Yoga and a hammock… when you combine these two things together, you’re bound to get a truly relaxing experience—Aerial Yoga, or Anti-Gravity Yoga, as it is sometimes called.
This video shows how graceful aerial yoga can be when demonstrated by an experienced yogi.
The benefits clearly move beyond the physical into a focused, mindful state.
Yoga in the air
Unlike ordinary yoga, aerial yoga uses a silk hammock to enable a beginner to easily achieve inverted positions usually reserved for more experienced yogis.
For this reason, and the benefit of having your spine supported as you attempt challenging poses, aerial yoga is becoming a popular way to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body.
In traditional yoga, a beginner is limited to basic poses, whereas in aerial yoga, a beginner can experience freedom of movement and suspension, allowing him or her to focus on alignment, flexibility, and core strength.
Being suspended, practitioners report a floating feeling, and a playfulness that regular yoga does not offer.
The exercises themselves are not intensive, though some poses will challenge the beginner. After the session, you can expect to feel energized and experience a calmer frame of mind—enhancing both your mind and body.
This relatively new approach takes yoga to new heights, and sure makes it look more fun.