The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect.
Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.
Yoga is meditation in motion. The awareness of the breath is what makes Yoga and cultivates a meditative mental state. Be aware of your body and your breathing throughout your practice. Use your Yoga class to calm your mind and focus on your breathing and how your body feels. Make a promise to keep your mind focused on what you are doing in that moment.
Aerial yoga is yoga which uses a hammock to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. The hammock is a useful tool, improving flexibility, joint mobility, strength, body awareness and alignment.
Aerial yoga is thought to be particularly beneficial for students who spend a long time sitting, or who have back pain, because it has a decompressing effect on the body.
Aerial yoga is a very safe form of inversion therapy that reduces spinal compression. There is no pressure on the head or neck as there might be when doing headstand or shoulderstand in traditional yoga. It also creates space between the vertebral discs, which counteracts the daily effects of gravity. When you turn yourself upside down, the lymph circulation benefits from this, providing a measure of detoxification.
Aerial yoga provides all the usual benefits of yoga, but with a special focus on your core, arms and flexibility. In some poses, the hammock helps you achieve the ultimate expression of the pose and as it should be in traditional yoga.