60-min – All Levels
Aerial yoga combines traditional Yoga, Pilates and Dance with the support of a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling.
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga combines traditional Yoga, Pilates and Dance with the support of a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling. The hammock provides support throughout your flow, improving flexibility and allowing for a greater range of motion. The use of the hammock aims to decompress your spine and align the body from head to toe while stretching and strengthening all your muscles!
Aerial Yoga originated in New York by Christopher Harrison, a dancer with a performance background in acrobatics, and is now popular all over the world.
Who will benefit from this class?
Aerial yoga is particularly beneficial for those who spend a long time sitting, or who have back pain, because of its decompressing effect on the body.
The hammock, kept close to the ground usually less than a meter from the floor, acts as a support for the hips in both forward and back bends. For many people, yoga postures that are difficult to do on the ground can be performed more easily and with less strain on the body in mid-hair with the help of the hammock.
In addition to the emotional, physical and spiritual advantages of Yoga – Aerial Yoga has particular benefits for strengthening and stretching the whole body, decompressing the spine, improving circulation, boosting digestion and lifting one's mood.
What are the benefits of Aerial Yoga?
- Spinal decompression of the intervertebral discs
- Overall muscular strengthening of the entire body
- Using and incorporating parts of the body that are not easily accessible
- Deeper stretching & flexibility
- Improved joint stability and mobility
- Strengthening the deep core muscles
- Stimulating blood flow to the brain, increasing the production of serotonin
- Builds self-confidence and trust in yourself and others
It’s also an amazing way to burn calories. In fact, a study performed by the American Council on Exercise shows that Aerial Yoga rivals the effectiveness of aerobic exercise. During a 50-minute Aerial Yoga session, you have the potential to melt away 320 calories! And after six weeks, your risk of cardiovascular disease will be significantly lower.
Aerial Yoga can be performed by people of all levels of fitness – but due to the flips and inversions practiced during the class, it is not recommended for pregnant women and those who suffer from vertigo or high/low blood pressure.
Class rules & safety
Your safety is most important to us – here are a few rules we go by for our Aerial Yoga classes:
- Do not attempt poses not instructed to you
- Do not swing fast or rough
- Remove all your jewelry, especially rings and necklaces
- Do not eat up to at least 2 hours before a class and stay hydrated throughout
- Wear clothing that covers your knees, thighs, abdomen and underarms to be able to move with ease and in order to avoid ‘silk burn’
- We recommend shorter nails to have a stronger grip of the hammock for your safety
Some of you may experience slight nausea from the swinging movements or tenderness in certain positions because of the fabric – this lessens over time and tolerance will be built!