So what should you know before you begin aerial yoga? Well, there are a few things to truly make this better, and this article will discuss how to implement these tips, and some to definitely keep in mind.
First, if you have never done this before, you should make sure that you begin with a class. Classes are a great way to build experience, and you need to make sure you know how to move within the hammock before you begin. Moving in a hammock and getting onto it definitely does feel way different from other forms of yoga, so you should definitely make sure you know the basics before you do this at home. Plus, it will also help to reduce injury as well.
Start off slow. You will feel a bit intimidated at first, but you want to begin with a slow, steady pace that is cautious. If you want to get injured, you can jump in there, but it often is a foolish action, and it will cause problems later on. Injury does happen if you do this improperly, and if the equipment isn’t secured. That’s why it’s important to begin with classes before you do anything else, since it does make a difference.
With this as well though, you shouldn’t be scared of the hammock when you first walk in. At the initial glance, you might think that all of the moves are super complicated and intricate, and you will believe that you can never do that. However, you don’t want to start off with the super hard stuff. As said before, begin slow, start with the basic move set, and start to build the skillset, and in turn, it will improve your confidence. This in turn will allow you to move to the poses that are much more difficult. With many of the aerial yoga movements they actually build off of one another, and one slight change can change the way that you feel, and put you in a totally different place and potion than you were in before. That’s where it becomes fun, and in turn you’ll be able to improve your creativity, and also your progression into harder moves, with each and every single practice that you do in this.
Now, you will start to realize during this, is that you’re going to need some upper body conditioning. If you don’t have that, well you’re going to get a rude awakening, and an awareness of it. When you begin, your instructor will show you a warmup, and you should definitely do this, but, if you want to get better, try using the hammock for other activities. Did you know you can use your hammock to do push-ups, squats, and even pull-ups? By rigging it certain ways, you’ll be able to condition this part of the body, and it’s encouraged if you want to get serious with this, to actually do a little bit of this every now and then.
Now, this isn’t saying you should go to the gym and start deadlifting 130 pounds or something, but instead, add a few push-ups here and there, along with a few pullups as well, and you can even do some bodyweight squats. Improving this by using the hammock will also make your balance and flexibility better as well, is it will definitely make a difference.
When you do this, you need to warm up. The warm up is arguably one of the most important parts of it, especially since if you’re not stretched out and ready, it can strain the ligaments and the muscles, so you want to make sure that the body is warm, and limbered up. You should make sure that the shoulders, arms, and hands especially are ready to begin with this, since they will be the main focal points of aerial yoga, and by giving yourself this kind of strength, it will in turn make things better, and it will make your ability to do the poses that you want to much more possible as well.
You will also begin to notice, that you will feel pain. That’s right, you’ll feel pain the second you begin with this. Battle scars, or “hammock kisses” are usually what they’re called. When you first sit, you’ll start to realize that your hip flexors have a lot of pressure on them, and you might feel some pain with it. however, the good news is that you can condition this, and you will find that the complicated positions do get easier as you begin to do this more.
You might also notice that the second a hammock hits a spot in a different way, it might be uncomfortable. Even when just merely hanging upside down, it might be a bit uncomfortable, but it’s mostly just learning how to adjust it so that it doesn’t, and you might start to notice as well that some areas are way more sensitive than others. For example, hanging from the back of your knees might be super painful, but if you put it a little bit higher, it might be better, or vice versa. With this sort of thing, it’s often just learning how to do this sort of thing, and you might notice that when you move to the more advanced moves, you’re getting used to them faster and faster, and in turn, it will allow for you to transition much easier, and get from one position to another almost right away.
Finally, let’s discuss relaxing. You’re not going to be judged by everyone under the sun here. Everyone is at the same level that you are for the most part, especially if you’re in the beginner class. This is a personal thing for yourself, so learn to relax. It can honestly be pretty scary if you’re hanging upside down and you’re starting to realize the ground is a lot higher than you imagined. But, you should relax into the poses, work on trying to improve this, and in general, get better with time. It can honestly be pretty scary, and a bit of a rude awakening, but if you work on this, improve your overall focus, and in general learn to understand how you feel, you’ll definitely get better.
It’s normal as well to walk out a little sore and bruised. That’s completely normal. You might notice that your hands are sore, and your legs and sides have bruises, and everything will ache especially in the beginning. But, as time goes on by, it does get easier. But, one thing that you should realize is that it never does get easier, you just get way better at it as well. You just need to stick with it, learn the art, and get a good feel for it. You should realize as well that the moves don’t change, but rather you’re the one who is changing, and if you go in for a class, the instructor can help. You’ll notice as well as time goes on that getting better is possible, whereas you might have not believed it before. Start to focus on getting better with this, and move onto improving yourself, and you in turn will notice the difference right away.