I feel like it’s my responsibility as a girl who runs a health blog to continue to explore the great wide world of fitness and tell you what works and what doesn’t. So, dear readers, I ventured out to The Yoga Hangout and did exactly what you see in the picture above: hanging yoga.
What Is Hanging Yoga
It’s exactly what it sounds like. There’s a strap on the wall, and you do all sorts of yoga poses in mid-air using the strap in different ways. In my class we did a TON of suspended side planks and as a result it hurts to laugh because my obliques are so sore.
One of the moves we did in class was a plank/pike. We lowered the strap so it was like six inches off the ground, put our ankles in the strap and did a plank so our feet were off the ground suspended by the strap, and then proceeded to “pike” in a v-shape, keeping our legs straight and drawing our hips up and feet towards our hands.
Is Hanging Yoga Effective?
Yes. My sore muscles give this workout an A+ because you will use so many muscles you never thought you’d use in order to stay suspended and do yoga moves mid-hang. Hanging yoga is a good halfway step toward other forms of aerial yoga.
Additionally, the inversions of hanging yoga improve your well being by reversing your blood flow and improving your circulation, relieve stress, and clears toxins from your body.
I would recommend hanging yoga to people with some yoga experience, simply because it’s hard to do a downward dog correctly when you’re hanging off the ground if you don’t know how to do one properly on solid ground. Hanging yoga also requires a bit of core strength so you may want to do some vinyasa flow yoga before giving this a try.
What kind of weird workouts do you want me to try and review next?