The New Year is the perfect time to try something new just for you. If you live in St Albans or Harpenden you have a huge range of activities on your doorstep. If you like yoga but want to try something new, how about getting aerial in St Albans or Harpenden.
Ariel Yoga is a relatively new fusion of aerial arts, traditional yoga and Pilates. As a practice, it offers an amazing new way to stretch, strengthen and relax. The difference is that you are supported in classes by a silky fabric hammock. The hammock helps you defy gravity to create shapes, postures and poses either on the ground or in the air.
Ariel yoga classes are held in Harpenden at The Grove Junior School in Southdown, Harpenden. Aerial Yoga with Ali run hour-long classes or a 30-minute taster sessions. The hour-long classes currently run on Sundays from 10.30-11.30am and Monday from 7.15-8.15pm. FREE 30-minute taster sessions are held on the second Sunday of every month from 11.45am-12.15pm.
Aerial Yoga claims to benefit the body by decompressing the spine in particular. The chance to hang freely allows the spine to lengthen and the vertebrae to decompress evidence can be found in ‘Inverted Spinal Traction’ published in Arch Phys. Medical Rehab 59: 367-370, Aug 78. The physiotherapist LJ Nosse found that inverting and decompression of the spine decreases muscle tension by over 35% within the first 10 seconds.
Having the support of a hammock also helps you move freely in the air and explore poses with much less stress on the joints and tendons. Aerial yoga experts also say because gravity is working harder on your body, it helps you engage and utilise muscles you may not realise you had. Alongside the many of the traditional benefits of yoga, it is also lots of fun, hanging upside down can bring a bit more childlike joy to your Harpenden or St Alban's life.