Aerial yoga does have a few precautions to mention, because a lot f times, there are some things that aren’t noted, and because of that, it can actually be quite troublesome on the body. But, you’ll be able to keep these in mind and use them to your advantage in this article, and from there, you can have the aerial yoga experience that you know you deserve.
Is it Safe?
The first thing you might wonder is if aerial yoga is safe. The answer, is yes but you should first go at it with a class that’s being conducted by someone who is certified as an aerial yoga instructor. You can even ask for the qualifications and the certs before you begin. You want someone to tell you how to do this right, so that you don’t get hurt.
Now, you won’t be up in the air too high, only a couple of feet. You can always adjust it to your needs, or if you really want to go up high. The risk of falling is minimal, but it definitely is something you might be worried about, but you shouldn’t do too much damage if you’re not that high up.
However, you do need to make sure that you don’t hang upside down for too long. There are numerous health risks that come with that, and it definitely is something to watch out for, and if you do feel a bit lightheaded and weak, you should stop.
Typically, most of the people that down this don’t have any problems. It can be hard initially, but often, once you get used to it, it’s not that bad. But, if you are under any of the following conditions, you might want to talk to the doctor before you begin:
- Pregnancy: this is especially important since it could end up hurting the baby. If you’re far along, don’t do this.
- Eye surgery that was recent: you shouldn’t do this if you can’t see very well, since that does put you at risk.
- Heart disease: severe heart disease could cause problems, so do be careful with this.
- High or low blood pressure: again, these in a serious manner can cause problems when doing this, so it’s best to avoid if you do have this.
- Any sorts of nasal passage blocking or colds: from a germ and virus standpoint, you don’t want to give it to everyone, so it might be best to sit out. But it also can cause breathing issues, especially if you’re hanging upside down.
- Eye disease: this can cause you to not be able to see, and that in turn will make it harder for you.
- Vertigo: you’re hanging upside down and slightly off the ground, it can cause issues.
- Bone disorders: again, it could put too much pressure onto it, and if you have osteoporosis, there is a risk of breaking something.
- Prosthetic hips: prosthetic hips could end up being knocked out of place with this, and you definitely should make sure that if you do have this condition, you get the appropriate help from the doctor before you begin.
If you do want to give this exercise a try, you should first and always get medical clearance before you begin, but you also should keep these various elements in mind, especially since it can help you.
What to Know Before You Go
There are a few things that you should know before you go. We did cover the clothing before, but you should also know of a few precautions to help make the first experience the best that it can be:
- Go into this barefoot: you might think having socks on will make this easier, but it doesn’t. In fact, it can make moving around on the hammock way more uncomfortable, and your socks can get caught and such. Make sure that if you do this, know that barefoot is the way to go, since it’s ultimately the easiest way for you to move around.
- Remove jewelry and watches: if you’re wearing anything that might get tangled in the hammock, you should make sure that they’re removed. If you get tangled, it could be a nightmare to get you out of it. This in turn does also include any toes and fingers that have nails that are untrimmed, or manicured nails that end up getting caught and snagged in the hammock.
- Don’t use lotion: lotion might seem like a great idea. You’ll smell great, and it could help make it more challenging. But don’t do this. It will cause you to slide. If you do wear it, you should avoid putting it on before class. If you want to make it harder for you to maintain how you hold onto the hammock, then yes, do this sort of thing, but otherwise, leave the hand lotion at home.
- Bring a towel if your hands sweat: you might be someone that does end up having issues with holding onto the hammock because your hands are sweaty. If so, you should bring a towel, or some antiperspirant in order to help you get the most out of this. You can use that to assist you, and it will help make it easier as well.
- Don’t go alone: if you want to make sure that you have the right experience that you want to, make sure you don’t do this alone. learn from an instructor, in a school with others, and it will allow you to perform safely with others. Definitely watch for this one.
- Don’t do it if you got Botox within the last six hours: this is a strange rule, but it’s probably because of the swelling in the head and such and the treatment. It’s really just best that you don’t go in for aerial yoga if you’ve had any sorts of face or mouth surgery in the last 6-24 hours, since it can cause issues.
- Advise on surgeries: this includes surgeries in the last six or so months. Just tell your instructor so that they know that something is going on.
Food and Drink beforehand
When it comes to aerial yoga, there are a few food and drink precautions that you need to know about, and this article will highlight just what in the world they are, and why they matter.
- Don’t do this on a full stomach: You want to throw up while doing this, that’s how that happens. Even if you don’t have the tendency to throw up, you should still make sure that you don’t do this on a full stomach, since this can make you feel bad. It also causes cramps too if you’re not careful, so just avoid eating too much altogether.
- Avoid foods that make your stomach gurgle: as said before, acidic foods and drinks should be avoided. Those that have sugar in it too, such as candies, should also be avoided, because that’s just a bit of temporary energy that will end up not helping you later on.
- Eat nourishing and gentle food: foods such as bananas are great to have right before aerial yoga. You should have something small that won’t irritate the stomach if you’re going to do this, since all too often, if you eat too much, it will end up making you feel bad. Just be gentle with it.
Ideally, you really shouldn’t eat unless you’re super hungry, but also with both food and water, make sure that you don’t have too much too fast, since that can ultimately make you want to throw up as well, or at least a little bit nauseous.
With these tips, you can see that aerial yoga does have a few precautions worth mentioning, and they should be considered, since ultimately, they are what will be what will help you later on when you’re trying to master this practice. The best way to master aerial yoga is to make sure that you’re doing it safely, and without any problems, and if you do it right the first time, it can definitely get easier as well. The best way to practice is to make the experience easy for you, and these precautions give you that, and so much more as well.