Aerial Yoga /AntiGravity Yoga
What is Aerial Yoga / AntiGravity Yoga?
Aerial Yoga / AntiGravity Yoga is a relatively new approach to a traditional yoga practice. We use a silk fabric called a ‘hammock’ or ‘swing’ to support the weight of our bodies, helping us achieve various postures with more depth, ease and excitement. By relieving 20-80% of body weight, the hammock allows students to rapidly increase their flexibility while improving balance and core strength. In doing so, students are able to reach more advanced yoga poses if desired, like inversions, offering drastic improvements in health and vitality in a short amount of time. In addition, the swings are used as “wraps” on our bodies that gently massage and stimulate various acupressure meridians of the body. An overall detox effect can be experienced and felt by practitioners.
Who can take Aerial Yoga / AntiGravity Yoga?
Anyone! Almost anyone, that is! Students of most ages, men and women, practice Aerial Yoga and reap the benefits of this therapeutic style of yoga. That said, there are a few ailments that would prevent someone from attending. People who are or have 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, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold…cannot participate in aerial yoga. As with all exercise programs, we strongly advise anyone suffering from any kind of medical condition or injury consult their doctor before beginning aerial yoga. You will be required to sign a safety waiver before you register online or in person.
Is Aerial Yoga Safe / AntiGravity Yoga?
All exercise entails some level of risk, and aerial yoga is no different. That said, we take the safety of our clients and instructors very seriously. Our yoga hammocks, steel carabiners & structure are rigged to hold several 1,000 pounds worth of dynamic movement/weight. The most common cause of discomfort when beginning an aerial practice is due to the wraps themselves, and you may experience some minor irritation, discomfort, and even bruising as you condition your body to the sensation and pressure of the wraps. Some people may also experience dizziness as a result of inverting, and we take great care in our classes to ensure adequate time is allowed for clients to breathe and reconnect with the earth after inversions. It is essential that you inform your instructor of any existing medical issues.