Completely free – Yoga in cloth: For some time, this relatively new form of Yoga conquered the heart of many Yogi’s: Aerial Yoga. It is an asana practice that literally can take off. With, in and around the yoga towel new ways for their own practice open. Body and mind are experienced differently again and again by the feeling of weightlessness.
The Aerial Yoga Story
Aerial Yoga was founded by Christopher Harrison, an American dancer, acrobat and yogi. First, his exercise program was only for athletes. Gradually developed Harrison then a new, mass-market style of yoga, be carried out at the both traditional and new attitudes in and around the cloth with his aerial yoga towel. Harrison made this new form of yoga in 2007 patented as Antigravity® Aerial Yoga and began to market the “weightless” Yoga to Yoga studios worldwide. The concept convinced and became more than just a fast-paced American trend. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before this new form of yoga yogis was discovered with a pioneering spirit in Europe and adapted. The openness to new training paths that willingness to leave known paths of yoga, and the natural curiosity of yogis allowed in recent years in this country the emergence of a Aerial Yoga community.
The human dream of flying – it is what Aerial Yoga practitioners like about this style? Leave the firm ground, break new ground, rise, stand, sound out limits … Definitely! Simultaneously yogis are always looking for something that earthed, protects and carries that conveys a sense of stability, security and confidence – no matter whether in daily life or on the mat. Perhaps it is precisely this balance between letting go and Worn-Will, between ascending lightness and stable grip, which we aspire and would like to add our innermost. And perhaps it is this balance that may arise of its own accord when Aerial Yoga magically.
You could say that there the Aerial Yoga among others comes to cross borders, to “trusting” well – to trust. Keeps me the cloth really? Can I as proposed in this (still) foreign aid my weight easy? Trust me me to? Do I trust my teacher? There are many small, but very new and unusual steps that you go for yourself during an aerial yoga class. To one student, it might already enough to indulge in gentle rocking the towel if you like embedded in a cocoon cross-legged arrives in cloth. For another, it is the breathtaking feeling upside down to hang – the legs tightly wrapped by cloth – and to let go anything once.
Same Same, but different?
What is referred to in this article collectively Aerial Yoga, currently has actually different names, such asAnti-Gravity Yoga , Free Floating Yoga , Flying Yoga or Gravity Yoga . Proficient is doing in Hammocks, Swings, Slings or plain towels. Although confusing are many names, different equipment and different approaches, is the basis for all forms of hovering, and supported by the cloth Yoga, the same: always the mat bottom is left and the body – in the best case the mind – is there theweightlessness of a cloth out. Aerial Yoga is an innovative body work, when the cloth is used as ingenious tool to feel supported themselves and to become creative.
An exact demarcation between the individual variants of the style does not exist. Even a rough classification is virtually impossible, because yoga is a very in towel young and also dynamically-variable is yoga practice, which also differs from teacher to teacher. At least at the present time there is probably little sense to want to put this style into a certain drawer.
Who is first confronted with Aerial Yoga, may wonder: Can I? Am I articulated enough? Do I have the necessary strength? Similar to other yoga styles such doubts are unfounded. Almost everyone, provided it is physically healthy, can go into the aerial practice. However, beginners should take care to learn the basic techniques with an experienced and well-trained Aerial Yoga teacher. Who has never been in an aerial hour, should first a special introductory workshop visit.
Stages of the practice
Especially when Aerial Yoga applies: The practice depends on where individuals are. Aerial Yoga can and should be adapted to the individual needs. While in other styles, although can vary the respective asanas on the mat, the cloth allows development opportunities on several levels. so you can, for example, quietly, gently and mindfully in ground , practice with the cloth in knee high setting. It is the sole intention to make the weight, use the cloth as a helper for gentle stretches and release to arrive at himself.
On another day, offers yoga towel, waist high set, the chance to try acrobatic postures and dive into the world of flips and Co., almost to feel a little like an artist of Cirque du Soleil. But even as a pure Yoga aids to assist with the usual practice, the cloth turns out to be true all-rounder: no matter whether during intense stretching or forceful attitudes, whether Baddha Konasana or variants of Virabhadrasana – exactly sent positioned cloth supports where we more need maintenance.
Weightless Body – slight spirit
Depending on an Aerial class focus the practice can have completely different effects on the body and mind. Depending on how you use the cloth, you can practice the poses in new variations. It can, for example, as a support for a deeper immersion in a stretch serve. It can be similarly used a fixed rod to target different muscle groups to strengthen . Even an effective bicep workout that hardly belongs to the yogic repertoire during asana practice on the mat, is possible at the Aerial Yoga.
Effective action is produced when Aerial Yoga also by the almost foolproof oral different inversions as head, hand and shoulder stand. The free head overhangs fascinated especially beginners. As we work as yogis on the mat often months or years later, the body and mind to prepare so that we can come to this inversion freely and independently, the cloth has some interesting support – for both the muscle as well as “the head”.This makes it easier to become accustomed gradually playful traffic poses to the environment. Ingenious Bonus: The head hangs freely downwards, that is, there arise no compressions on the spine, no stress factors for neck, head and shoulders.
In addition to strengthening and stretching the entire body Aerial Yoga offers another advantage: It can feel like an intense fascial training act. In aerial yoga classes, the cloth can be deliberately used so that all the muscle chains are involved in a dynamic stretching.
Just as a beginner, it is important to learn the basic techniques of a professional aerial yoga teacher.
The Aerial Yoga Towel is made of a special nylon fiber mixture which is stretchable in one direction only. The cloth can be installed directly to the ceiling by means of various Aufhängetechniken so that the flowing material falls down freely in the room. The Aerial Yoga Towel Set consists of several parts that make possible weightless practicing in their interplay. In the market, various installation systems and techniques have been established, so that the suspension of the exercise room can vary to the practice room. In the first place should always be the safety, that is, the system should be optimally adapted to the individual room and exercise modalities. Just ceiling height and texture are the criteria on which the choice of the suspension must be based. There is usually an Aerial-set of a Aerial Yoga towel (also known as Hammock or Sling), two O-Slings, two carbines, two daisy chains and two Deckenbefes- adjustments. Only through the daisy chains adjustment levels are possible. The prices for Aerial-cloths and complete sets vary by provider and technology of the suspension.