Looking to take your yoga to the next level?
Is that ‘next level’ in the air?
I hear you!
Anti-gravity yoga, or aerial yoga, introduces a whole new dimension to your yoga practice, literally.
But the best part, is that you don’t have to go to a studio to do it!
Introducing the best yoga swings of 2020 and a wee guide to get you started!
- TOP 9 Best Yoga Swings Reviewed 2020
- Why Buy a Yoga Swing?
- Things to Look For:
TOP 9 Best Yoga Swings Reviewed 2020
Why Buy a Yoga Swing?
Yoga swings aren’t exactly a traditional way of doing yoga.
But, they are a creative way of overcoming certain strength and flexibility limitations that can allow you to reach deeper poses in the air than you may be able to on land.
They are particularly good for backbends and often people find that they are able to complete poses that they’d been struggling with for a while on land.
Also, if you’re finding that you’ve been getting a bit bored with your other workouts and just want to mix it up a bit, yoga swings provide a great option for getting some strength training in. And if you’ve done any amount of yoga, you’ll already know that yoga can rival any strength training workout.
Yoga swings also create the perfect set up for inversion therapy that you can’t get from yoga alone.
Inversion therapy allows the spine to decompress, lengthening and relieving tension that can build up from standing for long periods or having bad posture.
Inversions also allow for everything to drain from the legs which can help recovery after a hard run or other exercises.
I can hear what you might be thinking…
I don’t have space in my house for this!
But, the great thing is, yoga swings can be hung in a variety of places, even on the swing set in your local children’s playground, or a tree in your backyard, or a doorway in your house.
SO, if you’ve been curious about trying one out, now you have no excuse!
- Inversion therapy
- Back pain relief
- Deeper backbends
- Deeper stretches
- Wide variety of poses
Things to Look For:
Most yoga swings have a pretty high weight limit and what might be more pertinent is where you’re hanging the swing from… but it can be a good thing to check for anyway.
This is pretty important for something you’re going to be hanging your body weight on!
But again, all good yoga swings should be made of very strong material and come with climbing-grade daisy chains and carabiners.
The best yoga trapeze will come with locking carabiners that won’t need replacing with stronger ones.
Handles or Simple Sling
This is a personal choice and will depend on how comfortable you are in the air and what sort of poses you want to be doing.
Almost all of the same poses can be done without handles, you just have to know what you’re doing in order to wrap your arms and legs in the material in a safe and secure way.
If you’re going to be hanging the swing in your doorway, having an adjustable height is particularly important or you may find that you’re not far enough off the ground to do anything!
The best yoga trapeze will come with a climbing grade daisy chain so that you can easily adjust the height.
Size of Seat
If you’re a bigger gal or guy, the size of the seat could be a pretty important factor in whether a particular yoga swing will work for you.
Some yoga swings sold for home use are smaller than studio ones, which is odd, but, it pays to check the dimensions if possible.
If you’re not looking for a permanent set up but want something you can take to the local park or away with you on your camping trip, portability and ease of set up could be pretty important.
Most yoga swings come with travel bags so they can be easily carried from place to place with the necessary equipment and hardware for tying it to a tree branch or swing set.
This is important not just for getting your money back, but because it demonstrates how much faith the company have in their product. A yoga swing is not something you want to purchase without a warranty of some sort.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably pretty serious about getting a yoga swing.
In that case, you may want to think about what flooring you have where your new yoga swing will hang. If you have hard floors, you might want to invest in some cushioned mats to go underneath you while you get the hang of things.
Check out our complete yoga guide while you’re here for a great foundation for everything yoga-related.
And if you’re in a market for a new pair of leggings to go with your new sling (leggings are possibly more important for yoga swings than they are for ground yoga because excess clothing could easily get caught and be dangerous when you’re changing position), then check out our list of best workout leggings before you go.
Alternatively, if you want to work on your backbends but think that something a little more at ground level might be where you’re at for now, check out our article on the best yoga wheels for an interesting new yoga prop that could be what you’re looking for.
What is a Yoga Swing?
A yoga swing, also known as sling, hammock or trapeze, is a piece of silk-like material that allows you to hang from the ground and make yoga poses in the air, or just hand upside down for inversion therapy.
How to Hang a Yoga Swing?
This depends on where you’re hanging it. The main thing is to make sure you’ve screwing into a stud if you’re attaching it to the ceiling of your home. Using a stud finder would be a good call unless you have an experienced handyman to help out.
Also, make sure the hardware is strong and durable. You’ll want long heavy-duty screws. YogaBody has instructions for both outdoor and indoor setups to make things easy.
Why Should I Use a Yoga Swing?
Because they’re really fun?!
No, seriously though, you can take your yoga practice to a whole new level once gravity becomes your friend and you stop fighting it. Plus the additional benefit of inversion therapy, it’s win-win.
How to Use a Yoga Swing?
There is no quick answer to this question. If you haven’t done it before, your best bet is going to a studio for at least one class before trying it by yourself at home.
How Much Room is Needed for Yoga Swing?
It’s possible to hang a yoga swing in a doorway, but you’ll be more comfortable if you can extend your arms and legs in all directions without hitting anything.
Is Aerial Yoga Good for Weight Loss?
This depends on what you’re doing when you’re in the swing. If you’re just sitting in the Zen position then probably not. But if you get into it and challenge your muscles, then yes, definitely you can lose weight doing aerial yoga.
How High Should a Yoga Trapeze be?
If you’re just starting out, don’t go too high above the ground in case you fall. A good guide is to stand in front of the yoga swing when it’s hanging.
The set should be hanging about in line with your hips, or a little higher if you want to do inversions.
Best Material for Yoga Swing?
Nylon tricot is the best material for a yoga swing for its balance of strength, silkiness and moderate stretch.
Excited about your upcoming aerial yoga workouts? I am!
Above is a list of the best yoga swings out there right now so you won’t have to look far before you decide which one to go for.
Have fun, stay safe, experience all the benefits of deeper stretches and inversion therapy together with your yoga practice, and be sure to subscribe while you’re here for all the latest on the home-gym lifestyle.