Aerial yoga is a type of yoga combining traditional yoga postures with the support of a hammock The hammock provides a unique and fun take on traditional yoga, while also allowing students with to deepen or hold postures that would have previously been inaccessible.
What are the benefits of aerial yoga?
- Improves flexibility and increases strength
- Zero compression inversions relieve back pain
- Calms the nervous system & relieves stress in your hammock cocoon
- Improves posture by realigning the spine
- Improves joint mobility and decompression
- Boosts mood by having fun!
Can anyone do aerial yoga?
Yes! As long as you have done the Intro to Aerial yoga class and are not pregnant, have high or low blood pressure, vertigo, glaucoma or a sinus infection. We offer classes for different levels. Start out with an Introduction to aerial yoga workshop , which is perfect for beginners.
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that cover armpits and legs. Shoes or socks are not worn. We do not recommend ANY jewellery in aerial classes as it can get caught on the silks.
How hard is an aerial yoga class?
It depends on which class you take. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work.
How will I feel after an aerial yoga class?
You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will feel as if they were worked and you will be refreshed! Back pain may be relieved and you will feel relaxed.
Are you sure the yoga hammock will hold me?
Yes. The rigging is rated to 6000lbs and the silk hammock is rated for 1200lbs. The points in the ceiling where our aerial yoga equipment is suspended have been placed by a professional safety rigger and certified by an engineer.
Who shouldn’t attend an aerial yoga class?
Anyone can attend an aerial class if they are mindful and respectful of their own conditions. We recommend extreme caution to people who have/are very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke or botox injections (within 6 hours). You must have a general level of fitness to attend an aerial yoga class.
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:
- Challenging Yoga postures such as inversions and deep backbends can be achieved with less effort and strain.
- Deep muscle releases achieved in the air allow students to explore much deeper stretches in their traditional Yoga postures on the floor.
- Common yoga-related injuries caused by overstretching and compressing the lower back are addressed through postures that strengthen shoulders without compromising flexibility, and strengthen core abdominal muscles without compression of the spine
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.