Aerial yoga, also known as fly yoga, aerial yoga, antigravity yoga, yoga trapeze, etc., is a relatively new yoga practice.
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga that combines traditional yoga poses with the use of a swing.
A hammock or suspended belt is used, which supports the practitioner’s weight, allowing them to explore various yoga postures.
How long does the history of Aerial Yoga go back?
It is difficult to give a concrete answer as to the exact origins of this practice.
B.K.S. Iyengar is believed to have introduced to the modern Western world the concept of using ropes to assist postures.
In India, the sport of Mallakhamb, which uses a stick or rope, could be considered an inspiration for aerial yoga.
In the 90’s a circus artist began to use the hammock as a form of exercise and yoga practice.
Some swing brands were established in the early 2000s, while others were created around 2010.
How did I discover Aerial Yoga?
Based on my personal experience and conversations with colleagues, this practice probably arose simultaneously in different places.
In my case, in 2016 I decided to tie a knot in my acrobatic silk and experiment with yoga asanas.
I was unaware of the existence of this practice until a teacher introduced me to the Korunta-inspired Fly High Yoga swings.
That’s when I learned it was called Aerial Yoga. Like me, I met other teachers with similar stories.
Throughout the history of aerial yoga we can see how it has branched out.
It has gained a following among yoga enthusiasts and not so much, athletes and artists.
This is due to its unique ability to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness.
Aerial yoga has also been praised for its therapeutic benefits.
Help relieve back pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation and mindfulness.
It’s a fun and dynamic practice that appeals to those looking for new ways to exercise and explore movement.