Across the world, there are literally millions of us who try out thousands, or even tens of thousands of methods or techniques to help with weight loss. These range from diets, to fasting, to belly belts, to exercise. One of the most effective AND most fun, however, is aerial yoga.
Can You Do Aerial Yoga at Home?
Aerial Yoga Poses for Weight Loss
1. Crescent Lunge and Anti- Gravity Warrior Pose
A classic in ground based yoga, Warrior pose takes a lot of balance and coordination. When you take away a ground base, this is magnified. Looking straight ahead, hold your arms steady and tense your core muscles for best results. Use the straps to shift the pressure of your body weight and using a spotter for your balance at first is a heavy recommendation.
2. Inverted Pigeon Pose
The biggest staple of tough, core working out moves in aerial yoga are inverted poses. Inverted pigeon pose allows for a deep stretch of your hips and also helps realign your spine, which is ideal for those of us who spend much of the day sitting behind a computer screen…for added effect, try the inverted pigeon pose with your hands in the prayer position behind your back. This gives your chest and shoulders a deep and satisfying stretch.
3. Aerial Splits Pose
It’s virtually guaranteed that you won’t be able to maintain this pose for very long the first few times. It doesn’t matter if you can’t do the full splits, use the yoga swing or silks to slowly guide you. Use your hands to control your drop and stretch as far as you feel comfortable. If you’re warm, you can push yourself a little further. Aerial Yoga Swings, Hammocks and Silks are excellent for improving your flexibility, so if you’re working towards doing the splits on the floor, then this is also an excellent way to start.
4. Superman Pose/ One-Legged Superman Pose
5. Mosquito Pose
Mosquito pose makes you look like an L shape, whilst being inverted. Essentially, it’s like sitting down with your legs totally perpendicular to your upright body, except your upside down and hanging in the air!
6. Vampire Pose
From Mosquito pose, you will then straighten your body with a slight curve in the back to move into Vampire pose. Not to be confused with superman pose, this stretches out the core, but also if done right, your upper body and back as well.
7. Arrow Pose
Basically, make your body a dead straight, vertical line, with your head at the bottom and your toes at the top. In practice, this is not easy at all. It is however, an excellent workout, both in getting into the position, and also maintaining it.
Please consult your physician before applying any of the exercises mentioned in the article.