OP ED: A FEW BENEFITS TO INCLUDING AERIAL HAMMOCKS IN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
If you haven't tried aerial yoga yet, it's fun! And, unlike any other yoga-inspired class you've taken. Plus, there are some real benefits to working with and flowing with an aerial hammock.
Here are just a few of them, in my opinion:
~ You're in the present. Working with silk hammocks requires some concentration and balance. In combination with paying attention to your breath, aerial helps clear the mind, which reduces stress.
~ It's strengthening. Pulling yourself up by your arms, stepping into the hammock, getting into plank with your feet in the hammock...and other movements facilitate an experience where you are using your own body weight to make it all happen.
~ It's a safe place to get inverted, and practice handstands. Inversions (or, poses where your head is below your heart) are proven to be good for increasing blood flow throughout the body, which naturally helps our circulatory system. From a handstand perspective, the hammocks can help you get a feel for the proper alignment needed to stick a handstand - which is stacking your hips, torso, and shoulders directly above your hands.
~ The hammocks act like straps in certain postures like dancer (pic) to help deepen your stretch.
This post is sponsored by Atherial Yoga as a part of the 2018 Studio Partner Program.
Author: Founder of Unlimited Yoga Denver, Lynn Koves