More People Are Turning to Aerial Yoga
In days gone by, many people would attend a traditional yoga class based on performing poses on the mat and whilst this is still a much-loved and beneficial activity, more and more people are turning to aerial yoga.
Of course, we would recommend installing an aerial yoga hammock at home so that you are able to practice as frequently as possible but it is also a great advantage to access an aerial yoga class with a trained instructor who can provide you with advice and assistance to get the most out of your practice.
In this article, we are going to be exploring what you can expect when you arrive at your very first aerial yoga class and how to prepare for it.
Choosing The Right Aerial Yoga Classes For You
One of the most common mistakes that people make when looking for an aerial yoga class is performing a quick “Google Search” and heading off to the first class that appears in the search.
Whilst this may work in some cases, in others you may not be getting the best class for you and it pays to do some research before signing up to lessons.
So before you have even entered the aerial yoga studio, there are some things to keep in mind.
What To Expect From Your First Aerial Yoga Class
Going to your first aerial yoga class can be somewhat intimidating, and this is true of any new experience but when it comes to aerial yoga, it can feel even more terrifying.
However, there really is nothing to be afraid of, especially if you have followed our tips above to find the best class.
One of the best benefits of an aerial yoga class is that, unlike mat yoga or other workouts, you have the support of the yoga swing which will allow you to get into poses that you may never have thought were possible.
What’s more, there are many physical and mental benefits to this type of class but knowing what to expect when you get to your first session can alleviate some of the worries you may have.
You’ll Need Tight Clothing
Traditional yoga classes are usually more comfortable when we wear loose-fitting garments that allow us to move around more freely.
However, this is a mistake that a lot of newbie aerial yogis make and will turn up to their first class in loose clothes. It is much better to do your aerial yoga class wearing tight-fitting clothes, such as yoga leggings and a sleeved, fitted top.
The benefits for this are two-fold, firstly, covering your skin will prevent you from getting pinched when in certain poses but also tight clothing will not get wrapped up in the sling, which could pose a potential safety risk.
Be Prepared To Get Involved
Whilst it can be scary going into a new class, especially if you are there alone, it pays to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Heading to the back of the class and shying away might mean that you miss out on something important and don’t get the full experience.
A degree of confidence is required to start your aerial yoga journey but even if you’re a relatively shy person, you could book a one-to-one session to begin with to grow your confidence.
You Will Be Upside Down A Lot
During your yoga practice on the mat, you may find that inversions are one of the most difficult and uncomfortable types of poses but this changes completely when we get into an aerial yoga class, as hanging upside down is an integral part of the practice.
But don’t let this put you off – with the support of the yoga hammock and a good teacher, you will soon get the hang of it.
The reason that it is so important to embrace the inversion during an aerial yoga session is that it has a huge range of benefits.
These include lengthening the spine, which gives us greater freedom of movement and can aid in natural detox working with the lymphatic system.
You Don’t Need To Be Super Flexible
One of the main concerns of those starting out with aerial yoga is that they believe that they need to be very flexible in order to take part – but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Aerial yoga provides us with an opportunity to work on our flexibility but this doesn’t mean that you need to arrive at your first class with the experience of a fully-fledged trapeze artist. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
Thanks to the support of the yoga swing, getting into difficult positions comes much more easily than in traditional yoga so even if you are as a stiff as a plank, it really isn’t an issue.
The most important thing is to allow yourself to enjoy the experience and let your body guide you. In time, you will notice that your muscles and tendons will release and loosen and your flexibility will improve.
Remember Not To Eat Too Much Before Class
It is always advisable to avoid working out on a full stomach but this applies even more when going to an aerial yoga class. Since you will be spending a lot of time hanging upside down, a heavy meal beforehand can make you feel sick or cause indigestion.
The whole point of a yoga class – aerial or otherwise, is to relax, strengthen and work out not to leave you feeling uncomfortable. However, it is important to remember to stay hydrated.
Aerial Yoga Practice
Buying an aerial yoga swing to use at home is a great idea to keep fit and reap the benefits that aerial yoga has to offer on a day to day basis but it is also important to regularly attend a class as a beginner.
Doing this will allow you to learn new skills, how to use your swing correctly and to interact with other yoga enthusiasts.
However, going to your first aerial yoga session with an instructor can sometimes be a little overwhelming so knowing what to expect can give you a sense of confidence and make your first experience much more enjoyable.