Aerial Yoga; it tailors to every level whether it is beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This discipline also caters for all fitness levels, and has relatively few restrictions (being pregnant, having heart and eye disease, etc.)
You should only take aerial yoga with a certified instructor for it to be as safe as possible, and consult your physician if you have health issues that could prevent you for exercising with your body handing upside down.
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