Getting started yoga slacking
Doing yoga on a slackline also know as yoga slacking, is a rewarding way to improve your balance and strength and take your yoga practice to the next level while enjoying the outdoors.
Yoga slacklining is perfect for beginner balance trainers that have mastered bodyweight poses and are looking to keep on challenging their balance.
Also, yoga slacking is good for people looking to get into slacklining because the cost of equipment is much lower and easier to set up than other types of slacklines.
Having some experiences with bodyweight balance training or yoga would make yoga slacking much easier to get started with because you will have an excellent base level of strength and balance, but it is not a requirement.
The learning process for yoga slacking is to start slowly with simple balancing moves or poses and slowly progress on to more challenges moves and yoga poses.
If you take learning new moves slowly and don't try to do any balancing poses beyond your skill level you will significantly reduce your odds of being injured or taking a hard fall will.
Yoga slacklining is a much, safer form of slacklining compared to tricklining.
Yoga slacking for improved strength and balance
Yoga slacklining can give you a total body workout.
Yoga poses on the ground can help to develop strength and balance but doing them on a slackline will allow you to keep on challenging yourself.
Walking, standing still and doing standing balance yoga poses on a slackline requires you to engage all your core muscles and legs this will help to strengthen and tone them.
The instability of the slackline will also make doing arm balancing moves much harder to do, and this will contribute to strengthening and toning your arms, shoulders, and back.
Yoga slacking for relaxation and mediation
Yoga slacking can be a very calming form of balance training by putting you into a flow state, by slowly walking down the line or transitioning through different yoga poses your mind will be 100% focused on trying to stay balanced and on your movements.
If you add in some breathing and mindfulness exercises with yoga slacking you can transformer your state of being into a deep calm.
How to use this guide.
This guide is set up in 2 parts, in the first part I cover how to choose the right slackline to use for yogalining and how to set it up.
The second part of this guide, I show you how to get started yoga slacklining once you got your line set up.
how to choose the best slackline for yoga slackling.
The YogaSlacker eline kit and Gibbons traveling are 2 of the best choices for yoga slacklines.
TheyogaslackerseLine kit is a primitive rig set up with a 1in (25 mm) wide low stretch line that is 49 feet long (15 M)
The Gibbons X13 travel line is a 2 inch(50mm) wide line with a single ratchet system and is 49 feet long (15 M)
For additional information on how to set up a slackline and the differences between primitive rigs and ratchet systems, check out my guide to setting up slacklines or my guide to setting up slacklines without trees.
Advanced yoga slackers prefer to use a simple primitive rig to set up the slackline with around 15 to 60 feet(4.5 to 19 M) of 1 inch ( 25mm) low stretch webbing.
If you are completely new to slacklining a 2 inch (50 mm) line with a ratchet system may make it easier to get started.
Check out the videos below so you can see differences between setting up and using these two lines for yourself.
How to set up the yogaslackers kit and video of it in use.
How to set up the yogaslackers slackline kit
The yogaSlackers eline kit in action
How to set up the gibbons travel line and video of it in use.
The gibbons travelline in use.
How to set up a single ratchet slackline yoga line.
the differences between the Gibbons Travel line Vs the Yogaslackers eLine kit
Setting it up
The Travel line uses single ratchet rigging system that is simple for beginners to learn how to set up and take down quickly.
Ratchet systems also allow you to adjust the amount of tension on the line quickly.
Trango eLine uses a primitive rig to set up the slackline. This is going it be a little bit more challenging to set up than a ratchet system.
The Webbing (the line itself)
Travel line line uses 2-inch wide webbing that has more stretch than the yoga slacker line,
The2-inch wide webbing of the travel line will be a little more stable and give you more room to work on which will make it more forgiving to beginners than 1-ince wide webbing.
The stretch in the line will make the line a bouncy when at higher tension so basic trick can be practices.
The yoga slackers kit uses a 1 in low stretch webbing, that it is meant to be used with less tension on the line than the traveline.
Which line is right for you.
Both lines are suitable for beginners, but the yoga slacklers kit is going to have a bigger learning curve because it is little more challenging to set up and to use the line due to the primitive rigging system and 1-in line.
You can use the travel line for other purposes than just yoga lining depending on how much tension you put on the line.
When you apply more tension to the line, it will become easier to practice walking the distance of the line as well as perform basic tricks because the line will have some bounce to it.
Part 2 Getting started yoga lining
Beginner yoga slackline moves to master.
Yoga slacking is a combination of skills such as walking the line, kneeling on the line, performing yoga arm and standing balance poses and doing inversions.
The first skills to master before moving on to more advanced skills is to learn how to walk the line and stand on the line in one place.
Check out the video below for and in depth tutorial on walking and standing on a slackline.
Learning how to knee and sit on a slackline.
Another set of basic moves to work on as a beginner is how to sit and kneel on the line. One you get those moves down you can continue to push yourself by learning how to stand up from the kneeling or sitting position.
Mastering how to kneel and sit on the slackline and then transition from sitting or kneeling to standing is useful for learning how to transition from one yoga pose to another.
Once you mastered a few arm and standing balancing poses and going from kneeling or sitting to standing, you can continue to challenge yourself by trying to create your own yoga flow by linking all the pose you can do together.
How to sit on a slackline
Be aware there are much more variations of kneeling and sitting poses you can do on a slackline. Try searching youtube for more once you have mastered these movements.
Kneeling variations on a slackline
Yoga standing and arm balance poses on a slackline.
Once you have gotten the basics of walking, standing, sitting and kneeling you can now start to have fun practicing yoga poses on the line.
Need some more ideas of different yoga poses you can try on a slackline?
Check out my video playlist of over 50 "how to" videos on how to do every single standing yoga balance pose and every arm balance yoga pose.
how to do Inversions on a slackline
Inversion or placing the head below the heart is part of the core movement patterns done in yoga that can also you can do on slacklines.
Keep in mind hanging upside down from your knees on the slackline can cut off circulation to your legs so try to avoid doing it for prolonged periods of times.
Check this video out of one example of a slackline inversion you can practice. This move does require and advanced level of strength and balance.
Additional tips and tricks for yoga slacklining
Inspirational yoga slackline video
Additional yoga slacking resources
Yogaslackers is one of the biggest authorities on yoga slacklining as well as doing acro yoga on slacklines. Check out their blog, and youtube channels for more information on yoga slacking
Check out my guide to slackline safety that shows all the most common ways people get injured slacklining so you can avoid them.
Do you have any tips or tricks to help beginners get started yoga slacklining, please share them in the comment section below?
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