Studio Quality Aerial Yoga Hammocks
Differences in Hammock Quality
One-Way Stretch Hammock ✅
A studio quality aerial hammock is normally one-way stretch made of nylon tricot material (as used and sold by Bend + Fly) – it has a beautiful stretchability sidewards, but little stretch downwards – meaning you can invert with confidence and not have to raise the hammock too high – a good feature especially if ceiling height is an issue.
Two-Way Stretch Hammocks ❌
Most aerial hammocks sold online (including the Aerials Australia and Crocox hammocks – which is pictured) fit into the two-way stretch category – which means they stretch sidewards and stretch downwards. The downwards stretch is mainly beneficial for aerial arts which feature drops, but they also can be used for aerial yoga, but you’ll need to raise the hammock higher to factor in inversions. Experienced Aerial Yogis can find these type of hammocks a little bouncy for waist high aerial yoga.
High Stretch or No Stretch ❌
Avoid hammocks made of cheaper parachute style material that have no stretch both ways – making it not comfortable and pliable for aerial yoga. Also avoid polyester hammocks and even nylon hammocks labelled high stretch – these are too bouncy and not suitable for an aerial yoga hammock, which sits lower than an aerial arts silk – normally at waist high.
How to Install Rigging for an Aerial Hammock
Buy Steel Rigging Plates $35ea
How to Tie or 'Choke' a Hammock
How Many times should you wrap the sling around to choke the hammock?
For commercial use you should wrap the sling (choke loop) 3 times around the hammock. The 3rd wrap will be difficult so use an s-hook to pull the 3rd wrap around. For personal use wrapping the sling only twice around is perfectly safe as it is a self-locking mechanism under weight. It is still important to ensure you have a long enough tail (fabric that hangs at the end after the choke) to avoid slippage.