Aerial Yoga: Imagine yourself flying weightless with your feet few feet away from the ground. The sheer feeling of defying the basic law of gravity and bringing graceful postures in mid-air sounds exhilarating. Well, that is Aerial Yoga for you. Aerial Yoga is a form of modern yoga where a silk hammock suspended from the ceiling is used to support the performer while drawing various forms in the air. The purpose of the hammock is to help improve flexibility and build strength, while allowing a person to do more challenging poses Usage of suspension props in Asana practice can be traced back to B.K.S Iyengar who developed a style of yoga that used props to focus on structural alignment during 1970s. He was well known for ‘yoga kurunta’ or ‘yoga puppetry’.
This form of yoga used ropes attached to the wall to support and suspend inversion poses which later became renowned globally. It was in 1991, when it became famous and people started to get more interested in the form after Christopher Harrison, a dance producer, inspired many around the world to use a hammock as a tool for dance. It combined suspension, dance, acrobatics, Pilates, and yoga. This style of aerial fitness, left the room to adapt other styles that focused more on Pilates and yoga and is thus practiced at many places. Fitness is not just losing weight. It is much more than that. Strengthening the body muscles, with added flexibility and combining it with a peaceful mind gives a holistic balance to a human being. Aerial yoga is an extremely functional form of fitness that helps achieve the ultimate goal of a person – a healthy mind and a body.