Yoga Swing Exercises

Yoga swings are devices that resemble small hammocks, made of sturdy parachute material. Hung indoors from a bar or outdoors from a tree branch, they provide support for yoga postures, inversion therapy and strength-building exercises.

Supported Yoga

Used for supported yoga postures, yoga swings can help you to learn and safely enter into postures that increase your flexibility, balance and coordination. They can assist with gentle stretching, provide support during advanced posture training and provide an easy and relaxing way to enter into backbends, such as bridge pose. By placing the yoga swing close to the ground, you can use it to support your hips while your head, shoulders and feet rest on the ground. Use yoga swings for support while learning and building strength for inverted postures such as headstand or handstand, and difficult arm balances such as scorpion, crane, side crane, or firefly. You also can use them to support your body as you build strength in postures such as side plank or dolphin plank.

Strength and Core Exercises

Yoga swings can help you to build strength through isometric and isotonic muscle contractions. Isometric contractions involve holding the muscle at a constant length without moving any joints. By using the six adjustable handles of the yoga swing, you can work with your own body weight to perform these types of muscle contractions in the arms, legs, and core. Isotonic exercises involve contracting the muscle while moving one or more joints. Use the yoga swing as a support during push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and other exercises that help tone, lengthen, and sculpt muscles.

Inversion Therapy

Yoga swings can also be used for inversion therapy, the act of hanging the body upside down to achieve health benefits. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, inversion therapy can stretch the lower back and stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin, which are mood-boosting hormones. The manufacturer of the OmGym yoga swing says that inversion decompresses the spine, alleviates disc pressure, and enhances spinal alignment and posture. While inverted in the yoga swing, you can enhance spinal mobility by doing side bends and neck stretches, or clasp the hands behind the back to open the chest.

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