Aerial Yoga takes your practice off the mat, suspending you in a soft, slightly stretchy fabric hammocks. You float and flow through traditional poses. It allows you to challenge your body without compressing your spine or joints. The swing supports you so that you decide the intensity of your workout. You can choose a full yoga sequence, or work on previously hard to attain poses, like inversions. Additionally, the practice pays homage to a variety of weight-loss disciplines such as Pilates, gymnastics, and aerial arts. So, then, you may be asking yourself, will aerial yoga help me lose weight?
The Official Reports
Studies from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) show that women who did three 50-minute aerial yoga classes a week for six weeks experienced a change. They lost an average of two and a half pounds, 2 percent body fat, and about one inch from their waist. Furthermore, their VO2 max (a measure of fitness) improved by an astounding 11 percent.
Take it to the Core
Aerial yoga is supportive while challenging your balance. From the moment you enter the silks, you start engaging your core immediately, without even realizing it. Core strength not only shapes and trims your mid-section, but it also lends physical stability to everything you do.
What could be more fun than being an acrobat for an hour? Being in the aerial yoga trapeze allows you to flip and twist, laugh and have a genuinely good time. And you don’t need research to tell you that if an exercise is fun, you will probably do it often, and stick with it longer.
Master the Elusive
Have you been working on your handstand, headstand, forearm stand, but have just not entirely been able to grasp the pose? The silk wraps around your body and supports you in these inversions. Take your practice to a new level. Aerial Yoga may also improve your mat practice, allowing you to accomplish these formerly elusive asanas.
While you will undoubtedly experience full-body firming, your cardio fitness improves. The physiological response is similar to other cardio exercises like swimming. Studies have also shown that the calorie burn in a 50-minute aerial yoga class is similar to an hour of power walking.
Zero-Impact, Effective Results
Because you are suspended and supported throughout your entire practice, your spine and joints are safe. Therefore aerial yoga is safe for those who may have experienced an acute or chronic injury. In effect, you can use this type of exercise to maintain, even improve fitness while nursing an injury.
It is no secret that there is a myriad of positive effects from mind-body activities, mainly stress reduction. Aerial yoga classes commence with Savasana, where you lay cocooned within the silks. Talk about blissed out.
Are you still asking yourself “Will aerial yoga help me lose weight?” The answer is yes, that, and so much more! Ridgely Retreat offers a variety of yoga options. Check out our schedule and register for a class today!