Everyone wants to feel lean and sexy right? These days you no longer have to join expensive gyms because you can easily get a yoga swing and trapeze stand in the comfort of your own home. This incredible new tool helps you gracefully stretch and build core strength while getting the added benefits of a high intensity aerial yoga workout!
With the proper swing and stand you can feel secure that you won’t fall on your head during pigeon pose. In this review, we'll show you the absolute best ones and why.
Quick Answer: 5 Best Yoga Swings
Our top 3 picks:
What Is a Yoga Swing?
A yoga swing, sometimes called a yoga trapeze, aerial yoga hammock, or yoga hammock, is used in aerial yoga as a way of supporting your body and helping you achieve positions that would be impossible from the ground. They’re usually made from a silk or silk like material that can hold a max weight of about 300 pounds on average.
While the materials are the same among yoga swings, there’s a variety of handle styles. Some use curtains of silk as handles while others may have one, two or even three sets of plastic with foam handles.
You might think you need a lot of space or huge trapeze frames to hang your swing from. But I have good news for you, a yoga swing can easily be hung on everything from a tree branch to an anti-gravity yoga frame and they can fold up into a tight little package that’s easy to travel with.
Despite looking super cool, the swing isn’t just about style. Aerial yoga has many stress relieving and health benefits. In fact, by using the swing as a form of inversion therapy you can relieve pressure on your spine and increase blood flow to your brain.
They're also a great tool for both advanced and beginner yogis. Since the aerial hammock can support your weight in sensitive areas, its almost like a scaffolding. It helps you avoid injuries by preventing overstretching or tensing up when you find yourself in a tough spot.
For advanced practitioners, the swing offers you the opportunity to deepen your stretches and practice the weightless art of aerial yoga. And of course, you can get a high intensity workout if you desire that.
The Benefits of an Anti-gravity Swing
Because you’re using a swing instead of practicing yoga on the floor, you get the benefits of both normal yoga and inversion therapy. You can do a full aerial workout or combine the use of your swing as a stretching tool while doing yoga on the ground.
The combination of exercises is endless since your swing can also be used in a similar fashion to a TRX and even be used for stretching (think bar class) and balancing exercises.
On top of the notable increased flexibility, more benefits of the hammock are that you can decompress your spine and relieve pressure from those delicate disks between your vertebrae. It's a perfect tool if you sit at a desk for most of the day.
You’ll also be increasing blood flow and oxygen to your brain and other vital organs. Every time you stretch and compress your body, you’re forcing blood and oxygen deeper into your organs and detoxing your lymphatic system. When you’re upside down in pigeon position gravity is pulling more blood down into your brain resulting in higher oxygen levels.
Beyond the clear health benefits, the inversion swing also assists you in deeper positions such as back bends. We all know how it feels to be humbled by the back bend your 8 year old niece made look so easy. And because the swing helps you achieve deeper positions, you’re building a strong core and elongating your muscles at the same time. Bottom line, if you want a lean and toned look, the swing can help you get there.
Who is a Yoga Swing For?
The good news about a yoga swing is that it can be used by both beginner and advanced yogis alike. And in some cases, it's even better for a beginner to go ahead and start with. Because the swing has many handles, ropes and the U-shaped hammock, it can be used to stabilize your body during hard moves. This is especially important when starting out because you may not have the flexibility or core strength to safely perform these positions.
How to Install Your Swing
As soon as you look at a picture of a yoga swing, you probably think there’s just no way you can have one at home. Fortunately, once these sweet little tools went mainstream two things happened:
- You no longer have to join an expensive Pilates studio to get access
- They became super user friendly and easy to install at home
The swing can be hung from a stand, an exposed beam, from the ceiling, from a tree, and from a doorway. These days there’s more places TO hang the swing than not. If you hang it from the ceiling just make sure you drill into studs and if you’re not sure how, have a contractor handle this for you.
Review of the Best Yoga Swings
Review of The Best Yoga Swing Stands
Our Pick For The Best Swing and Trapeze Stand
Every option in this review provides a good mix of affordability, comfort and quality. That being said, of all the products reviewed the top picks for yoga swing are as follows:
Both swings are amazingly high quality for the cost and offer the versatility to do both yoga and other exercises. They both include a nice carry bag, extension straps and as a result can be transported and used anywhere. The YogaBody hammock is our number one choice because of the 10 year warranty and DVD included with the package.
Our pick for the best stands are as follows:
Both of these mounts offer quick and easy set up and an affordable price. While the large trapeze stand is another great option, it didn't make the cut because, unless you have a large empty space in your house, it doesn't work well indoors.
The top two indoor mounts are multi-purposed (you can hang lots of stuff from them), they take ten minutes to set up and they don't get in the way at all. The JGS mounts are the number one choice because they can be mounted in the ceiling thus providing maximum space around you. The door frame bar is second only because you're required to use a door frame and thus you are limited by having a door frame on both sides of you.
How To Choose The Best Yoga Swing
Size of Your Yoga Swing
Yoga hammocks can vary in size from smaller to large. The largest yoga hammock on this list is the Healthy Model Life Yoga Hammock which has a 12.5 x 9.2 foot space. This is perfect if your a larger person or want a yoga swing that doubles as a hammock that you can comfortably lie and read in.
Another factor to consider beyond the actual hammock size is whether or not the swing is adjustable height. Most of them hang low from your ceiling but as long as you make sure its adjustable before you buy, you'll be fine.
What Are You Using The Yoga Swing For?
Although its not a critical factor since most yoga swings serve multiple purposes, you may want to consider what you're using the swing for. This can play a role in how you mount your swing, the actual model of swing you purchase and the dimensions of your swing.
If you're doing aerial yoga, you may want to try a larger swing with silk handles. If you're dealing with back pain and want a swing that's ideal for someone with limited movement, consider a swing with handles to help you up and out of your inversion. And along the same lines, if you're inverting, you may want a taller trapeze stand such as the YogaBody Trapeze Stand which gives you more height to invert.
Portability Of Your Swing
Most yoga hammocks fold up into a tiny little package that can fit in your purse or backpack. So if you're someone who travels often, prefers to do outdoor aerial yoga or just wants a swing you can take down and store in the closet, make sure yours has that functionality.
Can it Support Your Weight?
Before settling on your final purchase, you'll want to check the weight limit on your swing. While many hammocks can support 300+ lbs., the handles may not be able to support that much weight without breaking.
Its a good idea to check out the reviews before purchasing but the YogaBody Naturals Trapeze Stand (our top choice) has a 10 year warranty and no issues with the handles so far. But if something did happen with the handle, you could always send it in for a replacement. Also consider the weight limit of the hammock itself before purchasing since that's the part that takes the majority of your weight.
Does Your Yoga Swing Have a Warranty?
Even though we don't anticipate our new purchase breaking, a nice warranty always helps you feel more secure. Yoga swings are designed to be durable so they can support your full weight while moving and performing aerial yoga. As a result, its not likely the actual swing will break. But the handles and other parts could break which would make your swing less convenient. With that said, you may want to check the warranty before buying.