How to Install and Use an Aerial Yoga Swing
Apart from flying in an airplane, I have never flown on my own, (of course), but if I had, then the aerial yoga swing would be the closest thing to what I imagine 'flying on my own' would feel like!
The Aerial Swing
I have always enjoyed the rhythm and motion of sitting on a swing, and well...swinging. Not only is the swinging motion relaxing, energizing, and soothing, it is also a lot of fun! I guess this is just one of those enjoyable activities that I never outgrew.
The Heavy-Duty Eyebolt
My enjoyment of a swing is the reason why I happen to have a very durable and heavyweight eyebolt screwed into the rafter at the top of the inside of my garage.
From this secure eyebolt hook (which I had professionally installed to manage the weight of an adult) is where I hang my Omni Yoga Swing. From the farthest, most bottom part of the fabric swing to the cement floor of the garage is about four feet of leeway, since space is definitely a requirement with using an aerial yoga swing. Of course, being this high above the ground is also part of the fun!
Aerial Yoga Swing
The particular yoga swing that I have is called an Omni Aerial Yoga Swing. It is made out of heavy-duty parachute material and has a trapeze device at the very top that holds three large steel springs. The springs enable the swing to absorb shock, especially when bouncing back and forth, between various yoga poses.
The trapeze has a swivel hook attached at the very top as well, which allows the swing to easily perform 360-degree spins. These spins can be controlled while using the swing to either go around in very fast circles or much slower circles.
It does take some practice to learn how to use proper body mechanics in order to have a certain amount of control over the swing, which in turn is what helps alleviate any fear associated with attaining skillful yoga poses in the air while spinning in circles.
Trapeze and Springs
Flying and Spinning Upside-Down
This initial fear that I am referring to is not caused from simply sitting on the swing while doing normal yoga poses, but rather from doing yoga poses in the air, spinning in 360-degree circles, while upside-down. Doing this one has to trust the legs to hold on to the arm straps tight enough so as not to fall out of the swing, but not so tightly that to interrupt the gracefulness of a smooth and relaxing ride.
It does help that before I ever even knew that aerial yoga swings existed, I had been hanging upside-down on my inversion anti-gravity table for many, many years, which made hanging upside-down really just second-nature to me.
A Safer Way to Install a Swing
Of course, most aerial yoga swing performers do not hang their swings from an eyebolt inside their garage above a cement floor. And I do not recommend this to anyone. Many swingers have a steel frame, which can be used safely and comfortably inside their carpeted home. From the steel frame hangs the swing itself, closer to the ground, and not as highly perched as I have my own swing.
These swings can also be hung on strong, thick tree branches, but this is usually done without the adjoining three springs, or trapeze, which enables the spinning motion. For these reasons I prefer to use the eyebolt set-up in my garage, so I can have full use of the springs and trapeze.
Countless Yoga Poses!
With some creativity, imagination, and even an instruction booklet, the yoga poses that can be performed on the aerial yoga swing are countless! I still appreciate floor yoga, but as I mentioned earlier, being on a swing, whether upside-down, or right side-up, is just plain fun!
Aerial Yoga Swing
Have you ever tried an Aerial Yoga Swing?
© 2017 Tamara Yancosky