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Aerial Yoga Poses

The Benefits of Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga is a fun and unique type of yoga where the practitioner works in step with a suspended hammock. This allows a unique connection with gravity in which truly remarkable positions and postures can be attained without difficulty. One can maneuver their center of balance, can swing about to stimulate lymph flow, and can easily achieve inversions. The Huffington Post takes a closer look at this new practice, and what all it entails.

Hanging Around

If you like yoga — even if you don’t do it that often — you should definitely, certainly, positively consider giving Aerial Yoga a try.

For me, aerial yoga was like normal yoga… times 10. Not times 10 in terms of difficulty, but in terms of how effective, fulfilling and calming it was.

Here’s how it works: You sit on a soft, fabric hammock that looks kind of like a long scarf. These hammocks are made out of special, high-density nylon material that can support over 2,000 pounds, so don’t worry – you’re not going to tear them.

The hammocks are held up by carabineers, support chains and webbing straps. You can adjust the height according to personal preference, or for better maneuverability. (Note: You’ll also want to bring your normal yoga mat to an aerial yoga class so you have something to stand on.)

Throughout the yoga class, you do various traditional yoga poses or aerial adaptations of traditional poses using the hammock for support.

Some of the most basic poses involve simple stretches while seated on the hammock, while other poses progress to hanging upside down and grabbing your thighs, ankles or feet for support and balance.

Why Aerial Yoga?

Aerial yoga offers many of the same benefits and enjoyments of regular yoga, but it also has some additional benefits as well:

Greater Flexibility. Since you have more freedom of movement, you can move your body into new positions. In some cases, this can result in a deeper and more fulfilling stretch than traditional yoga offers.

Better Focus. By putting yourself in a more challenging situation than usual, aerial yoga forces you to be more alert and aware of your surroundings. You will likely also try to concentrate harder because you’re not used to being suspended in the air during your yoga practice.

Strengthened Muscles. Because gravity is working harder on your body than usual, your muscles work harder too. Aerial yoga is also a great core workout because you have to engage your core muscles to balance and stabilize yourself during your yoga session.

Stress-Relief. Much like traditional yoga, aerial yoga is great for stress relief. Not only do you use poses and stretches common to other forms of yoga to relieve stress, but you also experience the joy of knowing that you did something new and exciting, which makes you feel good.

Of course, any kind of physical exercise poses some risk of injury. So what are the risks associated with aerial yoga?

Yoga to the People Yoga Studio in NYC

Bikram Founder Sues Yoga to the People for Creative Infringement

From DNAInfo:

EAST VILLAGE — Yoga to the People has been forced into a painful pose.

Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, creator of the worldwide yoga craze known at Bikram Yoga, has sued the East Village-based yoga studio, claiming its founder Gregory Gumucio ripped off his style by illegally using Bikram’s copyrighted poses and super-heated rooms inside Yoga to the People classes.

“The particular class identified in the case is a virtual mirror image of Bikram Yoga and it used virtually verbatim the Bikram Yoga dialogue,” Choudhury’s lawyer, Robert Gilchrest, told DNAinfo, adding that they sent an undercover investigator into a YTTP “Traditional Hot Yoga” class to inspect it prior to filing the lawsuit in California on Sept. 27.

The lawsuit accuses Gumucio of “nam[ing] the class ‘Traditional Hot Yoga’ in order to conceal the fact that the class incorporates and infringes upon, among other things, Bikram’s copyrighted Asana Sequence and Dialogue” — including a strict 90-minute regimen that follows a rigid format of 26 poses performed in a 105-degree room.

Choudhury founded Bikram — also known as “hot yoga” —in the 1970s and copyrighted it in 2002, as it skyrocketed to success and began being practiced by a host of celebrities, including Lady Gaga.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $1 million, as well as an injunction stopping Yoga to the People from conducting hot yoga classes.

It’s the latest in a series of lawsuits by Choudhury, who also sued Prana Yoga in Los Angeles in 2003, claiming copyright infringement similar to the YTTP lawsuit. Prana Yoga settled, agreeing to pay out “substantial monetary compensation,” according to a Bikram Yoga press release.

Vinyasa Yoga Poses

Powerful Vinyasa Yoga Poses to Imporve Your Practice

From Shape:

Vinyasa yoga is a great way to warm up your body and better refine the subtleties of your practice. Through this renowned spiritual endeavor you can easily reduce your risk of injury by first allow your body to ‘adapt’ to your style. This type of yoga has been used by nearly every Yogi the Earth has seen, and often integrates more as a philosophy rather than a defined set of poses. Below are some great tips we found from Shape magazine that help break down some basic Vinyasa yoga poses.

Improving Your Yoga Poses

It’s the job of a good instructor to remind students they can do more than they think they can,” says Kylie Larson, a registered yoga teacher and expert instructor for Yoga Download.

Taking a pose to the next level will not only build muscles in places you didn’t even know you had muscles, but Larson says it will also give you a mega confidence boost. “Many of my students are surprised at first when they can do the harder poses, but of course they had it in them all along—they just needed someone to give them a little nudge.”

Consider yourself nudged! We had Larson take 14 basic yoga postures and demonstrate how to amp them up. Now it’s your turn! (So why Om? We can give you 30 Reasons Why We Love Yoga.)

1. Pull-Through Tabletop

Begin by sitting on the ground, feet planted, knees bent and hands on the ground just behind your hips. Lift your hips until your torso is parallel to the ground, like the top of a table.

Using your core muscles, lower your hips down and through your hands, careful not to let your bottom touch the ground. Hold for three to five breaths then return to reverse tabletop.

2. Elevated Chair

From a standing position, lower your hips down and back until you are in a squat position. Keep your knees together and abs tight and raise your arms up on either side of your head. Slowly lift up as high as you can on your toes without losing your balance.

Lower down two more inches into your squat. Hold for three to five breaths. For even more burn, squat down until your bottom is almost touching your heels and then move back up to parallel, never letting your heels drop.

3. 90-Degree Extension

Start on your hands and knees. Raise right leg directly behind you until it is level with your hip. Lift left arm until it is even with your shoulder and you are balancing your right hand and left knee.

Slowly move your lifted leg ninety degrees to the right and your lifted arm ninety degrees to the left. Hold for three breaths then return to spinal balance.

4. Airplane Lunge

Standing firmly on left leg, tilt forward and lift right leg up behind you with arms by your side, as if you were playing “airplane.”

Bend left knee and lower down as far as you comfortably can into a single-leg squat while still keeping right leg extended. Do five slow squats.

5. Side Plank Knee Crunch

Lay on left side. Place left hand on the ground and push upper body off the ground, lifting hips until the only things touching are the edges of your feet and your hand.

Lift right arm and right knee, bend, then bring them together until elbow touches knee. Hold the side crunch for five slow breaths.

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