How To Hang An Aerial Yoga Hammock
Aerial yoga hammocks are quickly becoming a popular piece of equipment for yoga, aerial pilates, and general physical fitness enthusiasts. The aerial hammocks, also known as aerial silk, are lightweight fabric hammocks suspended from overhead points that allow the user to practice yoga poses and hangs, challenging traditional yoga and pilates ground work with a new sense of vertical freedom and aerial acrobatics. Here’s how to get started on your very own aerial yoga journey:
Where to Hang An Aerial Yoga Hammock?
The first step to begin practicing aerial yoga is to determine an appropriate location to hang the hammock. Aerial hammocks can be hung from an overhead structure such as a door frame, tree branch or beam, from the ceiling of a balcony or room, or onto a freestanding frame. All overhead points should be able to support at least 200 pounds, however more weight capacity is always recommended. It’s important to ensure the connection points have plenty of room to stretch such as a ceiling or balcony with at least 8ft of head space, or a door frame with 6-7ft of height.
What Equipment Do I Need to Hang my Aerial Yoga Hammock?
Fortunately, all you need to hang an aerial yoga hammock is some basic hardware and a few tools.
- Hammock Straps: These loops are designed specifically for aerial use and are made from 8 feet of ultra-high strength nylon webbing. Each strap has two carabiners and loops on either end for easy attachment to any overhead point.
- Hardware: You’ll need several sizes of bolts, lag screws and nuts/washers, which will depend on the type of overhead point you’re using (ex. wood, concrete, steel ceiling beam).
- Tools: Generally, all you need are a few simple tools to attach and replace the hardware such as a levels, drill, screwdrivers, hex key, and a wrench.
Using the above equipment, you’ll be ready to hang your aerial yoga hammock.
How to Hang an Aerial Yoga Hammock: Step by Step
Step 1: Measure & Prepare
Start by measuring the distance between your chosen mounting point and the location of the hammock, ensuring you have at least 8ft of headroom.
Step 2: Install Hardware
Next, you’ll need to attach the appropriate hardware to the mounting points (Hint: Use a level to make sure it’s even).
- For Door Frame or Beam: Use bolt or lag screw for wood.
- For Brick or Concrete: Use an anchor bolt and washer.
- For Ceiling Beam: Use an eye-bolt, nut and washer.
Step 3: Attach the Carabiners
Once the hardware is in place, you can attach the carabiners to the loops on each end of the hammock straps (one carabiner per strap). Make sure the carabiners are securely attached and are facing the same direction on both sides.
Step 4: Hang and Test
Now that you have both ends of the hammock straps connected, you’re ready to hang the aerial silk. Test the hammock by slowly pulling on it to make sure the hardware is secure before you start practicing aerial poses.
And that’s it—you’re ready to enjoy the freedom and challenge of aerial yoga!
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