Aerial Yoga Flow – Intermediate Sequence – Jost Blomeyer (4 min.)
▸ Some exercises with the Aerial Yoga hammock: from simple to challenging!
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Aerial Yoga is practised in an aerial arts fabric as used, for example, by the Cirque du Soleil.
The knotted hammock ends are fastened with aluminium carabiners to the extension straps (daisy chains) with which you can set the height. Depending on the ceiling construction, the steel swing hooks can be screwed straight into the ceiling or they may need an extra support. The hammocks can be fastened to one or two hooks. With two hooks you can do a lot more exercises. If you are interested in an Aerial Yoga teacher training course, you should therefore clarify whether it is executed on two hooks and if the teacher is trained in this technique.
You want to get your own Aerial Yoga hammock or equip a whole studio?
How much does an Aerial Yoga hammock cost and where can I buy it for a favourable price?
Here you will find all the information you need to purchase*, install and maintain an Aerial Yoga hammock:
Here is a selection:
– Aerial Yoga hammock (5m) without accessories starting from 30 US-Dollars (Aliexpress)
– Aerial Yoga kit containing a hammock made of nylon (5m) , carabiners, daisy chains, ceiling hooks and screws for concrete starting from 60 US-Dollars (Aliexpress)
– Aerial Yoga kit containing a hammock made of nylon (5m) , carabiners, daisy chains, mounting plates and screws for concrete (Amazon)
– Aerial Yoga kit containing a hammock made of nylon (4m length!), carabiners, daisy chains and runners (Amazon)
Aerial Yoga hammocks by the meter for individual lengths with very high ceilings can be found here:
– Aerial Yoga hammocks by the meter starting from 15 US-Dollar (Aliexpress)
Certifications for the tested safety of Aerial hammocks are unnecessary, because the tensile strength of nylon is anyway so great that you can tow a car (about a ton of weight) with a pair of simple nylon tights. Here you can watch the experimental video. Even with runs and holes a hammock will carry you safely, but it should then be mended or replaced. A hammock has far too much material to break from exercising Aerial Yoga. But it is possible that a hook comes off the ceiling, if it was installed sloppily or if the ceiling has a poor load-bearing capacity. Therefore, a professional craftsman should install the hooks and if necessary, the load-bearing capacity of the ceiling should be checked by a structural engineer before installation. This is especially true if you want to equip your yoga studio with Aerial Yoga hammocks. How your ceiling is designed and whether the installation of the hooks is carried out professionally, is crucial for safety.
Ceiling heights up to 2,50 m = Hammock length 4 m
Ceiling heights up to 3,25 m = Hammock length 5 m
Ceiling heights up to 3,75 m = Hammock length 6 m
Ceiling heights up to 4,25 m = Hammock length 7 m
– Aerial Yoga hammocks by the meter starting from 15 US-Dollar (Aliexpress)
Depending on how you knot the ends of the hammock, you need different amounts of fabric. You need a bit more for the Bowline knot (Palstek) than for the overhand knot. You will need even less fabric for the sling knot. For this you need to buy extra slings (a.k.a. runners) and it does not look as pretty as the Bowline knot. Below you can find video tutorials on different knots commonly used in Aerial Yoga.
For Aerial Yoga the vertical aerial fabric is hung like a swing at both ends. The fabric is woven so that it can be stretched only into the cross direction. You can then comfortably lay down in it, like in a hammock, which is why it is also referred to as an “Aerial Yoga hammock”. Aerial Yoga Hammock (Amazon)
Normal daisy chains are usually sufficient for Aerial Yoga. However, if you want to do very dynamic drops or just prefer extreme heavy usage equipment, you can also use so-called safety or multi-chains. Here every single sling has a very high load-bearing capacity of about 24 kN: Safety Chain (Amazon)
In order to attach the knotted ends of the hammock to the daisy chains, you can use the cheaper carbines made of aluminum: Aluminium Carabiner (Amazon)
Aluminium Carabiner (4 pack) with 25 KN: Aluminium Carabiner, 4 pack (Amazon)
In a wooden beam ceiling, the attachment is difficult because you have to first locate a beam in which the hooks are anchored. The beams often can not be seen since the ceiling is usually plastered from below. Also, a wooden beam can be damaged by pest infestation.
If steel beams with an I-profile are present in the room, you can simply attach beam clamps to the lower flange and then hook the carabiners with the Aerial Yoga hammock into them. Steel beam clamps (TÜV-tested) can be found here: Beam Clamp (Amazon)
The fully assembled Aerial rigging should have sufficient capacity for swinging with one person in the Aerial hammock. So-called “anchor devices for persons” are regulated in the European DIN EN 795 A. This standard regulates safety devices, for example for craftsmen working on the roof. According to our knowledge, there are no special standards for permanent loads such as in Aerial Yoga, nor any special products with building inspectorate approval from the German Institute for Building Technology. There are only TÜV / GS certifications for products such as carabiners and swing hooks used to hang the Aerial Yoga Hammock. The nylon hammock anyway has more than sufficient load capacity for Aerial Yoga (see above). If you would like to equip your yoga studio with Aerial Yoga rigging, it is best to state in writing the intended use and compliance with existing standards when instructing craftsmen, and have them confirmed in the bill text.
If you rent your flat, you may need the consent of your landlord, if you plan to make structural changes.
The two hooks are installed in shoulder-width distance (about 55 cm or 22 inches).
Pair of Swing Hooks (TÜV-tested): Pair of Swing Hooks (Amazon)
Swing Hook with Wheel Track Bearing (TÜV-tested): Swing Hook (Amazon)
Universal Ceiling Mount (one arch on a steel plate): Ceiling Mount (Amazon)
X Mount (two arches on a steel plate): X Mount (Amazon)
Professional aerial artists rather use the one-point rigging, where they can not not swing so controlled in one direction, but spin easier around the plumb line. The following mounts are suitable for this purpose:
Delta-Swivel (for better spinning): Swivel (Amazon)
Swing Hook with an additional Swivel: Swing Hook with Swivel (Amazon)
A larger mobile aluminium frame for a single person can be purchased here: Mobile Aerial Yoga Frame (X-Pole)
For studios that do not have a concrete ceiling, a steel frame from the Functional Training Company (former: Transatlanitc Fitness) is a possible solution: Tf-studiosysteme
Larger professional mobile frames for outdoor use or performances can be found here: circuspex.co.uk
There are also special hammock straps available: Hammock Straps for Trees (Amazon)
ATTENTION: The load-bearing capacity of a branch can sometimes be very difficult to assess. It depends among others on the tree species and the grain of the wood. Also, a tree can be sick or rotten. Be careful and note that we can not assume any liability for the accuracy of our informations and your safety.
Some people wear fingerless sports gloves for Aerial Yoga because then the hands are then padded and you have a good grip: Sports Gloves (Amazon)
For some exercises it will be more comfortable, if your knees are covered. Ladies’ Pants (Amazon)
Smaller holes can also be mended with nylon or polyamide yarn: Polyamide Yarn (Amazon)
Remove the carabiners or slings (runners) before washing and untie the knots. (However, you can also wash the hammock without removing the slings or untying the knots, if you do not want to make new knots every time you wash the hammocks.)
Do not use fabric softeners or bleaching agents. Just use regular washing powder. Rinse the Aerial Silks with cold water and spin in a low gear.
Remove the hammock and shake it off lightly before tumbling it dry it in the gentle program for about 20 minutes. Allow the fabric to cool and shake it again before putting it back in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Do not leave the Aerial Hammock in the dryer afterwards. When the fabric has completely dried, shake it out once more, knot the ends, and hang it up again. Avoid direct sunlight and remember that colors can also bleach over time due to indirect light.
If children use the Aerial Hammock you can place a thick, foldable gym mat on the ground: Gym Mat (Amazon)
– Aerial Yoga: Schwerelos glücklich: Grundlagen und Übungen für Einsteiger (Amazon)
– Aerial Dance for Dancers – Hammock: Technique & Syllabus Level 1 (Amazon)
– Beginner Aerial Silks Pose Guide – The Aerial Attitude (Amazon)
– Aerial Yoga: The Low Fly Zone – The Aerial Attitude, Volume 2 (Amazon)
– Beginners Guide to Aerial Silk (Amazon)
– Intermediate Guide to Aerial Silk (Amazon)
– Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to Strength, Flexibility, Training, and Injury Prevention (Amazon)
– Soaring with the Soul: An Aerial Yoga Guide (Amazon)
Video tutorials about Aerial Yoga knots:
Aerial Yoga Knots – Bowline (Palstek)
▸ Learn to tie different Aerial Yoga hammock knots. Part 1: Bowline (Palstek)
Aerial Yoga Knots – Overhand Knot
▸ Learn to tie different Aerial Yoga hammock knots. Part 2: Overhand Knot
Aerial Yoga Knots – Sling Knot
▸ Learn to tie different Aerial Yoga hammock knots. Part 3: Sling Knot
Aerial Yoga Knots – Prusik Knot
▸ Learn to tie different Aerial Yoga hammock knots. Part 4: Prusik Knot
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