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AERIAL HAMMOCK MYTHS




A few weeks ago, I wrote an article to help you deconstruct some pre-conceived ideas you might have towards Pole dance. Following this myth breaking format, today I offer to you the Aerial Hammock version of the 5 myths series.



YOU HAVE TO BE AN ADVANCED YOGI


You don't


Even though we sometimes hear "aerial yoga" when referring to the hammock apparatus, you don't need any previous experience.


You don't have to be a circus artist either. You will get strong and flexible with time and practice.


To be where you want to be all you got to do is start!


You can definitely find a class that fits your needs and your level.


Now, if you happen to have an aerialist or yogi background it will help you reach new heights faster, as your muscle memory recognizes similar patterns.


The hammock is there to support you and will act as a security while you're busy having fun defying gravity.


YOU CAN'T DO IT IF YOU HAVE SWEATY HANDS


It's actually quite the opposite... ♡


As weird as it may sound, having wet skin will help you stay more secure with your grip.


But if really you are uncomfortable about your level of sweat, you can always use hand grip aids like you would for pole, for example.


We also recommend taking off any rings or piece of jewelry, as they could get rip the fabric, or it could even destroy the hammock in the long run.


Do what feels the safest for you at all times.



AERIAL IS ONLY FOR WOMEN


Every gender is welcome ♡


If you're taking flow classes, you may need a little more grace and fluidity, which are traditionally attributed to femininity. In my opinion, everybody is capable of sensitivity if you let yourself feel the movement.


But also, there are a lot of different types of classes offered out there!


Wether you wanna focus on getting more flexible, more muscular, or you just want to relax and breathe, you will find something that fits your needs.


Explore... See what you enjoy doing, what feels good to you!




YOU HAVE TO WEAR SEXY CLOTHES


You have to wear something in which you feel confortable


Maybe this preconception comes from seeing photoshoots or professional performances, but when you're practicing in a studio you don't need to look sexy.


Tight leggings will help you, as they don't get stuck in the fabric as much as a looser fit would, but you can wear what ever sportswear you own. Even an old band t-shirt if you want!


Long sleeves are recommended when you begin, until you're used to the sensation of the hammock against your armpits and arms.


Studios are normally safe spaces and you're allowed to wear clothes that make you feel good.



IT'S NOT A REAL WORKOUT


Wait, what? ...


I mean, I get it, it looks like you don't really break a sweat like you would at the gym ...


But this is all about diversity in the movement.


An aerial fitness class will definitely confront your body, helping you gain flexibility and the strength needed to lift yourself in the air or even invert.


An aerial pilates class will challenge your level of stability in every movement you do.


It may not be a huge cardio workout, but I promise you every muscle in your body will be solicited.


The more you experiment, the stronger you become!


Do you have more questions or concerns about Aerial Hammock?


Is there any subject you'd like me to add to the demystifier's list?










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