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Top 3 Reasons to Flip Your World Upside Down

By Guest Blogger: Bethany

 

Have you tried one of the latest additions to the world of yoga? Aerial yoga is a new form of yoga combining deep stretches, breathing techniques, strengthening movements and acrobatics – all with the support of a soft, suspended hammock.

 

Here is how Yoga Roots Malmö describes the practice:

“Using a gentle, airy silk hammock to support your practice. In the classes you will develop flexibility and strength, working with long deep stretches and core and upper body strengthening to move in and out of the hammock. Attention is put on the accuracy of movement and proper breathing to feel your best in the practice. Practicing aerial yoga greatly improves posture, flexibility, breathing, concentration, and calmness of mind, while at the same having fun with this new challenge!”

 

 One of the biggest appeals of this practice is getting upside down. How often do we get to invert against gravity? Each day our bodies feel the weight of gravity, and this increases over time. Ever heard how you start to get a little shorter over time? From the time we get out of bed in the morning to when we settle in for sleep at night, we feel the effects of gravity pulling down on us.


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One way to balance the compressive effects of these daily activities is by inverting upside down.

Here are a few benefits of inverting your world:

 

  1. Decreased Back Pain

Many of my students complain about back pain. We are often sitting or standing while working for hours a day at our jobs. The discomfort can arise from what we think is healthy for our bodies, even from our workouts at the gym, or last night’s sleep. With an aerial practice, we can softly stretch our muscles, and work to lengthen the back body. A full inversion uses gravity to pull the body in the opposite direction, which can have an incredible relief on spinal pressure and can help improve posture over time.

 

  1. Improves Circulation

Our body works hard every day, our heart pumping to circulate blood through our bodies. When we invert, we can use gravity to improve circulation and provide the brain with more oxygenated blood, in turn improving mental function.  Referencing David Coulter, Ph.D., who wrote in a 1992 Yoga International article on the effects of inversion of the circulation of the body. He explains that the effectiveness of inversions on circulation is greater than benefits in sleep. Coulter writes, "If you can remain in an inverted posture for just 3 to 5 minutes, the blood will not only drain quickly to the heart, but tissue fluids will flow more efficiently into the veins and lymph channels of the lower extremities and of the abdominal and pelvic organs, facilitating a healthier exchange of nutrients and wastes between cells and capillaries."


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  1. Improved Mood – inversions can make you happy!

I have never taught an aerial class without my students leaving with a smile – or smiling and laughing during the class. Even the occasional “Woo-hoo!” moment is heard! Inverting upside down, combined with trying something new, brings an incredible feeling of empowerment and happiness. Plus, it is believed that this increased blood circulation through the body when inverting, also increases the circulation of endorphins – these feel good, happy chemicals in the body.

 

Other positive effects of aerial yoga, include:

 

  • Develop flexibility
  • Builds strength
  • Corrects posture
  • Teaches deep breathing
  • Releases and extends the spine
  • Improves concentration
  • Relieves stress
  • Gives a feeling of elation
  • Increases sense of balance

    Curious to invert? Find a local aerial yoga studio and give it a try!


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    About the Author

    Bethany found yoga to cross-train when she competed in professional watersports over 10 years ago. The love for the practice transitioned into teaching, as an E-RYT 200-hour certified yoga teacher and studio co-founder of Yoga Roots in Sweden. She teaches aerial, vinyasa and yin yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga classes. She is originally from the US and currently resides and teaches in Malmö, Sweden. To her teachings, she brings influences from an athletic background, international environment and a pure joy for sharing yoga with others. You can find Bethany on Instagram, Facebook, and her Website