In addition to my Aerial Yoga Flow classes at Yogasite in Breda on Sunday nights at 19.30, next Wednesday, November 11, I will be teaching Aerial Yoga Flow at 20.15 at Dansschool Step by Step in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Do you live near Eindhoven and are you curious about trying aerial yoga? Here is your chance to try it out on Wednesday nights!
What is aerial yoga?
Aerial Yoga is a form of yoga that is practiced with the support of a soft, aerial fabric that allows you to explore, refine, and advance traditional asana, both in the air and on the ground. With the help of the fabric, your body can create more space by lengthening, opening, and feeling the yoga postures in a deeper manner. Aerial yoga helps lengthen and decompress the spine and neck and helps open the hips and shoulders. Practicing aerial yoga also increase core stability, builds core muscle strength, and increases grip strength. This form of yoga helps all other forms of yoga and sports that you may practice by building strength and increasing flexibility.
Who can practice aerial yoga?
Most people can practice aerial yoga. If you are easily nauseated by motion, you may need a few classes to get adjusted to inversions and the free motion of the fabric.
Aerial Yoga is not recommended for the following health problems:
High or unstable blood pressure
Recent back surgery
Anyone who has had a hip or knee replacement
Glaucoma or higher pressures in the eye
Heart and vascular disease
If you are not sure whether or not you can practice aerial yoga, ask your doctor. People who are hyperflexible or hypermobile should practice with caution.
What are some tips for your first class?
-Wear leggings or long sport pants and a shirt with sleeves. While practicing, you will experience pressure points where the fabric comes in contact with your body. While these areas may be sensitive for some practitioners, this is also good. In these areas the fabric comes in contact with lymph nodes, nerve plexuses, and reflexology points and this helps flush toxins out of the body and triggers specific points to help release tension and emotions that may be stuck in the body.
-Relax, breathe, and go with the flow. Try not to take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.
-When you are inverted, remember what you see in front of you is the front, what is behind you is the back.
-If at any point you become nauseated or feel dizzy, stop and take a break and come into a child's pose.
-After class, make sure that you stay hydrated- drink plenty of water.
-Practice within your own boundries. Do not force your body into postures that may be too advanced for your current practice. If you feel pain, take a step back. Remember that you are not a loser if your practice is not the same as someone else's. Yoga is combination of postures, breathing, meditation, and self-reflection. Your practice is for you.
-The most important tip: HAVE FUN!!!!!!!! : ) : )
Here is a Yoga Journal Article about aerial yoga. : )
Information about the aerial yoga lessons by Step by Step: