Aerial Yoga uses the circus hammock to help students hold their bodies in the shape of traditional Yoga postures, the weight of the body being either partially or fully supported by the hammock. Many Aerial Yoga postures are designed to help the student better understand the purpose of traditional Yoga postures. Some Aerial Yoga postures are designed to help students achieve advanced traditional Yoga postures. Advanced Yoga postures can take years to learn, and even more time to understand and reap their benefits. The practice of Aerial Yoga is meant to help speed up that process in a safe manner. In an Aerial Yoga class, students use both the hammock and the floor to immediately feel the improvement in their flexibility, strength and alignment, and to understand how to use the skills and benefits achieved through using the hammock while attending non-aerial Yoga classes and other physical activities.
The Aerial Yoga technique achieves more than a simple stretch. Our physical posture changes over time to increase our flexibility, develop strength and forge deep, full breathing. Deep breathing reinforces a calm and serene attitude, which in turn increases our mental flexibility as well – the purpose of practicing Yoga. In an Aerial Yoga class, we identify areas where tension (and stress) is chronically held, and use the hammock to help us release those areas. The result is relaxation of our nervous system. Aerial Yoga is uniquely developed for beginners through all levels of experience. No previous aerial, acrobatic, or any Yoga experience is necessary.
Aerial Yoga is for:
- Students who are new to Yoga, so as to establish good alignment from day one
- Experienced Yoga students who would like to explore deeper stretches and more complete backbends
- Experienced Yoga students who want to safely learn how to practice inversions in the middle of the room
- Those needing to heal from minor injuries before returning to their regular, traditional Yoga practices
- Long-time Yoga students who are ready to understand the energy of their body and its integration with the Asanas (Yoga postures) and Yoga practice