Aerial yoga originated in New York and is now popular all over the world.
It was created by Christopher Harrison, a dancer with a performance background in acrobatics.
Aerial yoga is thought to be particularly beneficial for students who spend a long time sitting, or who have back pain, because it has a decompressing effect on the spine.
WHAT IS AERIAL YOGA?
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga which uses a hammock or yoga swing to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat.
It is often also referred to as AntiGravity® yoga.
It combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by pilates, dance and acrobatics.
WHAT ARE IT'S BENEFITS?
In addition to the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits of all yoga practice, Aerial yoga has particular benefits for strengthening and stretching the whole body, decompressing the spine, improving circulation, boosting confidence, digestion and lifting one's mood. In particular, Aerial yoga strengthens the core as well as the arms and legs, to support the body in mid-air.
In Aerial yoga, the hammock is kept close to the ground, generally less than a meter from the floor. It becomes a swing which can support the hips in both forward and back bends. For many people, yoga postures that are difficult on the ground can be performed more easily and with less strain on the body in mid-air.
Aerial Flow focuses on your core as well as on integrating all group muscles which is required to keep yourself balanced and stabilised during class.
Increase your flexibility
You will be able to try out various new positions with the help and support of the aerial silk.
When in a challenging situation, you will be encouraged to be more cautious and aware of controlling each movement. The level of focus will be improved while being suspended in the air.
The various kinds of movements and stretches aid in improving the digestive system and curing various digestion related problems including indigestion and constipation.
Makes you smile, laugh and happy
As you go against gravity, you will have an adrenaline rush which leads to the release of the "happy" hormones - endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. These hormones boost your mood and make you feel more energetic and happy.
Alleviates Spine related problems
Your spine lengthens when you are upside down in the silk. It decompresses the tension between each vertebra and joints.
Combats aging symptoms
Your blood circulation increases while doing aerial yoga which benefits in normalizing blood pressure, whilst providing relief from joint pain. Your improved blood circulation also aids in nourishing your skin.
It makes you fit!
Be a regular practitioner and experience it for yourself!
Although Aerial yoga can be performed by people with all levels of fitness, it is not recommended for pregnant women or those who suffer from vertigo, due to the flips and inversions practiced during the class.
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