Is Aerial Yoga For You?
Aerial yoga is a trend that is becoming more and more well-loved the world over and many people, from all walks of life, are getting involved. But there is a lot of online debate about who can do aerial yoga and whether it is suitable for men, pregnant women, certain religions and many more individuals.
In truth, everyone is welcome to take part, and the only time that anyone might find the practice challenging is if they have any sort of chronic physical limitation – but even so, there are potential ways that these people can still take part.
In this article, we will be looking at the various types of people that may question whether aerial yoga is suitable for them and how the practice can be enjoyed by many people, regardless of their gender, condition, spirituality or physical fitness.
Who Can Do Aerial Yoga?
As we mentioned, people from all walks of life are welcome at an aerial yoga class and yet, there are still many people who wonder if they are able to take part.
Can Beginners Do Aerial Yoga?
One of the great things about the global craze of aerial yoga is that there have been a variety of classes springing up.
These classes are not limited only to those who already have an in-depth knowledge of the practice and there are many beginner classes to choose from.
The most important thing is that beginners do attend a class that is instructed by a trained and qualified professional.
Of course, there is the option of installing a yoga swing in your own home and this is a great way to complement the classes you are attending.
However, since this can be a potentially dangerous practice if not done correctly, learning under the guidance of an instructor is advised.
There are a lot of people who wish to make the transition from mat yoga to an at-home aerial yoga workout and whilst this is possible and likely far easier since they already have a knowledge of the yoga poses, it is still advisable to gain instruction until you are confident enough to practice alone.
Can Pregnant Women Do Aerial Yoga?
If you are expecting a little one, it goes without saying that there are certain activities that you must be careful when doing. We do have an in-depth article on whether pregnant women can do aerial yoga, but if you are looking for the short answer – they can but there are certain safety considerations.
There are three main risks to women who are pregnant – these are falling, nausea and damage to the connective tissues.
That being said, there are more and more aerial yoga classes designed for the mother to be and it can be a very wise idea to attend these if you are looking to get into the practice whilst carrying.
In terms, of engaging in an aerial yoga routine at home, we would advise avoiding this until you have delivered your baby.
Can Men Do Aerial Yoga?
For the most part, if you perform a Google search relating to aerial yoga, you will be confronted with thousands of images and articles created by women and this, unfortunately, gives a false impression that it’s a women’s activity. But this is simply not the case.
Much like traditional yoga, the aerial alternative does not discriminate against gender and men are more than welcome in the yoga swing.
Whilst the practice may be dominated by females, it was, in fact, invented by a man named Christopher Harrison. This should be enough to suggest that it is appropriate for all genders.
However, many men may now feel that they are stepping on the toes of their sisters, wives and mothers by taking part in ‘their’ activity. Fortunately, there are more and more classes for men popping up all over the world.
Can Overweight People Do Aerial Yoga
Another of the most common misconceptions about yoga – aerial or otherwise, is that you have to have a super-slim physique in order to take part, but this is, quite frankly, a load of nonsense.
One of the great things about yoga is that it gives you the freedom to do a cardio workout and burn calories as well, all of this on top of the muscle toning, connective tissues stretching and mental health benefits and you’ve got yourself one of the best full-body workouts in the world.
So why shouldn’t people who are carrying a few extra pounds be able to take part?
If you are physically able to get into a yoga swing and enjoy the practice, then there is no reason why you should not. The only thing that you should consider is that most yoga swings do have a maximum weight capacity.
Having said that, this is usually a minimum of 300lbs, so it is more than inclusive for those who are overweight and looking for a way to keep fit.
Can Disabled People Do Aerial Yoga?
At first thought, one might think that those who are confined to a wheelchair or otherwise,
would be unable to take part in aerial yoga but this could not be further from the truth.
There is a practice known as adaptive aerial yoga which gives people with disabilities a chance to enjoy this practice as much as someone who is fully able-bodied.
In this modern-day, there isn’t much that those with limited mobility can’t do so there is no reason why the wonderful practice of aerial yoga shouldn’t be available to them also.
In one of the adaptive classes we’ve seen, the participants begin in their wheelchairs and gradually move out of them until they are fully supported by the swing.
This is great for people who have problems with their joints and can help to flush out the lymphatic system.
Can Children Do Aerial Yoga?
Traditional yoga may not grab the attention of children and teenagers in the same way that aerial yoga might and for this reason, it isn’t very often that we see young people on the mat.
Because aerial exercise is exciting and kids classes can be made so fun, why not encourage your children to give it a go?! Not only fun, but it also provides so many health benefits, both physically and mentally that it can be extremely beneficial to children and young adults.
Of course, it pays to keep in mind that a child should never be left on an aerial yoga swing unsupervised as there is the very real potential that they may fall and become injured.
However, much like the other types of tailored aerial classes, there are many that have been specifically designed with children and teenagers in mind.
These classes aim to help your child learn the correct yoga breathing techniques, gain strength and flexibility as well as building their overall physical fitness and confidence.
Can Religious People Do Aerial Yoga?
People of certain religions often wonder whether they can do aerial yoga, because for a long time, there was some discussion, particularly among followers of the Christian faith, that yoga could not be practiced due to conflicting spiritual beliefs.
Over the years, some of the spiritual stigma that is connected with yoga has been removed.
But what is not commonly known is that whilst there are spiritual elements to the practice, these are completely optional and there are many people who take part in yoga purely as a physical work out.
Alternatively, there is the option to combine your own spiritual beliefs with your yoga practice – yoga is not a religion and despite having origins in the Hindu faith, modern-day practices are much more free than one might first think.
Can Elderly People Do Aerial Yoga?
The term elderly covers people over the age of 65, but physical fitness can vary greatly at this age with some 65-year-old people who rely on the walker with very limited mobility and some 90-year-olds going on a daily run and attending the gym.
Age is not a concern with this exercise and it is widely accepted that, provided the user feels able, there is no time of life where an aerial yoga practice should not be enjoyed.
Seniors are the perfect group of people who can do aerial yoga, and there are, as you may expect, classes that are designed with the older person in mind – one of the most popular is the over-50s aerial yoga class, many of which run all over the world.
It Is Open To All!
We hope this article has shed some light on who can do aerial yoga, as it can be done both at home and in a structured class and where you practice may depend on your physical ability.
For example, if you are in the older or younger age groups, have a physical disability or are pregnant, you may find it better to attend a class that has been specifically tailored to meet your demands.
But one of the best things about this activity is that there is no limit on who can take part and whilst there has been a lot of confusion over whether aerial yoga is suitable for certain groups of people, the reality is that anything goes and anyone is welcome.
No matter your age, gender, health or beliefs, there will likely be a session that you can take advantage of.