Aerial Movement & Yoga

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To learn how to move your body freely as it wishes, with full support?

We are all pretty comfortable on our mat
But often we might like to welcome new tests and challenges. So, we’ve been exploring aerial yoga that is also known as anti-gravity yoga. This type of yoga is a mix of the art of classical yoga practice, in the air or on the ground, along with the art of aerial skills and movement with support. It could be frightening at first to get off the surface when we are so used to feeling rooted on the earth. Nevertheless, with a bit of practice, being hovered feels just as natural as being grounded.

Did you know ?
“Aerial Yoga” is a practice with a hammock, and the practice is focused on Yoga asanas and yoga flow. The “Aerial Movement” method is trained with an aerial trapeze and is focused on the free movement of the body with the support, the transaction between the Asanas, and the self-healing in the process.
Aerial movement is a variant of yoga and self-healing that you might haven’t heard of before. It is a unique technique of movement that allows the body deep stretches and free movement with the support of a hammock alone, or with additional resistance straps. By using the support of the hammock and the straps, we can reach many points and areas in our body that we can not attain in regular practice on the ground, or without the support.

The aerial movement practice carries a few angles of importance
• It is helping to release pain and can help with healing injuries.
• It improves our flexibility and general balance.
• It strengthens our immune system and improves blood circulation. 
• It strengthens the overall body and reduces stress in the mind.

All of that comes from a variety of ground and aerial exercises, that are combined with challenge and great fun.

∴ Aerial Movement Class In Goa

∴ What is yoga ?

Yoga is a union of body, mind & soul, a real connection to the here & now.

In yoga we are using pranayama techniques (breathing exercises), Physical Asanas (poses in yoga), and meditation to calm the mind and be connected to the moment and the practice, while learning to feel our body and better understanding it. Yoga goes way back as it is an old discipline from the country of India. Yoga is known to enhance the overall mood and health of the person doing it.

Today, yoga is one of the popular past time activities people are using. You can practice yoga as it’s a fitness practice, to get stronger, fitter, and with “better” body shape. But the real essence of yoga is way deeper.

Yoga is a real spiritual path that starts with physical practice on the mat or in the air and continues with gaining a lifestyle of general peace of mind, living in kindness to others, eating healthy, taking care of the body, minding for nature and other surroundings around us. It is a powerful tool to get the connection with your higher self, the one that is hosted in your physical body. Yoga brings you to realize that you are much more than just your physical body, and at the same time- your physical body is your gift to be able to walk on this earth, create your way, and experience life. So it’s our responsibility to take care of it and keep it healthy and strong at any given time.

∴ Aerial Movement Outdoor-Workshop

∴ Who can practice aerial movement ?

The aerial movement has no limit of age or experience
You can be a very beginner or an advanced practitioner who wants to achieve higher goals or to improve his Asanas performance. The Aerial Movement is not only suitable for yogis, but also for children of all ages, sports enthusiasts, dancers, football players, all kinds of movement teachers, and above all- people who have never practice any movement before. Beyond that, Aerial Movement is a recommended healing path for people who suffers from daily pain. furthermore, the aerial practice can come even as therapy after injuries such as back injuries, shoulders, legs, and more. We look at yoga, as well as Aerial movement, as our initial step in achieving a new life for us. Besides, you don’t need to worry if you are “not flexible enough”, for yoga and aerial movement.

That’s a good thing. Why?
The first thing to remember – Yoga is not only about reaching a goal, but also connecting with the process and enjoying it. Doing yoga and aerial movement does not only improves our health or mood, but it also improves our flexibility, in the physical body, the mind, and the soul. It may be difficult at first, but you’ll see that it will be worth it in the end. And in line with that, here are the impressive benefits of doing yoga or aerial movement.

∴ Aerial Movement Class @  Pilates Studio Rosen

∴ What are the benefits of practicing aerial movement ?

Fun, thrill and relaxation to your own time & in your own conditions

It allows us to feel ZEN
The definition of zen is feeling peaceful and relaxed. Doing mind and body activities can reduce stress levels, thus helps us to relax. Yoga and aerial yoga are great mind and body exercises that can help us to develop the sensation of Zen. With breathing techniques and body movements, our body will be achieving Zen, as well as our mind.Therefore at the end of the practice, we will be feeling light, calmed, and balanced.

It is super fun and relaxing at the same time
If we desire fun and relaxation, but also to move our body, then aerial yoga or aerial movement is the perfect embodiment of both. 
Aerial Movement is incredibly fun because we get to perform moves while in mid-air supported by a hammock, or even ground exercises with the help of the resistance straps. While performing basic to complex moves, and exploring our body without its weight, we also achieve mental relaxation and inner balance. This achievement is the essence of the aerial movement method.

It’s considered as well as an EXERCISE after all
The aerial movement does not only relax us, but it also strengthens the body and can be used as a form of exercise. Since our body is doing many moves while practicing aerial movement, we are doing cardio and even losing some carbs in our body. That’s a great substitution for extraneous exercises. While practicing in the air, we use all our core muscles and strengthening the overall muscular system, together with improving the balance in our body.

A wonderful mood and health booster
The aerial movement certainly helps us to develop improved health and mood. We are performing movements such as twisting or stretching while doing breathing exercises the whole time. All of these significantly activate the processes in our body and releasing good hormones. It also helps in terms of physical health as it keeps the body to be fit, flexible, and with good balance throughout the body.

You can practice it anytime, anywhere
While most of us prefer to have the teacher to guide us, some of us are ready or even preferring self-practice at home, in our own time. It is indeed much easier to just open a mat and practice yoga, but what if you had an aerial trapeze hanging in your living room? wouldn’t it be just the dream?

The Althea
Read more asbout the aerial movement and yoga trapeze for indoor and outdoor self-practice.

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∴ How does it work ?

A tool of healing, it has endless possibilities & ideas for practice
The support of the hammock and the resistance straps allowing us to focus on our body’s sensations and stretch our muscles according to our will at each moment.
While practicing aerial movement we discover the wonder of our own body, we learn our real body capacity and can improve it much faster, considering that the movement is with full support. We face fears and challenges through a wonderful aerial experience and incredible fun. The movement is very dynamic, so we can use it to our benefit and reach deeper to any stretch or posture.

Support for any condition – body & mind
The aerial movement, different from aerial yoga, is a method of free movement and it is about more than performing Asanas in particular. This means that even if you feel low energy, sick or injured, or your body is just not strong yet, you can easily practice aerial movement, and it is extremely recommended. Most likely, it will be the right solution for you even before any other practices available. Sometimes even just supporting yourself with the aerial swing, without too much movement, can give your body and your soul more profound peace. The support eliminates your body weight from the practice, or even use it for your benefits, so you can reach to deeper stretches and positions. Either way – you feel that you invest less effort than you are actually investing.

Get an aerial trapeze for self-practice
You can get yourself a hammock, or an aerial trapeze – which is a hammock combined with the resistance straps. You can hang it in your home, or outside on a tree, a metal or wooden structure. so it’s there for you at all times. You can even take it with you for a long journey on the road, to keep your motion free and your body painless, even on long journeys. You can always find a place to hang the Aerial trapeze to keep your practice.

Get inspired by online videos or join an aerial class
As for today, the aerial movement method is guided by Efi Love Light in Vienna, Austria. Efi is part of the developers of this remarkable method and she is also traveling around the world teaching it. In addition, those workshops are traveling with Efi among European festivals during the summer, and every once in a while in India, mostly in Goa, Rishikesh, or Dharamsala. Efi produces and sells global The Althea, a unique aerial trapeze with additional pillows and fabric cradles, along with her consistent guidance and support. She is also operating a Facebook page & group as inspiration for your self aerial practice, there she also always update on her next sessions and travel schedules.

An Interview with Efi

Aerial Movement & Yoga In Rishikesh, Pushkar & Dharamsala.

∴ IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SUPPORT

How can I know that Aerial Movement is the practice for me?
Have you ever felt tiredness or heaviness in your body? That it has limited motion at some moments, such as mornings? How about after a long day at the office, or a long drive while traveling? Most of us experience those feelings many times in our lives, sometimes even daily. But most important to know and understand is that we don’t have to live like this, we don’t need to wait until the energy will come back, we can create it slowly from within, by practicing movement especially in those moments of weakness. The best and maybe even the easier way to do that is by allowing the body to move with support.

It is constantly there for you
Imagine that – you are after a long day at work.
It is cold outside and rainy, you weren’t at home for many hours. Your body is stiff and maybe even sore. All you want to do is to lye down on the couch and let your body rest. Of course, you can do that. But what if you had something to hold you for a few minutes, right before you lye down, to stretch your muscles and run your blood, warm your body and bring it to contentment and free motion again? You can simply hang on the hammock, or rest on the straps and let your body move a bit, without your body weight. In a few minutes of practice, you can achieve peacefulness in the overall body and mind. The best part is that you don’t have to leave the house for this incredible feeling. Because the aerial movement trapeze can be hung in your home, in the kitchen, above your bed, or even in front of the TV.

Your life & your body are in your hands
Keeping daily practice of aerial movement can bring your body to overall health,
improve your blood circulation and reduce daily stress. You can feel a big difference even with a really short daily practice. Actually, even after one-time of aerial movement practice, you can experience an easement on your muscles and mind.