Aerial yoga is performed in mid-air, using a low hanging fabric swing, similar to a hammock, which supports the body weight. This makes it easier to go deeper into yoga positions and hold them for a longer period of time. The various postures are practiced whilst suspended a few inches from the ground. With the weight of the body supported, the body has to learn to align itself correctly due to the effects of gravity.
Our two hour introductory workshops at our Sunderland studio will teach you some of the key postures and basic alignment required to perform the positions safely and correctly and then afterwards you are eligible to join a group class.
Proper postural alignment is achieved via relaxation rather than effort, thereby enhancing a relaxed state of mind. Yoga is generally known as being a good stress reliever with the promotion of inner peace. The reverse gravity effects actually make letting go an easier process. The reverse gravity effect relieves joint compression, the spine is elongated and the shoulders straightened.
Traditional yoga practice is enhanced as postures involving backbends and inversions can be achieved without the strain and effort by using the hammock. Deeper stretches can be achieved in the air due to the muscular release, than traditionally experienced on the floor. Exercises strengthen the shoulders without compromising flexibility, therefore reducing the injury risk often caused by overstretching the shoulders on the mat.