You don’t need to be an acrobat to love aerial or anti-gravity yoga workouts. In Balance, Yoga offers classes in aerial yoga that will take your workouts to the next level of yoga practice. Aerial yoga is no gimmick. It is a graceful and exciting way to lose weight, ramp up your measure of fitness (VO2max), and take you from a moderate-intensity fitness to an exercise session that is vigorous and exhilarating.
Aerial yoga started gaining popularity several years ago in Las Angeles and New York and attracted yogis and yoga enthusiasts. Now aerial yoga has come to In Balance Yoga of Orem. The premise is really quite simple: you arrange yourself into a sling-like hammock, suspended from the ceiling. The hammock supports your body weight. You move the fabric of the hammock, so you can do poses like headstands or use it as a suspension trainer to support your feet for push-ups or your palms for dips.
Aerial yoga classes are more athletic than on-ground workouts and incorporate the elements of Pilates, conditioning, ballet, and HIIT. HIIT is High-intensity interval training or high-intensity intermittent exercise. HIIT is a cardiovascular workout that alternates short periods of powerful anaerobic exercise with recovery periods. You can swing and rest when you need it and then go back to the complicated poses you are trying to master.
What is Unique about Aerial Yoga?
Sign up at In Balance Yoga to try aerial yoga. Keep in mind these benefits:
- Aerial yoga is one of the best ab workouts you can do. You take your exercise off the ground and begin to engage your core immediately to keep your balance and manage your training.
- Being an acrobat for an hour or so is fun. You do gymnastic tricks you would not usually do, and you have assistance from a silk hammock. What is the upside to aerial yoga? It’s fun once you get the hang of it. If you are having fun and enjoying your workout, studies prove that you will stick to your exercise routine.
- The silk hammock wraps around your body and supports you as you work on challenging poses. You can experience inversions, hand or forearm stands, and actually feel yourself transforming.
- Findings from personal trainers and yoga masters have shown that aerial yoga provides strength-building benefits. You will see definition in your shoulders and arms as you work through your yoga poses in the air. This form of yoga is cardio-intensive and helps you burn calories. Research has found that the calorie burn, an average of 320 calories in one aerial yoga session, is comparable to power walking.
- Aerial yoga is zero-impact. If you have knee problems, try these no-impact workouts. Aerial yoga classes at In Balance Yoga are easy on your joints.
Mind and body exercise reduce stress. Aerial yoga is another way to find meditation and Zen. After your workout, you can just lay in your hammock and gently swing. Close your eyes, feel your breath, and let the cares of the world float away.