What is aerial yoga?
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga in which you move through the air instead of on a mat. To do aerial yoga, you’ll hang from the ceiling using a silk hammock or sling to execute the same movements. The goal of the hammock is to give support while also increasing flexibility and range of motion. The suspension support of this hammock also relieves tension in specific areas of the body, such as the head and shoulders. With greater ease, you may achieve more difficult postures while utilizing this hammock. Although most aerial yoga pictures appear to show a yogi suspended in midair, several aerial yoga postures only require you to remove one body part from the ground, such as your foot or leg.
Aerial Yoga Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to aerial yoga fitness, you may anticipate having a great time. However, the activity may be difficult, and your body may need some time to adjust. Li states that an aerial yoga class does not require any prior yoga experience. However, being well-versed in floor yoga is certainly advantageous. Here are some things to keep in mind before going to your first session:
- Trust the sling.
Dani Schenone, Mindbody Holistic Wellness Expert and Certified Yoga Instructor, says, “This is a body-inclusive practice because the sling can bear up to 1,000 pounds. Aerial yoga may be done regardless of your shape, size, or fitness level.”
- Wear the right gear.
Leggings or tight yoga pants, rather than loose pants or shorts, are ideal for an aerial yoga session. A sports bra is also required; if you have sensitive skin, consider wearing a fitted workout shirt that covers the underarms. For some of the exercises, wear a tank top and bring a long-sleeve shirt in case it becomes chilly.
- Don’t eat a big meal beforehand.
At least an hour before class, you shouldn’t eat a big meal, but you don’t want to go into class with low blood sugar, so a little snack, such as a banana, is fine.
- Leave your jewellery at home.
Dr. Schenone warns that jewellery can get caught in the slings, so you should avoid wearing any during your practice.
- Just relax.
The difficult poses, according to Graydon, might be frightening, and people frequently get in their own way. Breathe through the postures slowly and take your time.
- Speak up.
Schenone and Walker advise that if you need assistance with the sling or are uncomfortable in a posture, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask the instructor for help. That is their purpose, and they want you to have a good time while taking the class.
- Modify as needed.
Even though a movement may appear tough, there are numerous modifications that allow anyone to participate in aerial yoga classes. Enter the class with an open mind and maintain an open communication channel with your teacher.