It can be hard to tell what fitness trends really are good for you and which are just popular for no real reason. There are times when a new fitness discovery can be a total scam and do more harm than good. Until proper research is done, you’re better off giving up on crazy trends. However, aerial yoga just so happens to be one of those crazy trends. It’s not such a new phenomenon anymore, but that only means there have been studies to find out exactly whether the trend was a good one. As it turns out, it is. Aerial yoga is a great form of exercise for pretty much anyone, and for multiple reasons. Let us explain.
No Previous Skills Required
Yoga is known most for its intensity and difficulty. However, this version is great for people at all levels of fitness. There are beginner classes to begin their aerial yoga journey and help people learn the basics. All you have to do is find the closest class to you and get going!
Great Ab Workout
One lesser-known benefit of aerial yoga is its positive effect on the abs. The reason for that is since you’re off the ground, you lose all your stability. As a result, you end up using your core without even realizing it in order to keep yourself stabilized while doing each pose. Aerial yoga is an extremely effective ab workout!
Honestly, when was the last time you really had fun while working out? To solve that problem, aerial yoga is the perfect solution. You get to suspend from a silky hammock and get your workout done all at once! It’s pretty much like pretending to be an acrobat for an hour and then benefit from it. Suddenly, you can do all these cool gymnastic tricks you’d never be able to do otherwise. Not to mention, since it’s such a fun activity, you’re more likely to do it more often. It’s a win-win.
An Aid To Regular Yoga
Aside from helping you improve your fitness, aerial yoga will help you perfect regular yoga poses too. The silk wrap supports you while doing more advanced poses that would be too difficult to attempt on the ground at first. This way, you can know how the pose is meant to feel. Then once you do it on the ground, it’ll be easier.
We know this one sounds weird, but aerial yoga is actually great cardio. In addition to strengthening the muscles, aerial yoga can burn 320 calories in 50 minutes. That’s the same amount as if you’d power walk in the same amount of time.
There is a specific reason aerial yoga is great for everyone – aside from not needing previous experience. It’s a no-impact workout. Meaning that people who suffer from joint pain of any kind would seriously benefit from this form of exercise. It has no impact on the problem areas plus it helps build muscle that protects the joints.
Last but not least, the best way to end an exhausting and stimulating workout is by cooling down, obviously. In aerial yoga, each session ends with the savasana pose, gently swinging side to side in the silk hammock. To us, that sounds like the most relaxing thing in the world.