The History of Suspension Yoga™

Records exist of a 5000 year old text titles: “Kurunta Yoga” which references postures using suspended ropes.  Kurunta means “puppet” in Sanskrit. This text was later discovered by the late yoga master, BKS Iyengar via his guru, Sri T Krishnamacharya, and it inspired him to further develop this practice with props. The use of ropes is still being practiced at Iyengar schools of yoga today.

Inversion as a form of therapy also goes back to 400 BC when Hippocrates, the father of medicine, inverted his patients with ropes and pulleys to harness the healing powers of gravity.

Centuries later in the 1960s, Dr Robert Martin, a California osteopath, chiropractor, and medical doctor, introduced the “Gravity Guidance System,” the first compilation of scientific studies and findings on the benefits of inversion therapy.

Like its predecessors, Suspension Yoga’s™ primary function was and continues to be the development and maintenance of a healthy spine. However, through continuous use and exploration, more and more ways of applying this remarkable equipment are being discovered, almost on a daily basis. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of postures and exercises that can be performed on the Suspension Yoga™ Suspension Sling.

Suffice it to say that Suspension Yoga™ has become a hybrid practice that is no longer about yoga poses alone. It can be used as a prop to accelerate advancement of difficult yoga poses, as a portable gym for body-weight training, and as inversion equipment for spinal therapy and as an aerial sling for some inventive high flying fun!

 

Benefits of Suspension Yoga™

Suspension Yoga™ restores balance to the body making it more comfortable to move in any direction and explore the benefits of the more challenging asanas such as backbends, arm balances and headstands in a supportive and safe manner.  Joint care, spinal health, core development, sensory integrations, improved coordination and spatial awareness are just a few noticeable benefits resulting from introducing postural variety with traction on the Suspension Yoga™ Sling.

• Dynamic whole body workout
• Low impact cardiovascular conditioning
• Core strengthening
• Increase flexibility
• Release muscular tension
• Decompression and gentle traction of your spine
• Hydration of your vertebral discs
• Stimulates greater release of neurotransmitters in your brain
• Increase kinaesthetic awareness
• Fine-tuning of your balance
• Greater physical agility via proprioceptor response
• Circulatory, lymphatic and digestion systems refresh

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Pricing

 

2 Hour Suspension Yoga™ Immersion

Pre-requisite to attend drop-in classes


With the support of the Suspension Yoga™ Sling you will also be able to enter more advanced yoga poses that you may have never been able to arrive at before…safely. After 2 hours you will leave feeling invigorated, inspired, relaxed and yes, even a little bit taller!

Perfect for beginners and floor based yogis alike. This workshop, the pre-requisite to attend drop-in schedule Suspension classes, introduces safe and effective use of the Suspension Yoga™ Sling. Participants will discover how inversions and aerial movements decompress the spine, strengthen the core and achieve deep delicious stretches formerly only dreamed of. We’ll cover all the key foundational techniques to enable you to feel comfortable, confident and at home in your Suspension Yoga™ Sling! Exploring partial + full intro-inversions, learning fluid sequences, moving with breath and your floating savasana cocoon to finish…Expect to feel relaxed, lengthened and strengthened as you learn to fly and decompress the spine!

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