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Aerial yoga combines yoga with the support of a hammock suspended from the ceiling. The hammock supports your weight so your movements feel free and light!

Aerial yoga practice helps you to improve joint range of motion through gentle decompression and traction techniques. It also allows access to supported inverted postures, which are effective in aiding respiratory function and can assist in alleviating mental tension.

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Everything you need to know about Aerial Yoga

What is an Aerial Hammock?

Aerial Yoga, Aerial Fitness and Aerial Pilates utilise a silk aerial hammock suspended from two symmetrical points on the ceiling at hip height. The hammock is made of a structural nylon aerial fabric that is rated to hold up to 500kg. The aerial hammock is designed to adapt to the shape of the body and support body weight so movements feel free and light! The Aerial hammock helps you to improve joint range of motion through gentle traction techniques. It also allows access to supported inverted postures, which are effective in visceral decompression, improving digestive and reproductive function, and is also effective in conditioning respiratory function. Many people experience a wonderful after effect of mental decompression with this practice and it has been used to assist improving mental health and aid trauma recovery.

What to expect in an adult aerial course?

Taking a 4-week course allows you to move progressively in a structured approach to developing mastery of the aerial technique.  The hammock is adaptable to a fusion of genres that may include elements of yoga, Pilates, or strength conditioning and fitness, depending on the outcome goal of the course. The instructor guides students through postures with visual and verbal demonstrations and leads the group in a harmonised ensemble experience. Each session is concluded with traditional yoga relaxation on the floor or ‘cocooning’ in the hammock where one may enjoy being gently rocked.

What is a Small Group Therapeutic Session?

Students who enjoy personalised attention benefit from attending small group therapeutic sessions that are limited to a maximum of 4 people. These sessions may combine forms of therapeutic movement including pilates, yoga therapy and aerial therapeutic approaches. This service is also available by appointment for children, sibling groups, and families. Appropriate for Self-managed NDIS support.

What is a One-on-One Therapeutic Session?

Students who require individualised care for physical rehabilitation or mental health recovery benefit from attending one-on-one tailored therapeutic sessions. These session may combine forms of therapeutic movement including pilates, yoga therapy, aerial therapeutic and creative arts therapy approaches. This service is also available by appointment for children, sibling groups, and families. Appropriate for Self-managed NDIS support.

What happens in an aerial kids class?

Children are introduced to healthful movement through aerial play and interactive games that invite a child to build trusting relationships, self-esteem and empowerment. Creative Arts Therapy modalities involving sound and art making are combined in this session to enhance a childs capacity for self-expression and creativity. At the end of each session, Children are guided in sensory meditations that assist with developing emotional regulation and relaxation. These classes are grouped in developmentally appropriate age ranges.

How does Aerial Yoga Compare to traditional Yoga?

Aerial yoga is complementary to traditional yoga allowing the student to experience gravity and antigravity environments. However Aerial applications are much kinder on the joints and can be a much more accessible form of movement for those who find sitting on the floor very challenging. Many students who practice aerial yoga reap the benefits of enhanced alignment, control and balance and discover great improvements in their floor-based abilities in traditional yoga and other sporting activities.

Why do I have to book ahead?

As our services use the aerial apparatus or are limited to small group sizes you must book ahead to secure your place. Cancelations require a 6hr timeframe.

What to wear?

In Aerial Yoga we encourage protecting your skin with full length leggings of a cotton or cotton blend fabric (as it is non-slippery) and close fitting, sleeved shirts (remember loose tops will fall down when you invert!).  We also encourage grip socks as this aids safety. PLEASE wear clothing with NO ZIPPERS OR SEQUINS, AND REMOVE JEWELRY, MAKE UP OR FAKE TAN prior to class as these will damage the hammocks.

What to Bring?

Bring a towel and water bottle. Yoga mats are optional; however they are recommended for added comfort in floor positions.

What are the Benefits?

  • Utilises gravity to assist with elongating tight muscles
  • Relieves joint pressure and spinal compression
  • Releases mental tension and stress
  • Promotes parasympathetic function improving healing and immune function
  • Increases balance and proprioception (bodily awareness)
  • Enhances integration of core strength
  • Improves breathing
  • Releases endorphins that help you feel happier!
  • Improves motivation to exercise as it is incredibly fun!
  • Is adaptable to all ages and stages of life!

There are myriad benefits of aerial hammock exercise! This unique practice can be an incredible way to reach optimal health when more mainstream fitness options are ineffective or compound existing joint compression or chronic pain conditions. However, it can also be adapted to elite and gymnastic movement experiences for athletic cross training and working with children.

 

 

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