Like any form of exercise, yoga needs to remain interesting, exciting and fun if it’s something you are going to continue to enjoy practicing. If you are doing the same old routines each week and never mixing things up, then it’s only going to be a matter of time before you start getting bored and think about quitting. Fortunately there are enough variations of basic yoga practice for you to be able to switch regularly between a few to keep things fresh.
Among them, and growing in popularity right now, is rope wall yoga. Ropes are secured to a wall and you are suspended from them, leaving you looking a bit like a puppet. Here’s why you should give rope wall yoga a try.
Longer, deeper poses
With the support of ropes, stretching and strengthening different parts of your body becomes easier and more sustainable than when performing yoga poses on the floor with only a mat and maybe a block to prop you up. The shoulder stand and plow poses can be more safely undertaken with the benefit of rope support, and you can take those like the cobra pose deeper and hold them for longer than you could otherwise. By holding this and other poses for longer, you have time to focus on your breathing, increase circulation to the lower back and suspend yourself upside down without putting pressure on your head. All of this allows you to reap greater benefits from yoga than you might while gravity is holding you down to the floor.
For newbie yogis, doing an inversion for the first time can be nerve-wracking. What if you fall? It’s for this reason that many beginners take some time before they are ready to undertake their first inversions. But rope wall yoga can help you overcome these fears and get upside down more quickly. The ropes help you feel more stable and secure, and allow you to develop an enhanced awareness of your body’s orientation. With this taken care of, you’ll be in a better position to strengthen and tone various parts of the body.
A fresh approach
Quite simply, if you haven’t yet tried rope wall yoga, then that is reason enough in itself to do precisely that. Shaking up your yoga practice – just as much as any exercise – is essential to keeping it fresh, exciting and something you look forward to doing. Rope wall yoga is different enough from most other types of yoga that trying it will get you out of your comfort zone and remind you why you came to enjoy yoga so much in the first place. You never know, it might even become your new favorite type of yoga practice!
Whether you’re an experienced yogi who wants to shake things up, or you’re contemplating trying yoga for the first time, give us a call and see what we can do to help.