Ready to defy gravity? Aerial yoga is a wonderful way to inspire and enhance your regular practice — plus, it’s pretty darn fun to play acrobat for an hour.
“Aerial yoga reminds me of playing on the monkey bars or tumbling in gymnastics,” said Samantha Orlando, Haven aerial yoga instructor. “It is in essence meant to be a fun activity that makes you feel light, challenged, happy and renewed.”
We could all use a little joy right now, which is why Haven on the Lake is excited to offer two upcoming aerial yoga workshops (Level 1 and Level 2) on Saturday, December 12. To register, call 410-715-3020. Participants will leave clear-headed, energized and seriously blissed out…thank you, floating savasana!
What Makes Aerial Yoga Special?
There’s so much more to aerial yoga than Instagram-worthy poses (though those are certainly a nice side bonus).
Also referred to as anti-gravity yoga, aerial yoga essentially lifts traditional postures off the ground. As you might imagine, this temporary relief from gravity is great for your joints. The aerial hammocks support your body and empowers you to take on more challenging poses without strain, force or effort. This helps you achieve proper alignment, deeper stretches and more release in the joints and muscle fibers.
Side note: The word “support” is no exaggeration. The silks are able to hold up to 1,000 pounds, so we promise you’re not going anywhere! At Haven, we’re big believers that the benefits of yoga always translate off the mat — er, silks — as well. Cultivating the ability to let go, surrender and trust yourself in aerial yoga makes it that much easier to do so in your daily life.
Plus, playing around in the silks is equally beneficial for your stress levels. Hanging upside down also improves your circulation and combats brain fog by boosting the brain’s oxygen levels.
Besides helping to keep your regular mat practice fresh and exciting, it’s also a great total body tone-up that’s incredible for activating your core.
“Beyond breaking barriers in the brain, it targets smaller muscles in the body as well as the core muscles, which allow you to have a stronger foundation on the mat,” said Haven aerial yoga instructor Katie Ficca. “It also builds the upper body, which makes for smoother transitions through your practice.”
Pro tip? It’s best to wear pants and sleeves, since the pressure of the silk can be intense against the skin. You’ll also want to remove jewelry and anything that could snag the silk.
See you in the silks!