Although pleasure and ease might not be something generally written about
yoga these days, it is worth noting that ‘ease’ is the opposite of ‘disease’ (or a
prolonged absence of 'ease' in the body which creates so much of our modern health conditions). Pleasure / Bliss is the deepest of the koshas, perhaps the closest we get to who we really are.
Any prop that brings people closer to ease and pleasure has to be worthy of investigation.
The Aerial swing is a prop!
It supports up to 150kg of body weight. It can be suspended at various heights off the ground depending on which postures one might be trying. In practice, the swing tends to start low with grounding and settling practises, before going higher for the more stimulating component of an Aerial swing yoga class. Then back low for more grounding. As a prop the swing assists alignment, deepens mindfulness and provides the immediate benefit of spinal decompression. Practitioners can explore and create length and space in the body. Without the compression of the joints and spine, proper posture and alignment can be achieved through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced and creative expression of each pose. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students. Whilst it improves flexibility, core strength and creativity it also makes challenging poses accessible, safer and more
The Aerial swing can enhance and inspire any Yoga practice – it is a wonderful supporting prop.
“The body is the prop for the soul. So why not let the body be propped by a wall or a block?” BKS Iyengar
or the Aerial Swing!