My top 3 tips for trying Aerial Yoga
When I tried Aerial Yoga for the first time years ago, I must say that after my first class I was not sure that I want to go back anymore…But I could not stay away:)
Here is what I’ve learned for a lifetime after my first Aerial Yoga class :
- Don’t eat a meal 2 hours before the class.
- During class, the fabric/ hammock/ pressing can be pretty uncomfortable at times….for me for a couple of classes:)
- Do not use hand lotion before class…don’t’ ask:)
- You should wear a shirt with sleeves to protect the skin around your armpits
- You can laugh a lot…about how you get wrapped up in the hammock and try to get out from it:)
- You learn to develop body skills that you may not be able to do in regular yoga…or movement you didn’t think you can perform:)
Take a look at the different benefits of learning and practicing aerial yoga:
1. It is a Total Body Workout
Aerial yoga can be considered a total body workout. You are going to work all of your arm, leg, buttocks, and ab muscles, truly helping to become stronger and more confident.
2. You Will be in a Great Mood
All forms of exercise are good for your energy and mood, but aerial yoga can take you that one step further. Whether you have a lot of emotional stress or you struggle with depression, this can help tremendously. After class, you might be a little sore, but it gives you an excellent amount of energy for the rest of the day.
It will get to a point where you look forward to your next aerial yoga class, and it becomes almost addicting because of the mood-lifting power this exercise has. I guarantee you this and also you will want to buy an aerial hammock for your home:)
3. It Makes You more Flexible
Balance and flexibility are key components of yoga, as well as doing aerial yoga. Even though you are suspended in the air for most of the yoga moves, and you’re only about 3 inches off the ground, you still need a good amount of balance to pull these moves off.
You are working against gravity and improving your strength at the same time. Due to all the various moves, you will do, it also provides an excellent boost to your flexibility.
Why You Should Get Professional Instruction
If you have been considering trying out aerial yoga, it is highly recommended that you get professional instruction first. Even if you have a place in your home where you can hang aerial silks and use them that way, there are a lot of techniques that need to be learned first.
- Aerial Takes Certain Skills
First of all, you may eventually learn enough proper techniques and form to do aerial on your own, but continued training is essential for this type of sport. Even if you do feel that you have a grasp of the basics, professional classes will ensure you maintain the right form and also that you keep learning more advanced moves. Aerial teachers work with all types of students, including beginner and advanced ones.
- You Need the Right Equipment
It also requires some special equipment, which is part of the extra cost you pay when you go to an aerial class instead of trying to set it up at home. The aerial silks need to be right type and support your weight, while also being secured above you.
Workouts That Help You Train For Aerial
As you will soon discover, aerial yoga is a challenging workout. There are certain types of training and body conditioning you will need to do between classes so that you are strong enough.
You need to have excellent flexibility for aerial yoga, just like with standard yoga on the ground, so you should have a good amount of stretching done beforehand. Not only should you stretch before and after each workout, but on the days in between your aerial yoga workouts as well. This improves your range of the different poses and stretches out your ligaments to avoid pain or injury.
The next type of workout that can help you train for aerial yoga is strength workouts.
This helps to build up the proper momentum for aerial yoga, as mentioned more than once in this report. This includes weight lifting and cardio combined with using weights, such as with kettlebells or even weighted cardio workouts. Try to do strength training 2-3 times a week at least to build up your muscle capacity.
3. Cross Training
Cross training is going to provide more cardio while continuing to work on your strength and flexibility in the process.
Since aerial yoga is an intense workout, especially for beginners, your cross training is important. You can try Pilates, Yoga, Jogging or Dance.
Once you start enjoying aerial yoga then, everything will begin to make sense because in the start you will feel very awkward in bending your body and twisting your back but once you start getting the advantage and relaxation then, it will get better…for your body and mind and also improve your body skills, endurance and flexibility.
Relax and enjoy the flight.:)
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