What’s Aerial Yoga and Why You Should Consider Trying It

Aerial yoga
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If you’ve come across aerial yoga on Instagram, the pictures might have you thinking that this is an exercise form preserved only for seasoned and well-trained yogis. But the truth is this unique form of yoga can be suited for beginners too. Here’s why you should try it.

What Is It?

It involves many of the same poses you would find in other yoga classes, but instead of a mat, you use a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling as a prop to support you through the various flows. The fact that some parts of your body interact with the hammock while others are floating in the air will make certain poses easier and others more challenging.

Benefits of Aerial Yoga

It helps your balance, but it also builds muscle strength, as you are using your arms and core muscles to hold yourself upright in the hammock.

“Aerial yoga targets all your muscles. It requires a lot of core engagement and upper body strength”, group fitness coordinator Alexander Fenton-Irias told Insider. He continued to say that nearly every pose requires a little bit more effort from your core than a grounded yoga class to maintain balance.

So if you want to try a form of yoga that’s a little different, try an aerial yoga class. Apart from all the aforementioned health and fitness benefits, it is also just a super fun workout.