Cardio, Strength, Balance & Core Training…
You know a good health and fitness regime will incorporate all of these elements, and well – the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Aerial Fitness System is perfect for all of these applications!!
It adds more dimension to your training, perfect alongside your yoga practice.
Not only this, it is used for Inversion Therapy and also utilized in physical therapy/rehabilitation settings.
Today we’ll explore some of the ways you can use your yoga swing.
Its an extremely versatile piece of fitness equipment and you’ll fall in love.
Let’s start with the obvious one.. Using the sling as a yoga prop.
The aerial yoga swing will take your regular yoga practice to a new level!
The unique design allows you to move into a range of yoga positions both in the horizontal and vertical planes.
You can do all styles, including yin/restorative yoga, yang/power flow, and is particularly suited to Iyengar.
As with all yoga practice, the muscles of the body, skeletal structure, brain function and internal organs will benefit from the use of a Yoga Swing.
Gravotonics Yoga Trapeze will assist in the correct alignment of asanas.
As well as enabling you to move more deeply into each posture.
With the support of the swing, you can hold postures for longer without strain, while developing stamina and relieving discomfort.
Further, while suspended it helps you with balance and stimulates proprioception of the nervous system.
It also helps to strengthen and tone your muscles beyond floor based yoga, particularly through the shoulders.
Most importantly, the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Aerial Fitness System is FUN!!!
Resistance Training / Functional Training
We already know that flexibility and balance are vital.
However, to function optimally, strength is a key aspect of an effective and well developed body.
In order for strength training to be most effective, it is beneficial to incorporate functional training.
Functional training utilizes exercises that focus on your primary movement patterns like pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, rotating and carrying etc.
Which essentially means moving through full ranges of motion with weight or resistance applied.
Functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability and mobility you need to thrive in your life.
This kind of strength, much like that developed by a young gymnast, crosses over to all activities allowing you to achieve you life goals more easily.
TRX Suspension Training is well known for this type of exercise, because suspension training destabilizes your body.
This forces your core and joint stabilizers to work hard, improving your balance and stability over time.
Fortunately, the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Aerial Fitness System is perfect for suspension training!
With good coordination on the swing, you can develop a body that is strong, lithe and well developed.
You can supplement your strength training workouts with your yoga swing at home.
Regardless of your fitness goals, abilities or limitations – functional training should be a part of your exercise routine.
As the swing is free moving, while using it you challenge and strengthen your core muscles such as the back and abs to achieve a deeper state of body integrity.
When the back/spine is healthy there is a better flow of energy and you feel stronger.
By strengthening the lower abdominal muscles the entire bodily structure becomes incredibly strong and unified.
Well Rounded Cardio Workouts
With the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Aerial Fitness System you can tailor a challenging cardio training regime which is fun.
A cardio workout is any activity that moves your body and elevates your heart rate.
It is important to incorporate cardio into our workout routines for your cardiovascular health.
These workouts will increase heart rate and build your endurance especially because the swing requires you to use more muscles than in a workout on the floor. You can’t cheat 🙂
The free movements in the air and the feeling of flying adds a new dimension to the workout – which people can’t get enough of!
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Aside from all the above mentioned as part of a rehabilitation program, i.e. stretching and strengthening injured parts of the body etc…
It can be used as an actual tool to assist the practitioner while treating clients.
Rehab Specialists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Myotherapists/Remedial Massage therapists would all benefit their clients by incorporating the swing into their practice.
One way is being able to support the client in different positions.
While suspended the practitioner can apply manual therapy or range of motion and joint mobilization techniques as part of effective treatment.
Other ways of using the Gravotonics Yoga Props include Reformer Pilates as well as for traction and Inversion Therapy, which we’ll discuss now…
Back Pain & Inversion Therapy
Today back pain is one of the most common of all physical complaints in the world.
Approx. 70 to 90% of men and women in the U.S. will experience at least one bout of incapacitating low back pain.
When the back muscles are not exercised they become weaker and put a painful strain on the back muscles.
Likewise, sitting places higher loads inside the lumbar disc than standing (between 150 to 250% depending on posture).
Many of our back and other problems are due to gravity’s chronic downward pull on our bodies, often causing compressed or pinched nerves.
Now with the aid of the yoga swing you can begin reversing the flow of gravity easily and without bulky or expensive inversion tables or tools.
Simply hanging by the handles is an easy way to help decompress the thoracic and lumbar spine and promote a healthy range of motion of the shoulders.
There is an enormous body of evidence that a compressed disc, whether or not it is actually ruptured, can be aided by Yoga Inversion Therapy.
Inversion increases the inter-vertebral space and can assist in reversing this compression, allowing the disc to return to its “shock absorber” and “spacer” function.
Keep in mind that before surgery became so popular for back problems, traction was the therapy of choice.
Inversion Healing Benefits:
Ideal for gentle passive lumbar or sacral traction,
This has had astonishing healing results for the lower back in minutes.
It provides an excellent stretch to the muscles, joints and ligaments necessary for a healthy spine. The results we have seen are impressive.
You can then carry out back strengthening exercises to heal low back pain / injuries and avoid future re-injury.
The ability to perform any task in life may be increased by orders of magnitude after performing continued inversion.
General Health & Fitness
There are many restorative and therapeutic uses for the Yoga Swing.
As discussed, you can stretch and strengthen virtually every muscle in the body.
This will often lead to the alleviation of neck, shoulder and lower back conditions as I have discussed above.
It can be used to reduce high blood pressure, balance the nervous system and improve all the systems of the body.
Yoga asanas can be implemented for the treatment of Asthma, relieving discomfort, developing stamina and diaphragmatic breathing.
Also supporting you to move blocked energy through the body, and restore emotional stability for peace in body and mind.
The Swing is portable and easy to set up. In minutes you are ready to hang out in a peaceful setting.
The numerous practical benefits on a health and therapeutic level of the Gravotonics Yoga Swing & Aerial Fitness System is outstanding.
It is truly a complete exercise gym, yoga, stretching and osteopathic therapy alignment device!Tags: aerial yoga, fitness, health, inversion therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation, resistance training, strength training, suspension training, workout, yoga, yoga trapeze