Experts and fitness buffs swear by the benefit of a mixed workout programs. According to them, mixing up the workout routine helps gain better results while killing the monotony. If you are someone who is in search of something new to add to your workout regimen, then aerial yoga could end your search.
This new form of workout, a mix of yoga and aerial dance, started in the United States and is gaining popularity. If you are looking for a core muscle exercise to improve your flexibility and muscle strength, then you should give aerial yoga a try.
Though traditional yoga considers grounding as an important aspect, aerial yoga requires practitioners to float in midair while performing asanas. Aerial yoga uses a hammock made of a special silk and requires one to perform various yogasanas while hanging. Contrary to general belief, practitioners claim that the asanas which are difficult to do on the ground are way easier in midair.
With a combination of traditional yoga poses, pilates and dance on a hammock, aerial yoga defies gravity; this has given it names like anti gravity yoga and flying yoga. Call it by any name, it is pure fun and acrobatic.
Aerial yoga offers many of the same benefits and serenity as regular yoga, but it has some additional benefits as well:
A total body workout: The nature of aerial yoga movements forces all body parts move and stretch, toning and redefining muscles. These movements regenerates and strengthens joints.
Stress relief: Due to the meditative state and many of the stress relief poses of aerial yoga, you can experience calmness.
Increases flexibility: Aerial yoga helps you to move more freely, with less effort, by counteracting gravity. Being suspended in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, and increases flexibility.
Strengthens muscles: Aerial yoga is also a great core workout because you have to engage your core muscles to balance and stabilize yourself. It also increases spinal and shoulder flexibility.
Emotional benefit: Another key benefit of doing aerial yoga is that it gets the gives an adrenaline push while going against gravity. It also releases “happy” hormones like endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine, etc. which boost your mood and help you feel more energetic.
Improves balance: While going against gravity can be exciting, aerial yoga also helps with balance and stability. Balance is a key component in daily activities, and aerial yoga helps maintain a good balance both inside and out.
Improves blood circulation: Aerial yoga improves the circulation of blood, thus combating aging and its symptoms. It also helps detoxify the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lowers the onset of various cardiovascular issues.
But just like in any other exercise, do not forget to consult your doctor prior to joining aerial yoga. This exercise is not recommended for pregnant women and people with nasal blockage or cardio problems.
For those who haven’t done this exercise before, there is a beginners level, which will condition your body and mind for hanging around on a silk cloth. Make sure you get a trained instructor.
For those who have always admired the Cirque du Soleil performers rolling themselves up and dropping down the long fabric, and wanted to try it, aerial yoga could open the gates.