Aerial Yoga is the practice of traditional Hatha yoga with a soft fabric hammock, supporting up to 1000 lbs, suspended a few feet off the ground. The hammock is a prop like a strap or block, intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefit of spinal decompression. With the weight of the body partially or fully supported along with the help of gravity, we can explore and create space in our bodies as intended in traditional Yoga practice. Without the compression of the joints and spine we can achieve proper posture and alignment through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced expression of each pose.
Many Aerial Yoga postures are designed to help the student better understand the purpose of traditional Yoga postures and some are meant to help students achieve advanced traditional Yoga postures which can take years to learn. Through Aerial Yoga the fascia unwinds, the mind quiets, core-strength is built, and participants leave the class feeling whole.
While practicing Aerial Yoga, students alternate between hammocks and mats to facilitate awareness of the body in all planes. Classes slowly progress from using the hammocks to hold a little bit of body weight to using the hammocks to hold 100% of the body’s weight. The slow progression emboldens new students, and carefully introduces what can be very intense new sensations to the student.
Aerial Yoga supports your traditional Yoga practice in numerous ways:
Bring a yoga mat to class. Wear a shirt that covers your underarms completely. Bring a large towel or thick sweatshirt for padding until you are used to the feeling of the fabric. Do not use hand lotion before class, wear jewellery, belts, or clothing that could potentially snag the fabric. Avoid shorts or very baggy clothing. Please trim your finger and toenails and avoid eating an hour prior to class. Please observe good personal hygiene and wear deodorant in consideration for the next person using the hammock.
Please talk to the instructor before attending class .If you have any medical issues that prevent you from inverting (glaucoma, heart condition, etc.) or putting pressure on your skin. If you have a spinal injury or medical condition, check with your doctor first.