Many people also ask us to describe the difference between a Yoga hammock and an Aerial Hammock.
Aerial Yoga Hammock Double Point:
Double Point Yoga Hammocks are used for Aerial Yoga in studios around the world. These hammocks also called “slings” are typically assembled with between 4 to 10 yards of Tricot with Shine or Tricot Special Order fabric, (depending on the studio). There are 2 steel carabiners, and 2 multiple-links. The multiple-link is also called a “daisy chain” and it allows the hammock to be raised and lowered in 4-inch increments. We assemble our double point Aerial Hammocks by “choking” the multiple link to the aerial fabric. It allows for adjustment and it is easily taken off to clean the fabric. The Double Point Aerial Yoga Hammock is mounted from 2 points with the fabric hanging between the 2 points. It is easier to get in and out of a double-point hammock. It does not spin. The bottom of the hammock is often at hip height, or can be lowered to a few inches from the floor, depending on the studio.
Some studios prefer the single point Hammock. This reduces the need for 2 mounting points. However, it is slightly less easy to get into and it will spin. We recommend always using a swivel for Single Point Aerial Yoga Hammocks. If you are planning on doing aerial dance and want to incorporate choreography that includes spinning, then the Single Point Aerial Hammock is for you.
Aerial Yoga Hammock Single Point:
Single Point Aerial Yoga Hammocks are used for aerial dance or Aerial Yoga. The Single Point Aerial Yoga Hammock is assembled with 6 or more yards of Tricot with Shine or Special Order fabric. There are two 9” inch runners, three carabiners, one swivel, and one multiple link. The swivel keeps the attachment point from being stressed and the fabric from twisting. If you are working with children, the single point allows for lots of spinning and hours of fun. The multiple-link allows the hammock to be raised and lowered at 4 inch increments. You will want just a bit more ceiling height with the aerial hammock single point if you are planning on doing acrobatic movements. It is best to have good clearance of your head from the floor.
The length of your hammock will depend on your ceiling height, or attachment point AND on the distance you need the bottom of your hammock to be from the floor. If you plan on doing any flipping, please make sure you have your hammock set closer to your shoulder height from the floor.
There are a variety of poses and tricks done in aerial dance using a slip-knot that you can perform in a single point Aerial Hammock.
Remember when using the hammocks, that you want your attachment point to accommodate a 2,000 to 3,000 pound load. This is important if you plan to have more than one person in the hammock. When swinging, bouncing, and doing tricks in the hammocks, you are placing a dynamic load and shock load on the equipment and on your attachment point. Please reference our article on why this load is generated.
Please take into consideration what use you plan for your hammock. If you want to use it for Yoga, and relaxing, either type of hammocks will work. If you are planning to do more aerial dance and acrobatic movement, then we recommend the Aerial Hammock. If your use is fitness based, either hammock will work.