If you have a hammock for aerial yoga you will want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you keep it in the best condition.
How well you take care of your yoga hammock will determine how long it lasts. If you take proper care of yours then you will maximise it’s lifespan.
The hammock needs to be washed quite regularly but there are some other ways you can keep it in tip top condition.
Here are a few things you can do to keep it in great condition:
- Don’t work out with jewellery – Rings, watches, earrings, bracelets etc should not be worn as they can damage the silk. If the jewellery gets caught in the fabric it could tear it. A tear in the fabric means that you need to buy a new one. Also if you got your earing stuck it could cause some pain to you ear. Others erious injuries could also occur if you wear jewellery.
- Try to avoid wearing lotions, body oils, moisturizers, and heavy makeup: The creams etc will stick to the hammock and attract dirt and dust. They may also make the swings slippery, leading to slips and falls.
- Keep your animals and pets away from the swings: Sharp claws, fur and drool don’t really mix with fabric. Think tears and slippery material. Plus you’ll have to clean it more often,
- Store your hammock properly: It’s best to store them in a cool and dry place when they are not hung. If you don’t plan on using it for a while – pack it away nicely so they don’t collect dust, dirt and moisture.
- Wash your hands and feet before your training sessions: You will be constantly using your hands and feet when performing various yoga positions. And these areas of the body tend to collect a lot of dirt. Washing your hands and feet before your practice will prevent the transfer and spread of bacteria to the swings.
- Keep Your Yoga Swings Clean – wash them as often as you can. Studios are advised to wash them every term. A similar routine seems like a sensible practice for home. Between each use just hang them to air-dry to remove sweat and dust etc. Regular yoga swings cleaning, fresh and well-kept will help to keep them safe, extend their lifespan and save you money.
If you do happen to be looking for a new hammock or any other stuff (clothes, online lessons, new moves….????) for aerial yoga take a look at our dedicated aerial yoga page.
Sophie Green has been pole dancing and aerial arts at home and in studios around the world for over 13 years. She’s taken a number of instructor courses in pole and aerial. Plus attended a course on rigging. She takes part in lots of exercise.