by Mary Jo Gruber November 02, 2020 2 min read

Inversions are a key component of most aerial yoga practices, but for many newbies they can be downright intimidating. Thankfully, there are a few mistakes you can learn to avoid, whether you’re trying to deepen your inversion practice for the health benefits or just to nail some gorgeous poses for your Instagram feed.

Girl doing an inversion on her Purple Aerial Yoga Hammock

Photo from @bekah_lael with our Galaxy Hammock

Not Trusting Your Fabric

Inversions require a certain level of trust and familiarity with your fabric. If you’re new to hanging upside down, consider starting with an exercise like cocoon or womb pose which allows you to sit comfortably inside your fabric. Poses like this will help you get accustomed to feeling secure and weightless in your hammock. 

Missing Your Sweet Spot

Once you’re feeling confident with your fabric, you can take it up a notch by trying a basic inversion such as monkey pose. First, always make sure you’re under your “plum line” or the point where your hammock is connected to your rigging. This keeps you from swinging out of control. Then, you can find your “sweet spot” or the place on your back where fabric sits. In most basic inversions, your fabric should rest on the lower part of your back or just above the hip bones. Placement too high on your back can cause pressure on your spine, while placement too low could lead to slipping out of your pose. When you’ve found your sweet spot, you can invert safely and know your fabric has your back.

Ignoring Your Abs

Getting into an inversion involves some serious ab engagement, but that doesn’t end once you’re upside down. Even in resting positions, ab engagement is essential for your practice because it helps protect your lower back and will make transitioning between poses more effortless. A great tip is to think about “zipping up” your abs by tilting your pelvis slightly under and engaging through your deep core muscles. This leads to better balance, reduced back pain and helps make your inversions smooth and seamless.

Girl doing an Inversion in our Watercolor Batik Hammock

Stephanie posing in our Watercolor Batik Aerial Hammock

Not Listening to Your Body

It’s always important to listen to your body, but that goes double when you’re upside down. If you’re new to inversions, it’s perfectly normal to feel dizzy or nauseous. Remember to continue taking deep breaths while in your inversion and to slowly come out if you start feeling uncomfortable. The more you listen to your body’s cues, the more you’ll be able to practice effectively.

Getting Discouraged

Aerial yoga inversions are a practice and they require just that! You may find that some inversions come easily to you while others are more of a challenge. Many people become frustrated and quit before they’ve had a chance to really see improvements. Remember to be patient with yourself and understand that progress takes time. Keep coming back to your fabric and you’ll find that the sky really is the limit. 

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, you can confidently take your inversion game to the next level. 

Mary Jo Gruber
Mary Jo Gruber

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Uplift Active Aerial Fitness Blog

4 Reasons Why Dads Should Try Aerial Yoga
4 Reasons Why Dads Should Try Aerial Yoga

by Mary Jo Gruber June 15, 2021 2 min read

Read More
Aerial Friends Are the Best
Aerial Friends Are the Best

by Quynbi Ada June 08, 2021 2 min read

Whether you’re dropping into a new aerial yoga class or working closely with another seasoned aerial artist, the relationships you make in aerial arts can bloom into something truly priceless. In this blog, we shared how having a BFF can help you flourish as an aerialist.
Read More
3 Ways To Clean Up Your Aerial Hip Key
3 Ways To Clean Up Your Aerial Hip Key

by Mary Jo Gruber June 01, 2021 2 min read

Hip keys on aerial silks are a foundational move that can be easily incorporated into your flows or routines to add an elegant, dramatic flair with endless possibilities. In this blog, we gathered few of the most common hip key issues and how you can get past them!
Read More

Join the Uplift Active List!

Studio Quality

Our equipment is top quality, independently engineer load tested and certified, and comes with a 1-Year Warranty. It's built to last for many, many years!

Fast and International Shipping

We can ship to almost every corner of the world! Plus, it's fast. We work with the best supply chains to get you your order as quickly as possible!

Expert Help

From finding the right gear for your space, to providing the best tips on how to use it, our aerial equipment experts are here to help. We also provide training tutorials to help in your journey!