Top 8 Best Yoga Swing Stands & Setups For Aerial Yoga
It’s time for your own yoga swing set up…
You may have been to a studio recently and want to save some money by having your own set up at home.
Or you may want some gentle inversion therapy to help with your back.
No matter the reason, I’ve tracked down the best yoga swing stands and setups you should consider.
What follows is my own research I’ve done while looking into having an aerial yoga set up at home.
I’ll address some common questions as we go through this list so you can have a full understanding of what you need to pay attention to before you buy.
Let’s jump right in with the top choice!
This is hands-down the best swing stand you could ask for.
The only small problem is that it’s REALLY big. Which is a good thing because you want to have the space to not bonk your head when you are upside down. It’s just not ideal for indoor setups.
Nonetheless, if you have a large back patio or a room with vaulted ceilings then you’ll love the durability and safety of this stand.
It’s really nice to take this setup out to a park with a friend or two and enjoy the sun while playing around with your aerial skills.
In case you are brand new to this world, here’s an obvious question.
What Do You Do In A Yoga Swing?
Having a yoga swing allows you to practice many yoga postures you would do on a yoga mat, but with the absence of gravity.
This allows you to enjoy some yoga poses you may not have been able to do in the past due to strength or flexibility issues. Furthermore, yoga swings are also good for certain backbending poses that may help with back pain.
What Is the Best Yoga Swing?
The YOGABODY Trapeze Pro has established itself as the industry standard for yoga swings.
From the material the silks are made from, to the firm grip of all 6 handles you’ll enjoy the overall feel and stability of this product.
Granted, the term “best” is relative to the end user, so let’s take a look at a few yoga swings - starting with the best first...
Top Yoga Swing
If you want the complete setup then grab both the YOGABODY stand and this swing. This brand is at the top of their game in more ways than one…
First off, they know their customer. You don’t just slap together a bunch of material, rubber, hooks, then stitch it altogether and sell it to hapless yogis… No, you listen to customer feedback, make it better and create a quality product.
Second, they care! I’ve heard nothing but good things when it comes to customer service. They are prompt, helpful, and willing to do what it takes to ensure you are supported in your purchase.
At this point you may be curious about why so much thought and design goes into these setups… Let’s address an obvious yet serious question.
Are Yoga Swings Safe?
Yes, yoga swings are just as safe as the individual using it. However, you may want to avoid using one if…
- Your Chiropractor advises against it
- You have high blood pressure
- You have glaucoma
- Easily prone to migraines
Overall, be cognizant when you first use your swing. The most common injury isn’t from falling, but from someone bending too far, and hurting their lower back.
Many people seek yoga swings for the anti gravity benefits, but often their excitement gets the better of themselves and they end up in a compromising situation.
Is Anti-Gravity Yoga Good For You?
Yes, it can be. As long as you practice it safely. The main benefit lies in creating traction in your spine. The gentle separation of the discs in your spine can help to alleviate pain and even slowly help with your overall alignment.
This is all pending that you have a medical professional who is familiar with your conditions and clears you for a basic yoga practice and doing inversions.
Here we have another swing set up that’s really good.
The Yoga4You swing has extension straps that make it easy to hang your swing higher or even wider if you wanted to.
Everyone will have different things to contend with. How tall are you? How tall is your ceiling? What’s the width of your back patio space?
For those who have really high ceilings then this would be my go-to choice for a yoga swing setup.
Which brings us to another question...
How Much Room Do You Need For a Yoga Swing?
It’s best to aim for about 9 feet of space. This means 9 feet from the ground to the ceiling and enough space all around you to swing your arms and legs freely, again, about a 9 foot diameter is plenty of space.
This way you’ll have 4.5 feet in front of you and 4.5 feet behind you to lay out length wise, practice the splits, or any other postures.
This above is best practices for people who are above 6 feet tall. You wouldn’t want your head dragging on the ground, would you?
If you are under 6 foot tall you may be able to get away with having a swing in your doorway, however I’m not sure you would want to.
The real question is this… Will it work in most houses that have standard 8 foot high ceilings?
And the answer is, yes. You can make it work, You’ll just have to pay close attention to how tall you are, where the swing sits, and how much lag there is at the top of the swing.
You should keep in mind the swing seat size and the padding on the handles when getting a yoga swing.
The UpCirceSeven delivers well on both of these fronts. If you have a larger bottom then you’ll enjoy the bigger seat of this swing. It’s just a bit more spacious than other models.
Some people also have issues with handles digging into their hands and/or feet too much when practicing aerial yoga. The amount of padding on the handle is vital and this swing set really comes through in that area as well.
How Far Apart Are Yoga Swings?
It’s best to hang a yoga swing 16” apart. You can get away with 24” but it might feel a bit odd at first.
These are the two distances most ceiling beams/studs will be. If you are not familiar at all with mounting heavy things from your ceiling then you’re probably going to need some help.
If you are roughly under five and half feet with a small to medium build then you’ll really enjoy this swing.
Based on my research and a few dozen reviews I’ve seen, the CO-Z has not done well for people who are tall and wide set. It has however, done really well for people who are of smaller builds.
Granted, this is all hard to qualify… A lot of this just has to do with feel. Does it jut into your back in an odd way? Does it dig into your hands too much? While this swing will support up to 600lbs, it is generally preferred for folks with smaller builds.
Speaking of support, let’s talk about hanging your swing...
How Do You Hang A Yoga Swing?
Hanging your swing is relatively easy, you’ll probably just need a latter.
You’ll naturally want to pay attention when hanging your swing because you don’t want to attach something wonky and end up flying out of your hammock mid practice.
This video explains the best way to hang your swing.
Naturally that’s if you already have the hanging system installed…
Here are a few hardware options you should look at for getting your new aerial yoga stand in place.
Best Swing Attachments
This installation kit could easily be used for something more industrial than an aerial yoga swing. Even though it may be a touch overkill, it’s 100% safe for a home set up.
Keep something in mind when using one of these kits. You won’t have to worry about the hardware itself breaking, rather the beam it’s attached too might break.
That’s not a very common issue, but it has been known to happen. It’s best to consult a carpenter before you start drilling and making holes in your walls.
How Do You Hang A Yoga Swing From The Ceiling?
If you tend to avoid any home repairs or basic DIY projects then you’ll need to find someone who enjoys this type of work.
I’m not saying you’re not capable… I’m just concerned about a ceiling beam splitting and leaving you with a costly hospital AND home repair bill.
Here’s another video you’ll want to watch beforehand.
These are surprisingly good for being so simple…
That said, you must ensure that you are hanging them correctly. A missed screw placement could spell disaster.
These will easily support more than your yoga swing will support. If you have exposed beams in your ceiling then you’ll be up and running with this hanking kit in no time. If you are looking for a fast solution and are confident in your carpentry skills then this is a must-buy.
Nonetheless, some people will have to settle for more creative solutions...
How Do You Hang A Yoga Trapeze In A Doorway?
Having a yoga swing in your doorway is possible but you should never hang one from a pullup bar. It’s best to have a stand-alone mount that you screw into the top of the door way for maximum support.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen too many videos of people getting hurt doing exercises in their doorway because the pullup bar came flying off. If you are going to take this route then be extra careful.
Here’s what I would use for a doorway set up...
Sometimes you just have to make do with what you have…
Perhaps you live in an apartment and want a yoga swing for inversion therapy. This would be possible with the above setup.
You may not be able to do all of the cool and crazy aerial yoga poses you want, but at least you’ll have the chance of making your back feel better.
This is a good solution for smaller individuals. I am 6 foot tall and I can’t imagine trying to finagle myself into a doorway. Which ultimately, brings us to our last question...
Where Should I Hang My Yoga Trapeze?
This will all depend on what resources you have available to you. If you have a large enclosed patio or back deck area then I would start there. Typically the wooden beams are exposed and you’ll be up and running in to time.
If you have a large back yard then I’d suggest going with the full outdoor trapeze stand from YOGABODY because you’ll have ample space with plenty of dirt or grass padding underneath you.
If you are forced to go with a set up inside your home then you’ll have to consider the mounting hardware options above. Just be certain you install it correctly.
Any of the above yoga swing stands for aerial yoga will most certainly work. It’s all a matter of finding what’s going to work best given your surroundings.
You may enjoy having a portable setup you can take to the park… Others may enjoy having a simple bar they can hang from in a doorway for inversion therapy. It truly depends on your needs.
Did I miss anything? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!