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10 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your World Upside Down

What's More Scary... Being stagnant in your old ways or flipping your perspective for a possibility of something great? 

PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

I say, f* it!! Let's turn your world upside. 

Here are my 10 Reasons to "Turnt it Up"!  

[Turnt it up] when someone does something so unremarkably amazing that there's nothing left to say other then them turntin it up.
  1. Give your heart a break! Would ya?! When you are upright, gravity pulls the tissues and fluids in your body downwards, including blood. In order to return deoxygenated blood back to the heart, your heart has to work hard to help pump the fluid upwards and against gravity. When you are upside down, you reverse the blood flow in your body and it encourages venous return – the return of blood flow back to the heart. As a result, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.

  2. Helps your lymphatic system. Inversions encourages the flow of lymph back to the heart. Your lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system. It’s like a big drainage system in your body, collecting extra lymph from body tissues and helping to fight infection. However, the lymph system relies on movement and pressure to move the lymph fluid. Inversions help encourage the flow of lymph back to the heart.

  3. Energizes you and builds confidence. This reason is less biological & more psychological. When you get upside for the first time in the hammock, there’s no other feeling like it. It’s energizing and makes you feel confident.

  4. Improves your balance. Inversions add another dimension to balance training. It forces you to learn how to sense your body in a different space & way (proprioception).

  5. Builds core strength.

  6. Forces you to focus.

  7. Releases your ego and helps you practice non-attachment. Inversions can be hard, humbling and tough enough. With the ease of the hammock, it allows for almost everyone to get upside with ease.

  8. Inversions in the hammock can help with vertigo and motion sickness in small doses. (Let your instructor know if you are sensitive to movement.)

  9. Provides a new perspective. Literally, flipping your view helps provides you with a new physical perspective that often flows into your every day life.

  10. It just looks & feels freakin' good!

PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

If you haven’t tried aerial yoga, there is no better time then now to try it. My hope for you, is to be challenged; mind, body & spirit. I invite you to show up, be present, and enjoy the transformative flight.

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What is all the HYPE about AERIAL YOGA?

Well..... I'll tell ya! Let’s just say the hype is strong!

PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

Without assuming you know what aerial yoga is, let’s start there. Imagine aerial arts & yoga had a baby…. Voila! Aerial Yoga was born! Together they have created a beautiful combination of fluidity, strength, flexibility, decompression & support. Imagine, once again, having a yoga strap throughout your entire practice, a yoga teacher adjusting you to the proper alignment getting you deeper into your practice or modifying it to be more supportive and gentle. That’s right, restorative aerial yoga is thing! It doesn’t have to be all flips and tricks, although those are very fun. Aerial Yoga sounds pretty great, ay?! Well…  it is sure is!

Aerial yoga, makes the impossible, POSSIBLE! That’s what flying in the hammock will do for you! Fearless flips, backbends, and inversions might have only been a dream before the aerial hammock, but are now beyond feasible. Like anything else, consistency is the key to success. You will take your mat practice to the next level with some pretty badass supportive movements.

Practicing aerial yoga will provide you with benefits that you don’t receive from other practices out there.

Here are my top 5 Benefits to Practicing Aerial Yoga:

  1. Decompression of the spine: Think of an inversion table but so much more fun & easier to get out of.

  2. Proper alignment

  3. Less pressure on the hands, neck and shoulders

  4. Enhancing your floor practice – Want to go deeper into a pose? No problem! Want to take it down 10 notches and have yourself a gentle practice? No problem. Using the aerial hammock allows the deepening of your practice and the support of all your poses.

  5. Inversions without risk of injury to the neck or spine. Regardless if you are a novice or an advanced inverter, getting upside reversing the blood flow is incredibly beneficial, including anti-aging!! However, we know inversions aren’t for everyone. Take your time and modify as needed.

If that wasn’t enough..... read my next blog for 10 Reasons to Flip Your World Upside Down

 

PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

 

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