In one of the Arial Yoga groups on Facebook I saw a video of someone trying to exit Sleeping Bat pose. Well ... it wasn't pretty and I could feel her back pain after this exit. People think that aerial yoga is so hard and sometimes even painful
because they try to do aerial yoga exercises without proper explanations.
In some videos, I saw recommendations to put a soft mat under the hammock. People show you how to perform an exercise, but they think it's so unsafe that prefer to have something soft when they fall. Do you really believe that a soft mat will help when falling down from an inversion pose?
If you don't know how to do aerial yoga exercises correctly, then it might become unsafe, painful and even very dangerous.
The best way of practicing aerial yoga is by attending classes with a qualified instructor. If you can't attend aerial yoga classes, then at least you have to get detailed step-by-step explanations.
There are a lot of videos with aerial yoga exercises on YouTube, done by people to show off without teaching and without building up the practice from easy exercises to advance. Many of the videos can be a good example of how you shouldn’t do the exercises. I know that because I constantly looking for new exercises for my lessons and before bringing it to the class I need to modify it based on my knowledge so it will be safe and doable for normal people as we are.