Aerial yoga is an exercise class that has been becoming more and more popular lately. There are pictures of yogis hanging upside down or in other intimidating poses, so people are often too scared to try it themselves! I started going to classes recently, and once I did my first flip without help from the instructor, I fell in love with it.
The hammock made of soft fabric is suspended from the ceiling and is never more than a few feet off of the ground. In class, you’ll be led into various yogic postures with your body weight partially or fully supported. Aerial yoga helps expand flexibility, increase range of motion, build strength, lengthen the spine, and relax the nervous system.
Even within aerial yoga, there are many various styles. Classes can focus on relaxation, fitness, circus arts, or dance. I can get bored while I do regular yoga, so this untraditional exercise is great to do a few times per week. Mostly, the biggest challenge is actually trusting the hammock to catch you.
There are studios all over, so I would definitely recommend signing up for a class near you. You probably will fall at some point, but I promise it doesn’t hurt!
Update: I did my first aerial dance class two days ago and my biceps have never been this sore.