Increase body momentum with aerial yoga

By TNT Bureau

Dec 7, 2015: Aerial yoga which is primarily a combination of anti-gravity asana and acrobatic arts provides body momentum, resulting in safe alignment in varied yoga postures.

Alternatively known as flying yoga, this yogic form is loaded with a huge array of physical benefits that include pain relief, spinal decompression and ease in inversions.

Aerial yoga has existed for more than a decade. It started off with the practitioners combining aerial acrobatics with traditional yoga. Today, there are a number of schools that appear at yoga festivals and on studio schedules. In fact, this yoga now has an in-gym practice which is popularly known as anti-gravity aerial yoga.

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Even though such brands may differ but more or less, they all make use of a suspension system with therapeutic properties. Aerial yoga hammock is usually suspended from the ceiling in such a manner so as to support your weight, create enough spaces in the joints, help you find mobility, ease pressure and decrease compression in the spine.

Hanging up in such a position may be risky; however you have the option to invert in the hammock without exerting pressure on the spines or head.  The founder of Unnata aerial yoga Michelle Dortignac said, ??Research on suspension training indicates that you have to use your core muscles more when you?re suspended than when you?re on the ground to keep yourself stable. And then there?s the arm strength you gain by hoisting yourself into and around the silk. Because students have to pull down on the hammock to lift themselves up, they build a kind of core and upper-arm strength that they don?t build in traditional yoga, where most arm movements are about pushing, not pulling.?

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Aerial yoga is excellent in providing alignment adjustments in the most natural manner. For instance, if were to practice a suspended variation of Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) or Uttanasana (standing forward bend), with the help of the hammock at the hip pleat, the position of the sling aids in gliding the heads of the thighbones back.

Dortginac is of the opinion that such skills are extremely beneficial for beginners. When someone new drapes over the hammock in down dog position, gravity helps him/her a lot.  This is because the hammock helps to lengthen and create internal space.

An aerial practice is real fun and reflects innovation at its best. Hence, we do ananda (extreme bliss or happiness) in an inverted position with the aid of laughing breaths. In this way, aerial yoga has come about as a miraculous chance to dream and try out something that is different and at the same time, extremely beneficial for both body and mind.

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