Aerial yoga with hammocks is gaining reputation in Singapore, due to its well being and physique advantages. By Nicholas De Silva
An aerial yoga class at Trium Fitness, with student Ong Li Wen, 22, displaying the candy cane pose. This form of yoga was introduced to Singapore in 2011. ST PHOTO: DAVE LIM
To the uninitiated, stepping into the Trium Fitness studio at Aperia Mall on a Friday afternoon might seem as if one has entered a casting call for Cirque du Soleil.
“Trust the hammock,” instructor and founder Dawn Sim reminds her students in preparation for the next pose. She reassures them that each silk hammock can support a 250kg load.
Moments later, the class of 18 people is in midair, a metre above the ground, legs outstretched, bodies parallel to the ground, imitating Superman in flight.
The move dubbed the “rocket” is one of many poses unique to aerial yoga, made possible by the hammock suspended from the ceiling.
Trium boasts 20 such hammocks, making it Singapore’s largest aerial yoga studio.
Aerial yoga or anti-gravity yoga is one of the later iterations of the ancient practice to hit Singapore’s shores.
The brainchild of an American, former competitive gymnast and acrobatic dancer Christopher Harrison, aerial yoga was a way to combine his two loves – aerial performances and yoga – and their union created a new form of exercise.
The regimen draws inspiration from various fields aside from yoga such as Pilates, ballet barre, calisthenics as well as strength and conditioning exercises. Together with the effects of gravity and body weight, which are emphasised by the hammock, a full-body workout is achieved.’
First launched to Singapore in 2011, the train has since gained appreciable traction, with a number of studios providing courses.
To cater to the rising demand, Trium has scheduled extra courses and has additionally created a sophisticated aerial class.
Prices for a single group session at native studios vary from $30 to $55.
Julian Poh, who practises at Trium a number of instances every week, credit the train for whipping him into form.
“Just doing it (aerial yoga) has proven effective… I’ve lost 10kg since I started (in January),” famous the 38-year-old gross sales government.
Besides offering a superb exercise, aerial yoga can be regarded by some as various pain-relief remedy for these affected by musculoskeletal issues.
Practitioners to whom The Sunday Times spoke acknowledged that they discover the results from aerial yoga somewhat shortly.
Michele Ong, who lately tried it for the primary time, seen the results right away. The 36-year-old portfolio supervisor has been tormented by again ache as a result of nature of her job which includes fixed travelling and lengthy hours sitting.
She stated: “After just one session, I could feel that my hip flexors were not so tight and my back pain disappeared.”
Sera Tan, 38, who has been practising at Platinum Yoga weekly for a few yr, defined: “You really feel it (the results) instantly.
“You do not ache that a lot (in comparison with different types of yoga) if you happen to do it correctly. You’ll sleep a lot better too.”
The demographic of each studios is numerous, with individuals from completely different backgrounds and age teams, though Carolina Lee, Trium’s studio supervisor, says most of its purchasers are PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians).
At Sim’s class, it is usually evident that age is only a quantity.
Montessori educator Chiara De Silva, who’s in her early 50s, was at her 6th aerial class, having attended repeatedly each week for the previous month.
“Aerial is simply so good for my physique, it actually stretches the muscle groups and relaxes me. It switches up my train routine and challenges my physique,” she stated.
The train with a carry additionally attracted Sumedha Hore, who was so delighted together with her first expertise that she signed up for a 10-session package deal thereafter.
The 18-year-old communications and new media undergraduate on the National University of Singapore stated: “I used to seek out different sorts of yoga boring as a result of they require lots of endurance however this (aerial yoga) was actually enjoyable as I acquired to hold within the air.”
Fun was not one thing Emmanuel Pelingon, a 31-year-old healthcare skilled who practises aerial yoga as soon as every week at Platinum, initially had in thoughts. He was apprehensive about aerial yoga at first due to his concern of heights however ultimately managed to beat it. He now makes use of it to enrich his gymnasium coaching.
“Building and strengthening muscle are 2 various things. You can’t get each on the gymnasium,” he stated.
He additionally refuted the declare that aerial yoga is straightforward, saying: “Once you are up there and inverted, you do not know the place your legs are.”
3 BASIC POSES IN AERIAL YOGA
Heavier use of arm energy and the core permits the participant to wrap his or her legs and physique by way of the centre of the hammock. Balance is required as soon as within the pose, so she or he doesn’t tip over to 1 aspect.
Using leg energy and a few higher physique energy, the practitioner pulls himself or herself as much as stand within the centre of the hammock on only one foot, whereas the opposite foot rests on the alternative thigh. Balance is required and if a concern of heights exists, that must be overcome as properly.
This pose is achieved by manoeuvring the silk hammock in order that the material covers each toes at every finish. The participant stands upright on the material and utilizing every arm to press aside the perimeters on the material, opens it as much as seem like the wings of a butterfly. This is a extremely good stretch for the interior thighs and requires a sure stage of confidence and arm energy.