Anxiety is a very real issue in the world. We all suffer from anxiety in some form or another. In the US alone, it is estimated that nearly 40 million people suffer from anxiety related disorders every year. I’ve suffered from anxiety for a number of years and I have finally found something that helps better than anything else; aerial yoga.
Aerial yoga, or antigravity yoga, is a hybrid yoga type, which first came to prominence from 2011 onwards. It’s designed to blend aspects of traditional yoga poses, pilates and sometimes even dance techniques, within an adapted hammock, sling or swing.
Utilising a completely different muscle set to regular yoga, even for the theoretical same pose, and maximising the effects of gravity in a whole new way, aerial yoga is a trending workout that looks set to really take off. If you want to know more about aerial ygoa, here are benefits of aerial yoga and 23 things that a beginner should know about aerial yoga.
How Can Restorative Aerial Yoga Help With Reducing Anxiety & Stress?
The main difference between aerial yoga, and restorative aerial yoga is the height of the hammock from the ground. In traditional aerial yoga, the hammock hangs around hip height from the ground. In restorative aerial yoga, it hangs about a foot off the ground.
10 Restorative Aerial Yoga Poses for Anxiety
1. Aerial Yoga Downward Facing Dog
2. Aerial Yoga Lunge and Twist
3. Aerial Yoga Twisted Chair Pose
4. Sitting in The Hammock
5. Lying On Floor With Arched Chest
This pose is great on the joints, with no pressure applied. The movement is arching your chest upwards, whilst keeping the rest of your body, especially your legs, head and glutes on the mat. This helps people with lower back pains, or for kneading out knotted back from stresses of the day.
6. Aerial Yoga Lower Inverted Frog Pose
7. Abdominal Lift
Another great pose for people with back pains. Elongate your spine, strengthen your core, allow the blood to flow with gravity to your abdomen and head, and help feel better, stronger, and more refreshed.
8. Mountain Pose
Stretching out your core, and your back. Stretching out in this position is one of the most primal poses of all mammals, and helps us regain our self. You will need to trust me with this pose, try it out, and you will feel much better.
9. Kneeling Fetal Pose
This pose is excellent for taking stock, letting the blood flow through to your head and abdominal organs, and using the power of mindfulness.
10. Arched Back and Twist
This is quite similar to the abdominal lift pose but with a key twist (excuse the pun)… twisted the abdominal area in one direction, and using the top leg as a balancer. This clears toxins in the same way that wringing a cloth or a towel helps get out all of the moisture. Imagine you are wringing your abdominal organs of their toxins and allowing new, oxidized blood to enter and help make your body healthier.
So Can Restorative Aerial Yoga Help With Anxiety?
Yes, as described the use of gravity will help blood flow, especially into the digestive organs and brain. This can also help to increase the release of serotonin and endorphins to promote positive feelings. And to be honest, the mere fact that you are here, reading this, looking for things to help with anxiety, you will find that your anxiety will be easier to manage already.
Practising aerial yoga in general can aslo help you with weight loss. Read this article to learn how aerial yoga is good for weight loss and aerial yoga poses for weight loss.
Please consult your physician before applying any of the exercises mentioned in the article.