Aerial Yoga Coming Soon!
That's right! Within the next month, we will begin offering Aerial Yoga classes at Yoga Art Space in addition to all the regular classes you've come to love! Because of that, this week we've decided to share a special blog post talking about the benefits of Aerial Yoga! Aerial yoga is the fusion of traditional yoga movements with modern postures using a silk hammock. Is aerial yoga just another trendy yoga thing? Or can aerial yoga allow us to access a different kind of benefit that isn't as accessible in a regular yoga class? Keep reading to find out!
Because of the support of the hammock against the body, Aerial Yoga can make certain difficult yoga postures such as inversions and heart openers become much more accessible to practitioners. Because of that, Aerial Yoga can allow us to access the unique properties of inversions. Here are a few of my favorite (out of MANY) benefits of inverting:
1) Improves Circulatory System
The circulatory system consists of the heart, the lungs, and all of the vessels in between (including aveoli, arteries, capillaries, and veins) which are responsible for bringing fresh oxygen to the cells of the body and removing waste products such as carbon dioxide.
Inversions help maintain the health of the lungs. This occurs because in our normal upright standing or sitting postures, gravity pulls our fluids downwards and blood thoroughly saturates the lower lungs. The lower lung tissue is thus more compressed than the upper lungs. This means that the air we inhale moves into the more open aveoli of the upper lungs where, unfortunately, there isn't as much blood exchange. This makes the process of respiration relatively inefficient. Unless we actively breathe in very deeply, we do not raise the ratio of air to blood in the lower lungs. However, during inversions, blood is able to surround and profuse the entirety of the lungs, especially the upper (better ventillated) lobes. This ensures more efficient oxygen-to-blood exchange and healthier lung tissue.
Inverting has the additional benefit of giving the heart a chance to rest. About 20% of the blood pumped through the heart goes upward to the brain because the brain needs a constant flow of nutrients and oxygen. As it is harder to pump upward than downward, a great amount of the energy of the heart goes into making sure that the brain gets enough blood. During inversions, the blood pressure differential across the body is reversed and the blood is able to flood to the brain with little work from the heart.
2) Relieves Pain