On your fitness journey you will be inspired to try new forms of exercise. Some of these experiences will be awesome. You will find new avenues to explore your fitness and develop your strength. And then there will be times where you literally think “wtf am I doing?” This was me with Aerial yoga.
To be fair, I have nothing against Aerial yoga for other people. There are many benefits to Aerialyoga similar to other forms of yoga such as flexibility and core strength. Aerial yoga also provides the added benefits of inversion, which helps with spinal decompression. Hanging upside down will also stimulate your vestibular system (the part of your inner ear that helps with balance). This can be a great way to alleviate back or neck pain, improve flexibility, get some deep stretching and recovery from more challenging workouts, and improve balance and inner ear function.
On the other hand, it might just make you nauseous for several hours afterward. This was the case with me. The hanging upside was extremely uncomfortable to me due to the intense head rush. I am not a huge fan of traditional forms of yoga to begin with (that’s right I said it) so I didn’t really get a kick out of being sick to my stomach in addition to doing yoga. This doesn’t mean that yoga or Aerial yoga is bad for you or you should be insulted if you are a fan of any of these forms of exercise. If you think that you could benefit from any of the positive outcomes I mentioned earlier, then by all means, knock yourself out and get your upside down yogi on. I will be keeping my feet on the floor from now on.