How can I take care of my Fabric?
Your aerial silk or fabric can be washed in a washing machine, top load or front load. Some people go to the expense of dry cleaning, but we always wash ours in the washing machine. We use cold water and a liquid detergent such as Woolite. To remove odor, we use baking soda. We do not use any other stain removers and we never use fabric softener! Use the gentle wash cycle. An extra rinse cycle is advised to remove soap residue. We dry each set of fabric in the dryer with a medium temperature setting.
We suggest washing your fabric once a month. However, if you are using your fabric more than 3 times a week, you may want to wash yours more frequently.
As with all equipment:
Please check your fabric frequently and although it can have small holes, please try to prevent these by taking care to not have long finger nails or toe nails and of course, no jewelry of any type.
When rigging be aware your fabric can get damaged if close to lights. Heat rises and your fabric is synthetic material which is flammable.
Make sure your fabric is not exposed to sunlight or it will become sun faded, especially the Tricot fabric.
We have noticed that some of the Tricot, the red in particular, releases some of the color into the water when it is washed. Please do not wash other items along with your fabric.
How much fabric do I need?
While fabric length is more of a personal preference, the minimum length we have found to be comfortable is 4 yards.
What is the difference between Single point and Double point Yoga Hammocks?
Double point Yoga Hammocks are used for Anti-Gravity or Aerial Yoga. These hammocks are assembled with 4-6 yards of fabric, two steel carabiners and two multiple links. The multiple allows the hammock to be raised and lowered between 8′ and 10′ foot ceilings at 4″ inch increments. The Yoga hammock is mounted from 2 points and is a loop of fabric similar to a swing on a swing set. It is a bit easier to get in and out of and it is typically used in Yoga studios around the world. Two attachment points allow more room for poses and less tension around the body in the swing. Because there is no swivel, spinning or acrobatic movements can add unnecessary stress to the carabiners and attachment points.
Some studios prefer the single point style called an Aerial Hammock. This reduces the need for 2 mounting points. However, it is slightly less easy to get into and it will spin freely with the use of a swivel.
Aerial Hammocks are used for aerial dance and performance. It is assembled with 7 yards of fabric, two 9″ inch runners, three carabiners, one swivel, and one multiple link. The swivel allows free spinning and movement. 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 between two feet at 4″ increments.
The extra fabric allows for standing poses and drops through the hammock. There is a variety of poses and tricks in aerial dance and aerial acrobatics that are easier to accomplish with a longer hammock. If you would like your hammock longer than 7 yards, you can still purchase this hammock, and purchase the added yardage separately. Please note in your ‘Order Notes’ during checkout that you want all fabric as one piece and to be assembled with the 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 on the equipment and on your attachment point.
Please take into consideration what use you plan for your hammock. If you want to use it for Yoga, and relaxing, the Yoga hammock is more often used for this reason, although either type of our hammocks will work for you. If you are planning to do more aerial dance and acrobatic skills, then we recommend the Aerial Hammock.
What is a Dynamic Load and why 2,000 to 3,000 Pounds?
For aerial acrobatic rigging, a safety factor of 10 to 1 is the standard. This means that if someone weighed 200 pounds, they would want their equipment and structure to support at least a 2,000 pound load. If they weighed more than 200 pounds, then they would want their equipment and structure to support a 3,000 pound load.
Since you are moving, spinning, swinging, and dropping when you are doing aerial acrobatics or aerial yoga you are creating a dynamic load (one that is in motion) on the structure supporting you.
Even if you weigh 100 pounds, your body when in motion weighs more depending on what you are doing. Certain activities create more of a shock on your equipment and structure. Certain movements like swinging creates more force on your equipment and structure. Even spinning creates force on your equipment and structure.
It is a good practice to verify that your structure can support a dynamic load of 2,000 pounds per attachment point, or 3,000 pounds per attachment point. This gives you a safety factor of 10 to 1.
You can check with a structural engineer who can help determine if your structure is the right one to support you. You can also check with an acrobatic rigger when you have questions or need help attaching your equipment to your structure.