Do you want to find your child’s soul by practicing yoga? Then Aerial Yoga is definitely for you. This playful and creative style of yoga is practiced using a hammock… In addition to being beautiful to look at, it is open to all and relaxing to practice! Want to know more before you start? In this article, I share with you everything you need to know about Aerial Yoga or Fly Yoga .
Aerial Yoga: what is it?
This type of yoga, also called “anti-gravity yoga” is relatively recent since it was created in the 2000s. It was born from the meeting between yoga and the circus arts. Inspired by traditional forms of yoga, it combines classic yoga, Pilates and ballet postures, while performing them in the air. Indeed, in the lessons, each student follows the postures while being suspended from a hammock. This accessory is of course suitable for practice and able to support you.
A little history of aerial yoga
Originally, Aerial Yoga comes from the United States, New York. Christopher Harrison worked in the entertainment and circus world for years, before becoming particularly interested in the benefits of muscular work in the air. Thus, he developed the concept of AntiGravity® Fitness. We work the body in depth using a suspended hammock. Thus, the postures are made in balance, without compression of the vertebrae. This allows to work the body with intensity while limiting the negative effects and facilitating the movements. In addition, Christopher Harrison quickly finds that working in the air also lightens the mind.
Then, aerial yoga was really developed inp France by Florie Ravinet in 2008. After years of traveling to discover yoga and several teacher trainings, she became interested in the principle of yoga in the air and founded Fly Yoga. Florie Ravinet develops her approach with a team of physiotherapists, osteopaths and psychomotor therapists. The goal is to allow you to relax deeply during the session and to completely untie the spine within the postures.
Who can practice Aerial Yoga?
Are you afraid of the concept of aerial yoga? However, you don’t have to worry: this type of yoga is open to everyone. I promise! If you don’t have to be a trapeze artist to test a session. On the contrary! The postures are suitable for all levels. So, you can easily perform them from your first session even if you have never done yoga. Indeed the hammock in which you will be installed will help you to have a better amplitude to work the postures. It allows to succeed in otherwise inaccessible positions because it lightens the weight of the body. It also offers more freedom from the ground which limits us in certain postures.
Of course, you should always keep your own limits in mind when you are new to aerial yoga. Your level may change over the course of the sessions and you will enjoy performing certain more acrobatic postures over time!
Aerial yoga classes are available for children (from 3 years old) as well as for adults. Parent and child lessons are also possible to enjoy a good time of fun and relaxation with the family. The practice of aerial yoga is limited for people with cervical pathologies, for pregnant women and for people over 120kg.
Finally, aerial yoga is a very playful type of yoga that will therefore also appeal to people who want to have fun and to younger people.
What are the principles of Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is practiced in a hammock attached to the ceiling. It is located approximately one meter from the ground. This accessory makes it possible to welcome a student in complete safety.
The fabric of the hammock is stretchable, enveloping, antiperspirant and non-slip to facilitate postures. It is often made from silk which makes the fabric very pleasant to the touch. However, it is advisable to wear a relatively long outfit so that the fabric does not hurt you during the session.
The aerial yoga hammock acts as a kind of soothing cocoon and thus promotes relaxation. This is one of its main assets: it feels particularly good there. Indeed, by adapting perfectly to the morphology, this hammock refers to the position of the baby in his mother’s womb. So, unconsciously, we instantly feel a sense of security and relaxation as we slip inside.
What are the benefits of this type of yoga?
Aerial yoga is very useful for people who spend a lot of time sitting. It is increasingly recommended by the medical community for back problems. Indeed, it allows the total decompression of the column and the joints in certain positions (in particular the head upside down). This is therefore very beneficial for the body.
In addition, aerial yoga allows you to let go and work on your emotions. When you step into your hammock, it instantly triggers a smile, a laugh, and a connection with the other participants. So this is the promise of having a good time and forgetting your concerns. Each successful posture in the air also boosts your self-confidence.
On the other hand, aerial yoga gives you an intense feeling of freedom when working above the ground. This, while keeping you safe because your teacher is always present to observe you. In addition, you are not located too high. There is therefore very little danger.
Among the advantages of this type of yoga, it should be noted that it makes you work on balance in particular. Over the course of the postures, you will therefore be able to develop your face skills more easily than on the ground.
Finally, Fly Yoga also works on muscle strengthening because you are suspended in a vacuum during certain moments of the session. For example, when you try to pull yourself upwards, you will be working the abdominal strap deeply. However, it remains a gentle yoga, which is not intended only for the more athletic.
How does an aerial yoga session take place?
In order to participate in an aerial yoga session you will need to bring your mat as many postures are practiced on the ground.
To start, we usually start with a moment in the hammock to relax, reconnect with ourselves. Then we practice some breathing exercises. The heart of the session usually begins with postures on the floor. These are carried out using the hammock which is then used as a yoga strap. The support of the hammock allows working the postures with more ease and depth. Over the course of the session, we can perform a few more acrobatic and graceful postures , to finish with a fully suspended posture, head down , in order to completely relax the spine. Finally, the final relaxation is done on the ground or in the hammock depending on the sessions. Aerial yoga classes generally last 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.