The Swing in Yoga Swing

woman holding an aerial silkAlso known as aerial or anti-gravity yoga, yoga swing isn’t a new dance style; it’s a new yoga practice whose popularity is growing as it makes its way into yoga studios.

The yoga swing concept originated from gymnasts working on their aerial training. Apart from gymnastics, its movements have similar elements to yoga asanas or postures, along with acrobatics and Pilates.

Like other yoga practices, yoga swing doesn’t use many tools; its main tool is the hammock or swing.

The Swing

The swing is a yoga tool that provides you with a fun and safe way to strengthen any yoga posture.

There are two arm and leg handles on either side of the swing, with two additional handles at the top. These handles are height adjustable and allow you to support your arm or leg, depending on the yoga posture you’re doing.

Even though the swing works similar to a hammock, it supports your pelvis mainly, allowing you to move your body horizontally, vertically, or even upside down.

The swing suspends you in air, letting you to explore back bends, headstands and other inversions. It helps inversions become more doable, as it prevents back and neck compression, aligns the spine, and decompresses the joints. It’s therapeutic, as it allows gentle stretching and alleviates muscle and joint tensions, while permitting increased mobility and flexibility in the joints when hanging upside down. It also promotes good health, as it increases blood circulation in the body.

Even though the swing provides support mainly for yoga posture practice, practitioners can also use it to support their alignment when meditating.

Practicing yoga in a swing provides other benefits than those mentioned. In fact, aerial yoga training may even open the door to yoga for those who didn’t want to try it because they suffer from certain conditions.