FAQs about Aerial Yoga

You know almost everything there is to know about aerial yoga, but now, here are a few FAQs to read and understand. This chapter will give you an in-depth FAQ on everything you need to know about aerial yoga.

Is aerial yoga hard?

No, it’s not. It isn’t as difficult as you would think it is. The most difficult part is learning how to get into where you need to go, and how to move into it. You might find poses way easier to perform after a little bit.

Who can practice yoga?

Virtually anyone in good physical condition can. If you’ve had surgery on your hips, or any other surgery, talk to the doctor. Make sure that if you’re pregnant, have glaucoma, high or low blood pressure, or recently had a stroke won’t practice this unless they get okay from a doctor.

What are the benefits?

Well, you’ll notice better breathing, better cognitive abilities, better spine and digestive health, flexibility, better lung function, proper spine and hip alignment, along with strength and cardio workouts that will give you the full-body workout that you want.

Where do I look for classes?

You can simply check them out online. There are group classes you can try, along with private lessons too that are offered from trained aerial performers.

Does inversion yoga offer more?

In a sense yes. You’ll get an endless motion range, and you don’t have to worry about pressure on the spine or the neck, like traditional yoga tends to create.

Will I be successful after my first class with an instructor?

To a degree, yes. If you’re doing the pose, whether it be something small, or something huge, you certainly will want to walk out feeling more confident with yourself. You’re not going to be doing those complicated poses right away, but instead, you’ll learn as you go along.

What should I bring?

Well yourself, a towel for sweating and if your hands tend to sweat, and a mat as well if you feel like it. You should also bring water too, since you’re going to be working out quite a lot.

Do I need to practice yoga to do this?

Not at all. Aerial yoga, and traditional yoga, are two very different things. Both of them have their own personal uses, and while you can incorporate both into aerial, it’s not required. Anyone can do it, and those at all levels can certainly benefit from it.

Should I not eat beforehand?

If you’re someone that gets dizzy when you’re upside down and haven’t eaten, I do suggest having a smaller meal to help stave off hunger. However the last thing that you want to do is to eat a huge meal. Ideally, save that for after class, and you can then have a nice meal as a reward for all of the effort you’ve put in, and all of the blood that you’re pumping as you go through this class.

Will I get dizzy?

Dizziness is something that could happen if you do have spatial awareness problems. However, if you don’t, chances are you won’t feel this, and if you do, it’s recommended that you don’t put your head over your hips, or if you do, take it slow and don’t do it until you feel that you’re ready.

How will I feel after aerial yoga?

You might feel a little bit sore, but nothing too crazy. You will however feel much lighter, and almost taller in a sense as well, since this does work to help decompress the spine. Your muscles will also feel like they’ve had a pump too, but most of all, you’ll feel way more energized and refreshed, so it’s a great thing to begin with.

Will the hammock hold me?

This thing can hold up to 2000 pounds. Unless you’re weighing a literal ton or taking a couple palettes of bricks with you, chances are you don’t have to worry about it. With professional aerial yoga studios, there are also ceiling points, where the yoga equipment is suspended, and it is often put in by someone who is a contractor and it’s also certified by an engineer. So yes that thing won’t come down on you, and you don’t have to worry. If you do end up falling, realize it’s only a few feet of a drop, so it won’t be too hard.

What if I get scared?

This is a form of relaxation, and the difference between excitement and fear is the state of your body. With excitement, you’re relaxed, but with fear, you’re not. When doing aerial yoga, you’ll feel a lot of relaxation as you do this, but remember, you’re only about three inches off the ground, so it’s not going to kill you.

Should I pay mind to what class I attend?

Yes. Do make sure that you get the right one that works for you. don’t’ go into an intermediate or advanced one when you don’t know the beginner stuff, and if there are different levels of beginner classes, you can certainly look to see if some of them do have a couple of differences, such as maybe the height of where the hammock will be.

Do I need upper body strength to do it?

To start out, of course not. When you first get started, you don’t need to have strong upper body strength. You build this up, since it’s one of the benefits. Your instructor won’t force you to do something that you can’t do. When you first get started, you might notice how much of this that you lack, but as you go along, you’ll begin to notice how different it feels. Simply take the time and look at what you’re doing, and from there, you’ll be able to judge for yourself whether or not you need more or not. If you do, do some strength exercises such as planks and pull-ups.

Do I need my own hammock to participate?

If you’re going to a studio, you don’t, but some might allow you to rent them, or give you one since you can practice on your own. If you do want to work on this by yourself, do consider getting your own to begin.

Do I need to be physically fit to do this?

No, you don’t. That comes with time. It’s actually accessible for anyone, but you do need to have an open sort of mind, and are willing to take a hit or two from the hammock, since it does tend to make you a bit sore the first time.

Read more:

What is Aerial Yoga?
Tips to begin Aerial Yoga
What you need to begin Aerial Yoga
Physical Benefits of Arial Yoga

Mental Benefits of Aerial Yoga

Precautions for Aerial Yoga
Popular Aerial Yoga Poses

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