Aerial Yoga : What it is with Advantages

Aerial Yoga also known as flying yoga is the new trend among fitness freaks. Aerial yoga gives flexibly to your body. And the most important part is you don’t need to stress during a workout.

Although Aerial Yoga, it has already started becoming popular among newbies and devoted yogis.

What is Aerial Yoga?

Aerial Yoga is a combination of Yoga Poses, Pilates and Dance, done using Hammock. This was developed in 2014.

Poses: 

Poses include cross position, arms outspread, leaning back with support just above the waist, one-legged king pigeon pose, the star inversion, the hammock supporting the tailbone with the body bending backward.

Hammock

Aerial Yoga requires a special kind of hammock. And most of the Hammock’s available in the market supports 300 kilograms of weight. The rig consists of support chains, a silk hammock,  a webbing strap, and carabiners.

 

2 support chains hang down from the ceiling and are less than one meter above ground level. The hammock is then connected at a height set by the user.

Studies

Even though Aerial Yoga is new, researchers and doctors have already done several studies to analyze its health benefits and risks.

ACE (American Council on Exercise) has conducted a study and found that women who did three 50minute work out sessions a week lost two and a half pounds of weight.

Advantages of Aerial Yoga 

1.Easy to start 

Aerial Yoga is one the easiest to start with. No special skills required. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes to get used to it and gain momentum. Also, there is no age restriction.

2. Gives work to the entire body 

Aerial yoga movements help to move and stretch the whole body. The movement helps to tone the muscles and strengthen joints.

3. Best stretching exercise for Abs 

Aerial Yoga is considered to be the best stretching exercise for your abs.

“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,” says Lindsey Duggan, the owner of AIR Aerial Fitness

It reduces unwanted fat in your abs and helps to keep it in shape.

4. Flexibility

With aerial yoga, you don’t need to put much effort and because of counteracting gravity it increases the flexibility of your body. Since you are staying suspended in the air for a considerable period of time, it helps to release tension in bones and muscles.

5. Workout and have fun 

Aerial /Flipping yoga is all about fun and thrill. It is easy to get of bed and start your sessions when compared to heavy stressful workouts.

Duggan, a trainer in Los Angeles says they get lots of clients for aerial yoga since they don’t need to stress themselves to lose weight.

“The fun factor is what gets our clients to stick with the classes,”– he said.

“And you don’t need research to tell you that if you enjoy your workout, you’ll probably do it more often.”- he added.

6. Helps in Digestion 

The stretches and movements in aerial yoga help to boost your digestive system. People with various digestion issues like constipation and indigestion get better in weeks after doing aerial yoga.

7. Helps to master other Yoga Poses 

Aerial yoga is simple and it just takes few aerial classes to master and raises your game.

“The silk wraps around your body and supports you in certain difficult poses like inversions, giving you the experience of how a pose should feel,”- says Duggan.

8. Spine Friendly

Aerial yoga is also known as spine friendly yoga. Since you are hanging freely for a considerable amount of time, it allows your spine to lengthen and eases tension. It also helps to strengthen hip joints.

9. Best Cardio Workout 

Aerial Yoga is also considered as the best cardio workout. Doctor Duggan did a study and was amazed by the cardio intensiveness of aerial yoga.

“At the outset of the study, we didn’t necessarily anticipate that the physiological responses to aerial yoga would align with those of other, more traditional forms of cardio exercises, like cycling and swimming,”– he said.

According to the study, 50-minute work out session helped participants burn 320 calories.

10. Anti-Aging

Aerial Yoga improves blood circulation and helps your body fight against aging factors. It also helps to detoxify circulatory and lymphatic systems and delays the onset of cardiovascular issues.

11. Say bye-bye to knee problems 

Aerial yoga is good for your knees.”Whether or not you have knee problems, adding some low- or no-impact workouts is great for you, and aerial classes are exactly that easy on the joints,” says  Dalleck.

 

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