Yoga off the ground. Literally.
During the practice of aerial yoga you will be head down all the time. First of all nobody need to be an acrobat—far from it—to learn and love aerial, or antigravity, Yoga workouts. No skills are required to be off the ground.
Aerial yoga is just one of the few new styles of yoga.
Most aerial yoga studios worldwide have classes for first-timers, especially in Los Angeles, California, New York, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Spain, France, and several other European cities.
Experts said that a benefit of taking your routine off the ground is that you lose your point of stability. “You’ll start to engage your core immediately without even realizing it,” the owner of AIR Aerial Fitness–Los Angeles, Lindsey Duggan, says in Internet.
Anti-gravity yoga is a brand name of “aerial yoga”, which is a new type of yoga, which combines the traditional yoga poses and dance off the ground with the use of a hammock.
That is because anti-gravity yoga requires a special kind of hammock used a prob which can support up to 300 kilos of weight. The rig consists of support chains, a webbing strap, a silk hammock and carabiners.
Two support chains hang down from the ceiling to less than one meter from the floor, and the hammock is connected at the height preferred by the user.
The hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, supporting the hips for forward bends and back bends. Yoga postures which some find difficult to do on the ground, such as the reverse post, may be easier in mid-air using the hammock, and the hammock moves add variety to a workout.
Those who practice the aerial or anti-gravity yoga affirm that it is a source of physical well-being. But there is a lack of well-designed clinical trials to support the effectiveness of yoga in improving general health, and anti-gravity yoga is too new to have been studied in this way.
Experts added, however that anecdotal evidence indicates that by facilitating bending and stretching of the whole body during exercise, muscles and joints will be strengthened and rehabilitated. Also the spine decompressed as the body hangs freely.
As with other forms of active exercise, the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems are improved through increased blood circulation.
Aerial-yoga has its origin in India
Yoga in general, and anti-gravity yoga in particular is promoted as benefiting emotional, psychological and spiritual health. Research shows that mind-body activities can reduce stress, and aerial yoga is no exception.
There are an ever-increasing number of popular poses to try out during a session of anti-gravity yoga. The most popular including the cross position with the hammock supporting you just above your waist and hands holding the material, straighten your legs and lean back. Slowly let your arms fall wide behind you to complete the cross shape.
The aerial-yoga has its origin in India and is also based on the same philosophy of the origins of Yoga in general. It is said that the new yoga technique was born of the old human dreams to free themselves from the ties of the body’s own weight.
In this case the antigravity yoga discipline gets a feeling of lightness and freedom with relaxing postures and meditation.
Recommendations from specialists indicate that to start practicing the modality visit a center that teaches you the techniques. Warn crucially to do not create your own aerial yoga space at home while you are a beginner. You can injure yourself.