*After I wrote this post, I decided to add this disclaimer at the top because this post is jibberish… I even say that towards the end, but I did my best to describe my experience sooooo yeah… enjoy… or don’t… whatever 🙂
I have never felt so free and relaxed, yet empowered and strong. Hammock yoga is like this magical little workout where you walk in feeling tense, sore and maybe even anxious and leave 75 minutes later a calmer, more aware human being. I know this sounds super strange and hippie dippy, but I don’t know how else to explain it.
Like I said, the workout is 75 minutes long and NOTHING like what I was expecting. From the pictures I’d seen, I thought it would be more like an areal or silks class. Lots of strength training while using the hammock as a prop, and boy was I wrong. We started off laying in the hammock like we were little caterpillars in a cocoon. We worked on our breathing and just becoming present in the moment. Leaving the outside world outside for the time being and just focus on the now, which is really what the practice of yoga is all about. Then we came out of our hammocks and did some light stretching and waking up our bodies. Our instructor (whose name I forgot) asked the class what we wanted to work on so she could tailor the class to the people in the room, which was great because I always need to work on relieving tension in my shoulder. We spent quite a bit of time on the mat with a ball rolling out our muscles, basically the same as using a foam roller, but we used a ball instead, which I actually liked a lot more. You could really pinpoint specific muscles and had better control with the ball vs. a foam roller. What was strange was that we spend most of the time rolling out our pelvic muscles, abs and obliques. I have never rolled those out before, and it hurt so badly during the actual workout but the aftermath was total relaxation. We also used the ball to roll out our neck, shoulders and back. Then we made our move to the hammock and just hung upside down releasing every single muscle and just focused on breathing. After we hung, we used the hammock to stretch out our hip flexors and this was an incredible feeling. I have SUPER TIGHT hip flexors, and pigeon pose in yoga is always painful and awkward but much needed. We did pigeon pose while standing with one leg in the hammock and I could have just stayed in that pose the entire time and would have been so happy. The instructor explained how the hammock helps our bodies stretch by using our natural form instead of trying to force our bodies into a certain position. I don’t really know if that made sense, but whateverrrr. After we did some more hammock stretching we hung upside down one more time before class was over.
I feel like this whole post is just jibberish, but I really don’t know how to explain what we did any better. I HIGHLY suggest you trying this class out though especially if you are one of those people who are constantly killing it in the gym orrrr if you sit at a desk all day everyday and your posture is compromised. I also wish I could better explain the feeling I had when I left the studio. Well, right as I was walking out I didn’t feel that different, but about 30 minutes after, I was just like gleaming. I was just so in the moment and aware of how good my body felt. Every single muscle was relieved of tension and stress. It was just this empowering yet calming sensation. I don’t know … like I said, you need to try it out to see what I am talking about and then you can comment with your experience because this is pure jibberish…