In an exclusive study featured on the cover of their January 2016 issue of ProSource, The AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE) found that “regular participation in Aerial Yoga improves cardiorespiratory fitness and positively modifies several major CVD risk factors.”
While the Unnata® Aerial Yoga method is designed to deliver an authentic Yoga experience rather than being just a fancy exercise or fitness class, it’s reassuring to know that the entire Aerial Yoga spectrum offers powerful health benefits for its practitioners.
According to the ACE study, “sixteen healthy women between the ages of 18 and 45 years old were recruited to participate in the study, which involved a six-week intervention with three 50-minute sessions per week (18 total). The same qualified instructor led all sessions and one make-up session was available each week.”
The study goes on to report that “at the conclusion of the six-week Aerial Yoga program, there were significant improvements in the following cardiometabolic risk factors: weight, body-fat percentage, waist circumference, V• O2max, systolic blood pressure and HDL cholesterol.”
Those are pretty powerful results!
The researchers were especially surprised at the drop in blood pressure, since all participants had a normal blood pressure range before the study began. Researchers suggested that “participants found the Aerial Yoga to be helpful for relieving stress, and stated that future research to study the effect of this type of exercise on stress levels and mood may be warranted.”
The full article is quite technical in nature — it’s an exercise physiology organization — but we invite you to read it over on the ACE Fitness website.
Here below, is the final paragraph:
THE BOTTOM LINE: Findings from this study support Aerial Yoga as an alternative to traditional exercise modalities for adults, as this novel form of yoga yields metabolic responses in the moderate-intensity range. Regular participation in Aerial Yoga improves cardiorespiratory fitness and positively modifies several major CVD risk factors.
Stated simply, according to Dr. Dalleck, “Aerial Yoga proves to be a great alternative form of exercise with benefits in line with other, more popular forms of exercise.” It should be the goal of any health and fitness professional, Dr. Dalleck reminds us, to find an effective mode of exercise that accommodates the needs of each individual client or participant, while also being enjoyable.
You can also read/download the article in PDF format here.