Aerial yoga for weight loss and more

Aerial yoga for weight loss and more

Aerial yoga combines a fun workout with the spiritual benefits of yoga.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : February 29, 2016 5:56 PM IST

Aerial yoga is making news in the world of fitness, not just because it is a fun workout but also because it is a great way to stay fit. After its creation eight years ago in New York, aerial yoga has built a worldwide following. The approach of aerial yoga to fitness is what celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, and Pink have taken a special liking to. According to experts, 30 minutes of aerial yoga daily can help build a healthy body and mind. Calculate how much weight you can lose in a month here.

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga also known as antigravity yoga is a unique practice that utilizes silk fabric to support the body while you perform the moves. The movements in this yoga form vary from instructor to instructor, as aerial yoga combines the basics of yoga with gymnastics, dance, pilates, and acrobatics. Yoga Expert Manisha of The Yoga Chakra (an aerial yoga studio), says, This approach allows you to enjoy more spiritual benefits of yoga along with the physical exercise while having fun. Manisha adds, Fun is an essential part of this form. An upbeat playlist and a gentle hand are used to help guide students into poses they never expected to find themselves in, including handstands and headstands. You can also try these 6 fun and weird types of yoga.

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How is it done?

In aerial yoga, the structural fabric can be hung at various heights allowing you to try different yoga postures. The suspension will allow a greater range of motion and a deeper stretch than doing yoga on the floor. With the hammock supporting your tailbone, you can effortlessly get into backbends such as the wheel pose. Aerial yoga helps you move freely with less effort by counteracting gravity,' says Kavita Das, another Yoga Expert of The Yoga Chakra. This video of the yoga poses performed in a silken hammock will amaze you.

What are its health benefits?

According to Manisha, this form of suspended yoga strengthens core muscles, increases spinal and shoulder flexibility, and prevents back strain. The suspension in the air releases tension in the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. It gives a positive alignment to your body along with increasing the endorphin levels that can help reduce stress. Aerial yoga can also be excellent in improving your cardiovascular health. Deeper stretching in practice can bring more blood and oxygen to your body. Like any other yoga form, aerial yoga also releases tension promotes a body-mind connection. Practicing ashtanga yoga can also be your path to a better body and mind.

Can it aid in weight loss?

According to the experts from The Yoga Chakra, aerial yoga helps you lose weight by challenging you to engage your muscles to complete the yoga poses while you are in the air. This can help you build toned and lean muscles while you burn body fat. You can do full yoga poses like sun salutations and even pick individual poses to lose weight. If you go for a more vigorous practice, you will burn more calories during the workout. Paddleboard yoga - great to get in shape.

Can everyone practice aerial yoga?

When it comes to your fitness level, there are no restrictions in aerial yoga,' says Manisha. However, due to its nature, is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Also do not give this form of yoga a try if you had an eye surgery or are suffering from vertigo. According to Manisha, you should avoid practicing it if you suffer from high blood pressure or arthritis.

Safety first

Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to aerial yoga. It s crucial to seek a qualified instructor who will take the time to carefully review the adjustments made within the fabrics, ensuring proper alignment and integrity within each pose, says Manisha. First on the agenda is learning to become comfortable with a silk hammock that can support more than 500 kilos. Once the initial fear is overcome, then the simple practice moves start, followed by the advanced ones, such as hanging upside down.

Here are a few aerial yoga studios in India:

  • The Yoga Chakra, New Delhi
  • Antigravity Fitness, Pune
  • The Yoga House, Mumbai

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