A flying yoga session organised by the CV Division was held on 21 June 2022. The event was well received by ten participants. Flying yoga marries dance, Pilates, aerial gymnastics, and traditional yoga to create a unique antigravity yoga discipline.
Instead of a mat, flying yoga uses a hammock (also referred to as a silk) which hangs down from the studio ceiling. This makes it quite different from regular yoga, which focuses on finding peace of mind through a variety of poses and movements. Flying yoga seeks both physical and mental health as a sport. It was a wonderful experience, following the slight relaxation of social distance measures after the fifth wave of the pandemic, for members to get together for some healthy exercise.
During the event, the yoga coach led the participants to start with some warm-up exercise to prepare for the various body postures. During the warm-up session, participants stretched and “opened” their chest, shoulders, lungs and abdomen to increase their balance and stability before the actual session.
During the session, the level of difficulty slowly escalated as the participants learned how to rely on the hammock for their various posture through the one-hour session.
Other than stretching, flying yoga also requires flexibility and confidence to balance above the ground. During the session, most participants practised the butterfly pose, which is famous and achievable for a beginner in aerial yoga.
They were required to step onto the hammock and slide into a “butterfly legs” position. This pose increases blood circulation, helps decompress the spine, strengthens the muscles and is great for the joints.
Suspending on the hammock also improves upper body balance, which provides a chance to release shoulder stiffness or back pain after sitting all day in the office.
Participants were excited to master the body postures and got several wonderful photo shots.