In the last few years there has been a significant increase in different styles of yoga practice. One of these is the high flying Suspension Yoga™ class. Imagine a challenging workout that combines aspects of Yoga, Pilates, Aerial Arts and Strength Training. Your body is suspended in the air while you do yoga and body weight training. An aerial workout is designed to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility. A total mind and body workout for those who want to combine fitness with FUN.
A typical Suspension Yoga™ class consists of floor work, aerial strengthening exercises, stretches and relaxation. The equipment used at The Flying Yogi is know as the YogiGym® and consists of a “sling” that is accompanied by 3 sets of handles for easy maneuverability . The apparatus is constructed of soft yet extremely durable recycled parachute material which is ethically made (no Chinese sweatshops ) and suspended from 2 connection points that may be located in the ceiling, inside a door frame, from a tree branch or even off the back of a door!
The YogiGym®, which has a generous foam band inserted on one side of the hammock for maximum comfort during weight-bearing aerial poses, provides support and stability while exercising to allow freedom of movement in a broad range of strength-building, balance awareness, flexibility and core strength moves.
Got a challenging yoga pose that has been troubling you? The YogiGym® is the ideal yoga prop. Through the combined support of both the handles and the sling, you become free to focus your attention on your breath and alignment while gravity helps move you deeper into stretches in a highly controlled and safe manner.
But one of the best, most delicious experiences one can have on the hammock are the suspended inversions that allow the spine to gently decompress. This decompression of the spine and joints actually leaves the body standing taller and is very effective in relieving chronic back and/or joint pain.
Because of the low impact and high support factor, almost all levels of fitness are able to benefit from Suspension Yoga™. It is an ideal fitness program suitable for entire families and ages between 4 – 84 have experienced some high flying-fun at The Flying Yogi.
New to yoga? This is the perfect prop to assist you with the poses and learn them in a stress free manner. During a practice session, expand both your body and mind by trusting in the knowledge that the hammock is there to support you. Every time you practice, challenge yourself to try new poses that you may not ever have been able to perform before such as handstand, headstand, shoulder stand, back bend or Bakasana (Crow Pose). You’d be amazed at all the things you will now find yourself able to do!
Join in any one of our practice sessions by reviewing our online class schedule.
http://theflyingyogi.ca/practice/ .You can also purchase the YogiGym® Suspension Sling and practice Suspension Yoga™ in the privacy of your own home, while travelling or anyplace outdoors stable enough to hang the hammock .
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