SWING YOGA: Satisfy the mind whilst soothing the body

By Sathish Thirumurthy, a Personal Trainer at Fitness First Motor City

Swing Yoga has a number of benefits. It is very therapeutic in relieving compressed joints, it sorts out muscle imbalances in the body, and it acts as inversion therapy. The Yoga Swing is unique in that it offers you the ability to stretch and strengthen, but is also a therapeutic piece of equipment that can be used to practice inversion therapy which is ideal for gentle, passive stretching and traction of the spine.

Additionally, hanging upside down can alleviate muscular tension and pain as well as promoting increased joint mobility and flexibility, energy levels and circulation of the blood. All these in turn promote good health and well-being.

Swing Yoga simply involves relaxing music, a soft fabric hammock supporting 750 lbs and yourself. The hammock is a prop (like a strap or block) intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefits of spinal decompression. With the weight of the body partially or fully supported along with the help of gravity, you can explore and create space in your bodies as intended in traditional yoga practice. Without the compression of the joints and spine you can achieve proper posture and alignment through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced and unencumbered expression of each pose.

Benefits of Swing Yoga

  • Increases flexibility,
  • A boost in energy levels and blood circulation
  • Muscle imbalances will be amended
  • Calms you and lifts your mood.

You’ll be very pleasantly surprised by how relaxed and loose your muscles feel at the end.