Have you experienced the ‘Aerial Yoga Hammock’?

This soft aerial apparatus is designed to adapt to the body’s shape, mimicking the movement of fascia and skin to allow for the experience of freedom in motion. Uniquely different from any normal gravity experience, you can fly, float and be supported in suspension.

What is ‘Aerial Yoga Therapeutics’?

Aerial Yoga Therapeutics utilises the aerial hammock apparatus to facilitate therapeutic movement that aligns with progressive exercise-based rehabilitation and trauma-informed practice. The aerial hammock is a sensory medium that enhances neural integration and offers the restorative benefits of zero-compression inversions, incorporating joint and viscera decompression while developing 3-dimensional spatial awareness.



*Supports injury rehabilitation

*Supports mental health recovery

*Alleviates visceral and joint compression

*Applies Gravity-assisted mobility and Gravity-resisted strengthening techniques

*Allows controlled spinal traction and suspension

*Conditions muscles of respiration

*Trains principles of elongation and grace

*Aids parasympathetic functioning and sleep

*Enhances sensory integration and movement re-education

*Develops mind-body awareness

*Facilitates freedom in 3-dimensional movement

Professional Education in Aerial Yoga Therapeutics

Designed for professionals in the physical health and mental health fields, and for qualified movement instructors, seeking to harness the therapeutic power of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics into their professional scope of practice.

Learn how to use the aerial hammock to induce the relaxation response by releasing respiratory constriction and providing somatic experiences of being supported, rocked and ‘cradled’ that rebuild a sense of trust in one’s body, relationship and environment. Join other innovative health professionals who are integrating this system within clinical exercise based physiotherapy, rehabilitation practices and mental health settings to address a range of conditions and enhance recovery, empowerment and well-being.

This path is for you if you are..

A group movement instructor

wanting to diversify your tool kit to offer therapeutic, transformational services to your clients one-on-one and be able to deliver group classes that are focused on wellness and longevity.

A mental health professional

seeking to support your clients to integrate mind with body and creative process to heal and grow from psychological wounds and restrictive beliefs.

A physical health professional

with a desire to work beyond physical mechanics to resolve your clients’ pain with the ability to integrate mindful attention and emotional regulation through new experiences of free movement.

Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Theory Online Course – 50 hrs

Coming in 2021 

This instructor-led course offers a hybrid of self-study combined with live streamed contact to inspire and support group learning. Renae will work with the group to share her expertise and assist in cultivating competency and confidence in the theory of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics.

Delivered in a 2-part learning series, this course is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic attributes of the aerial hammock and how these are applied to best support mental and physical recovery and resilience.


This course will help you:

  • Understand the therapeutic attributes of the aerial hammock apparatus and the appropriate application for specific populations

  • Examine the various types of pain and trauma

  • Identify the stages and phases of trauma recovery, rehabilitation andtherapeutic movement

  • Review the principals of yoga therapy in relation to aerial yoga

  • Communicate biomechanical cues in effective ways that enhance freedom

  • and quality of movement

  • Review case study examples

  • Conduct client history reports and measure pain/disability levels using appropriate scales

  • Assess, progress or regress client programs to optimise positive outcomes

  • Work within professional scope and health care ethics 


Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Full Postgraduate Program – 150hrs

The full postgraduate program is inclusive of the Postgraduate Theory Online course with the addition of a practical intensive. This course aims to consolidate personal embodiment of the technique and develop facilitation skills in over 50 therapeutic aerial hammock exercises.


Online and Live Practical course

Coming in 2021

Develop facilitation skills in these key areas:


  • Technical refinement

  • Providing trauma-informed, safe and progressive group classes

  • Working individually with clients to support specific mental or physicalhealth goals

  • Use pre-hammock exercises to assist the development of proprioception and body awareness

  • Use Modifications of aerial hammock exercises for individual needs

  • Apply methods of supporting mindfulness and flow-state experiences

  • Use observational assessment skills to analyse posture and breath

  • Use creative arts based sensory-motor activities for self-enquiry, self-reflection and self-care

Renae Stevens

Renae Stevens

About Course Presenter

Renae holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and is a registered Art Therapist experienced in trauma recovery. Renae is recognised by Yoga Australia as a Senior Yoga Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Her foundational years of study involved completing a full-time 3 year training specialised in Yoga Therapy at the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Circus Arts training in Beijing and Physiotherapy foundation studies in anatomy and physiology at the University of Queensland. Renae was involved in brining the aerial hammock fitness genre to Australia and NZ in 2010. For the last 10 years, Renae was the principal educator for AntiGravity Fitness (NYC) in these regions and has trained hundreds of instructors and health professionals in how to safely master the aerial hammock.


Who Is This Training For?

Physical health, mental health and occupational health professionals,
qualified movement instructors (for example intructors of fitness/ aerial yoga/ yoga/ pilates)

Do I need a prerequisite qualifications or experience to attend this training?

Prior experience with the aerial hammock apparatus is not required

What will I learn in the online theory modules?
  • Perform safe set up and adjustments of the Aerial Hammock
  • Describe in detail the 5 key therapeutic attributes of the Aerial Hammock
  • 3 applications of sensory meditation
  • Reference the 7 progressive levels of traction and inversion
  • Review principals of yoga therapy
  • Review the neurobiology of Trauma and Pain
  • Review the influences on Brain development
  • Review best practices for brain training
  • Identify the 3 Phases of Rehabilitation and the 4 stages of therapeutic movement application
  • Classify the 3 stages of Trauma Recovery
  • Reference guidelines for trauma-informed practice
  • Conduct client history report and measure Pain and disability levels using appropriate scales
  • Apply biomechanical cuing for enhanced movement quality and efficiency
  • Review repertoire of therapeutic aerial hammock applications with option for video led self-practice at home
  • Review case study examples
  • Distinguish program design elements and organisation
  • Choose appropriate program design for supporting special populations including children with special needs, back-care and those on the cancer journey.
  • Discuss learning objectives in fortnightly live streamed meet up sessions with lead facilitator and other participants
What will I gain from the 10 Day intensive practical module?
  • Practice facilitation skills of pre-hammock floor and proprioceptive applications
  • Practice facilitation skills of therapeutic aerial hammock applications
  • Modify application of Aerial Hammock exercises for individual needs
  • Apply methods of mindfulness and flow-state
  • Use observational assessment skills to analyse posture and breath
  • Integrate personal embodiment experience of the Aerial Hammock applications
  • Relate personal experience of creative arts based sensory-motor activities to the development of body awareness, self-enquiry and self-care practice
Who will benefit most from attending the course?
Physical health professionals, exercise physiologists and movement instructors seeking to understand and facilitate the therapeutic qualities of the aerial hammock apparatus and learn trauma-sensitive approaches.

Mental health professionals and occupational therapists interested in integrating a somatic modality into their practice assisting sensory information processing and developing self-regulation within a trauma recovery context will also benefit from this course.

What sort of work will I be able to do after completing the 50hr Online Theory course?

This course is designed to give you the theoretical grounding of applying Aerial Yoga Therapeutics within a trauma-informed framework for supporting mental and physical recovery. What you learn in this course will be applicable to other modalities you may work with, however in order to receive the postgraduate certification to facilitate AYT one must also complete the Live 10-day practical course.

What sort of work will I be able to do after completing the 150hr Postgraduate course?

The 150hr postgraduate course will equip you with a complete toolbox for safely implementing the aerial hammock modality, within the scope of your existing expertise and qualifications in the physical or mental health fields.

How will this training benefit my studio or clinic?
After completion of the full PostGraduate Program, practitioners will be able to offer Therapeutic sessions using the aerial hammock within one’s professional scope. Therapeutic sessions can be delivered in individual, duo or trio format as a complimentary service to incorporate with other modalities in your clinic/studio. This offers commercially viability in several ways, firstly it gives a point of difference by offering clients access to a unique healing modality that can support them during periods of rehabilitation and assist in injury prevention. Secondly, it enhances the personalized feel clients receive which can increase the return and loyalty.  Thirdly, it utilises ‘dead time’ as these sessions can service a population willing to make time for sessions outside of peak time scheduling.
How will this course complement existing Aerial instructor qualifications?
  • This education will complement other Aerial fitness certifications by providing the aerial instructor with skills in applying the therapeutic aspects of the aerial hammock. This will allow the aerial instructor to work beyond ‘fitness’, apply a trauma-informed framework and wisely structure the delivery of aerial hammock exercise to support their clients requiring a restorative, recovery focused approach. 

    Instructors will also be able to provide a higher quality of care through gaining a deeper understanding of the treatment and presentation of common pathologies and knowledge of when and how to refer clients on for specialised care. This training will open opportunities to work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary clinical teams through developing an understanding of familiar clinical terminology in which to communicate with other health professionals.

How will the Course complement existing remedial or yoga qualifications?
This training fulfils the Yoga Australia guidelines for 150hr PostGraduate training which allows certified yoga instructors to apply through Yoga Australia for recognition of continued education to attain a higher level of instructor certification. The theoretical knowledge gained in this training is transferable between disciplines and will assist in deepening understanding of all mindful movement-based therapies.

Instructors will be able to introduce clients to aerial therapeutic applications that compliment other modalities by incorporating the benefits of joint and visceral decompression, promotion of circulatory health and development of mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety using sensory meditations to support all stages and phases of a client’s progression toward health and well-being.

What evidence is there to support the need for this training?
The aerial hammock apparatus first gained popularity in America as a fitness modality over 25 years ago and has since expanded around the globe becoming one of the top 10 exercise trends in many countries. Over the last decade in Australia and New Zealand, the aerial hammock apparatus has been successfully integrated into innovative physiotherapy practice as an adjunct to manipulative and clinical exercise therapies specifically effective with reducing symptoms of Lumbo-pelvic pain. It has also been widely used in professional sports and dance training programs where the therapeutic benefits of decompression, traction and movement re-education have been harnessed for both restoration and cross-training conditioning.

From a mental health perspective, the aerial hammock apparatus has also been successfully implemented as a somatic intervention in alleviating mental health related symptoms of chronic pain, PTSD and trauma and assisting in sensory information processing and developmental disorders.

As the Antigravity® Master instructor for Australia and NZ, Renae has personally trained over 1000 aerial instructors in this region, many of whom have interest in the therapeutic benefits of the modality and with professional backgrounds in Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Chiropractic Therapy, General Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. These professionals have consistently requested specialised trainings to help bridge the void between fitness genres of the aerial modality and the physical rehabilitation and trauma recovery applications.

Renae has also gathered other evidence in support of the need for Aerial Therapeutics in 2012 when she completed a Masters of mental health research project at the University of QLD investigating the modality’s effectiveness in improving the well-being of youth with PTSD symptoms; in 2015 when Renae held an international conference for aerial instructors working in health related environments to share knowledge and most recently in 2018 she spent a 3 month period exploring the rehabilitative applications of this modality within a physiotherapy practice at Performance Pilates and Physiotherapy clinic in Perth. This course has been developed with the aim to fill the existing gap in trainings for the therapeutic applications of the aerial hammock modality.

Contact Renae for Further Enquiries

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