Do you have questions about aerial yoga? Wonder if it is right for you? Read more to get answers to the most popular questions asked about aerial yoga!

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga (anti-gravity antigravity yoga) is yoga using a soft, fabric aerial hammock (sometimes referred to as a yoga swing) suspended from the ceiling. The swing is used as a tool to help one achieve traditional yoga positions.

Where did aerial yoga originate?

Antigravity arts began in New York and by many sources was originated by aerial acrobatics performer and yoga instructor named Michelle Dortignac. Another source says Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer, invented the art. Aerial yoga originated from the most common style of yoga – Hatha yoga.

What are the benefits of aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga allows you to expand your flexibility, increase range of motion, build strength, lengthen the spine, and relax the nervous system. It’s also a great stress-buster due to how much fun it can be! It is also great for those with back issues to try as it can be compared to using an inversion table.

How hard is aerial yoga?

Every class is different. You definitely want to do a beginner’s class if this is your first time, however you monitor your own resistance. As far as for needed fitness ability, it is suggested that you are able to do two consecutive pushups.

Can aerial yoga be dangerous?

During aerial yoga poses, you are never more than a few feet off of the ground, which means you won’t have far to fall. However, it is not recommended for people who have high blood pressure, cataracts, are pregnant, or anyone for anyone that has an issue with dizziness while hanging upside down. It is also not recommended for anyone with glaucoma, recent surgery heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, head cold, recent stroke, or Botox injections within the last six hours. I recommend that you see a doctor prior to practicing if you are concerned.

Can a yoga hammock hold me up?

A yoga hammock can hold over 2000 pounds if it is of professional quality. Make sure the equipment is placed by a professional.

What are some similar styles of exercise?

If you prefer something more acrobatic, you could try aerial silks, a combination of strength and acrobatics popularized by the Cirque du Soleil that uses two lengths of fabric suspended from the ceiling. There is also a Lyra class which involves using a Lyra Hoop (a metal circle suspended which allows you to do fun spins and moves).

How do you prepare for a class?

  • It is advised that you let prior food ingested digest, but also make sure that you are not hungry as this can lead to light headedness.
  • You will want a yoga mat in case there are floor poses, a water bottle, and a sweat towel.
  • I recommend you wear clothing made specifically for yoga that is not baggy as this can cause your clothing to shift around. It is recommended by many sources that you also wear workout wear that covers the armpits and legs. Non-slippery fabrics such as cotton are best.
  • Remove all jewelry and accessories as they can get caught in the hammock. You should avoid having long and/or sharp finger and toenails, as well as wearing lotion. Be friendly to your neighbor by remembering to wear deodorant and going easy on the perfume!

How much does a yoga hammock cost and where can I get it?

A yoga hammock is as cheap as $55 and as expensive as $300! Make sure you do your research before making a purchase! Many aerial yoga hammocks on the market have insufficient hardware and rope or webbing that does not met minimum load requirements. Be sure each loop of the webbing holds at least 2,000 lbs!

How much is a aerial yoga class?

Drop in rates are about $16 – $25 per class. Class can be cheaper if you purchase a class pass. I also suggest checking Groupon for a local deal!

How can I become an aerial yoga instructor?

In most cases you will want to already be a certified yoga teacher. See Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher Training.

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