Why Should I Try Aerial Yoga?– Part 1 of 3
Part 1 – Practice yoga with support to help with our alignment
The yoga hammock serves many purposes, one of which is support. Even though an aerial class may seem very intimidating to a beginner yogi, it may actually be the perfect place to start your yoga practice. In any Flying Beach Yoga brand of aerial class, we use the hammock to support our postures or asanas. We have these beautiful fabrics rigged from the ceiling supports that can easily support all of our body weight, so why not use it to help hold us up off the ground while we practice our poses.
For example, a forward facing lunge, also referred to as Crescent Lunge or Anjaneyasana is much different when practiced using the hammock. With the fabric supporting you under the thigh of the front leg, (and with the option to hang on with your hands to the fabric as well), we can work on the alignment and engagement of our feet, legs, hips, torso, arms, and gaze (or dhristi), all while this fabric is supporting half of our body weight. All of this information is very transferrable to a floor or mat yoga practice.
As the Flying Beach Yoga aerial class progresses, we transition from being partially supported by the hammock, to being fully supported and elevated by the hammock. So as we have worked on our alignment on the floor, we revisit some of those postures or asanas while elevated, which gives us an opportunity to practice correct alignment while having full core (and beyond) muscle engagement. We will dive further into the benefits of strength training, flexibility, and balance in Part 2 of 3 of this series “Why Aerial Yoga May Be Worth A Try”. For more information, visit www.FlyingBeachYoga.com/News for more great articles on aerial yoga.
Written by Michele DiPetrillo, PharmD, RYT, Owner and Instructor for Flying Beach Yoga