You can work on strength, stability and flexibility all at the same time. The aerial hammock supports us, but it isn't fixed, so our bodies are always working to maintain stability. We can use the fabric to cradle us in a deep passive stretch, but also to work our active flexibility range, or even for resistance.
People of all sizes can enjoy this practice and it is very adaptable for injuries.
Inversions aid in lymphatic drainage, allowing the fluids that settle in the lower parts of the body during the day to recirculate - great for fluid retention and refreshing tired feet and legs.
The support of the fabric as we hang upside down can decompress of the spine through gentle traction and hydration of vertebral discs. This can help to ease neck and back pain. Unlike some traditional yoga inversions there is no weight bearing on the neck, and you do not need a lot of upper body strength to support yourself making this practice safe and accessible for a wide range of people.
We can use the fabric as a tool for self massage as we move. This can really enhance the benefits of each posture - and can allow us to release tension from muscles that are tricky to stretch.
It's great for your brain!
As we learn new movements we create new neural pathways and synaptic connections which increases Neuroplasticity of the brain (our ability to learn new things) - this is said to help protect and regenerate the brain as we age.
As we move the body through space (and upside down) it improves our proprioceptive and kinaesthetic awareness - I've noticed my own coordination has really improved since practicing aerial yoga!