This week I’m talking about “Having Fun”
I was going to dive a little bit deeper into meditation and its wonderful benefits in this weeks blog but after a fun aerial yoga class this week I changed my mind – let’s talk about having fun instead! I’m not suggesting that meditation isn’t fun, it’s all about having the right tools in your toolbox for every situation and this week we are putting fun and laughter in the toolbox.
Aerial yoga utilises suspended hammocks to support the body during the practice. I’ve been to a few aerial yoga classes before and know the benefits – the effects of gravity and the support of the hammock allow you to get deeper into postures providing a great stretch and challenge to the body. I’d forgotten though just how much fun it is and therefore the psychological and physiological benefits that come from simply having fun and letting go. It all ties in neatly to my previous blog where I was talking about relaxation and how we’ve forgotten how to relax. Similarly, as adults, we forget to have fun – everything is so serious. It’s good to have some childish silly fun every now and again!
In the aerial yoga class we were sitting in our hammocks as if on a swing in the park, utilising our core abdominals gently to get us moving but once we got going we were all aiming our toes up towards the ceiling, leaning back, remembering how it was to swing in the park, going higher and higher. Feeling a breeze across our faces as we reached higher and higher, willing our toes to touch the ceiling (I’ll just add that no ceilings were harmed during this practice!). We laughed at how if we’d been in the park the children would be giving us a stare to get off their swings!
We worked our abdominal muscles through the postures as well as through laughing. Releasing endorphins, the happy hormones that bring about the feel good factor and which counteract the stress hormones. And in aerial yoga you don’t just get to swing back and forth – there’s also the opportunity to hang upside down, lengthening & decompressing the spine, a wonderful feeling if you spend a significant proportion of your day standing or sitting. Utilising gravity you can find yourself in postures you didn’t think were possible. A session generally works into all of the major muscles – as well as some muscles that you might forget you have on a day to day basis!
You don’t need to practice aerial yoga to release the endorphins but find something you enjoy which brings about a sense of fun and laughter. But I can strongly recommend an aerial yoga class to connect to your inner child! It’s great not to take ourselves too seriously from time to time.
If you are interested to find out more about aerial yoga check out these wonderful teachers who run aerial yoga classes, workshops (and some also do aerial yoga teacher training) in and around Glasgow:
- Hazel Sheppard – Seasonal Yoga Academy https://seasonalyoga.net
- Angela Meiklem – Cloud 9 Yoga http://www.cloud9yoga.com
- Valerie Johnston – Our World Yoga http://www.ourworldyoga.com
- Melissa Anderson – Larger than Life Yoga https://www.facebook.com/largerthanlifeyoga/
Some of them will also be teaching taster aerial yoga sessions at the Om Yoga Show Glasgow (25th/26th March) so pop along and find out more http://www.omyogashow.com/glasgow/