Is your child is hooked on our amazing aerial yoga classes? Are they begging for their own hammock for home use? If so, this is the blog for you!
Aerial yoga gives children the feeling of safe, weightless flight. Participation in an aerial yoga class has a wide range of benefits for children of all ages, such as cognitive, neurological, motor, and developmental.
There are multiple therapeutic and sensory benefits associated with aerial yoga. Children are having fun while strengthening their minds and bodies. Yoga in the aerial hammocks is a great tool to regulate the central nervous system, increase body awareness, and help children become aware of their own social and emotional needs so they can self-regulate their behavior.
WHAT TO BUY
Single Point Hammock. Mindful Child Aerial Yoga uses the single point instead of a double point hammock. The single point allows for lots of spinning and hours of fun and is better suited for the style of aerial yoga we practice in our classes.
Swivel. Rotational devices or Swivels are not necessary for Aerial Yoga Hammocks, but they do allow an additional spinning component to hammock use, and they also decrease the force placed on the attachment point.
Mindful Child Aerial Yoga uses swivels in our studio to allow versatility with hammock use, full movement in all planes, decreased twisting of hammock straps, smoothness with movement and extra fun! Most kids love how the swivel adds a sense of flow to movement in the hammock and allows a spinning component, but some kids can be overwhelmed by spinning, which can lead to nausea.
WHERE TO BUY
Not all hammocks are created equal and do not move the same. Dr. Tracy recommends buying hammocks from the Mindful Child Aerial Yoga website. Sorry, we are a little bit biased. We use Yogapeutic hammocks, which have been safety tested to 1300 pounds. These aerial hammocks are machine washable and can be in the dryer for 12 minutes, which is important if you want to kill viruses lurking on the material.
Purchase One Here!
Or to buy a hammock on our website go to MindfulChildAerialYoga.com and click on “Services” a drop down menu will appear. Click on “Yoga Hammocks” and it will take you to our affiliate, Yogapeutics. We absolutely love our hammocks! They may be a little pricier, but they are worth it!
If you want to try another type of hammock Dr. Tracy has bought hammocks through aerial fabrics in the past. They are good hammocks, but require knots at the top, which can be tricky if you are not familiar with aerial equipment. This brand also needs to be washed and dried by hand so they require more work.
Aerial Fabric Acrobats Link.
When buying a hammock avoid Amazon and companies that do not specialize in aerial equipment – invest in a good quality hammock to ensure the safety of your child.
Once your hammock is ordered be prepared for reduced stress, improved happiness and hours spent moving, creating and playing!