I have had chronic back pain for 10 years and the ONLY thing that helps is Yoga. Inversion is amazing for decompressing the spine, and it has saved me many headache days by just taking a few minutes to hang upside down on my swing!
How common is back pain?
- 4 out of 5 Americans will have back pain at some point in their lives
- The 2nd leading cause of missed work days is back pain.
- The 3rd top reason Americans see the doctor is chronic back pain.
- The leading cause of work related injuries and disability filing is back pain, which is rarely due to a serious condition.
The National Health Institute recommends yoga for:
- Strengthening the core which helps with proper posture
- Increasing mobility AND flexibility
- Decompressing spinal pressure
Commuting to a yoga studio every day takes up a lot of our precious time. That’s where Yoga swings come into play. A Yoga swing allows you to build your strength while quickly take you into the positions that help soothe and prevent chronic pain from HOME!
With so many Yoga Swings/Trapeze on the market, deciding WHICH Yoga Swing to buy can feel overwhelming. As you search through all of your options, you will be bombarded by descriptions such as “Rock Climber strength,” “Gym Grade Grips,” and “Studio Quality.” If you have never used a Yoga Swing, all of these terms can make your head spin!
We’ve scoured and researched the web to provide you with a curated selection of Yoga Swings. We’ve spent more than 40 hours contacting brands and customers for their thoughts on the best yoga swings.
#1 YOGABODY Yoga Trapeze-Yoga Swing
The YOGABODY Yoga Trapeze is the top rated swing based on its studio quality material, installation versatility, and excellent product support. It comes with a 10 year guarantee on all parts and a wealth of resources on their website to install and use your new yoga trapeze.
- Warranty: 10 year all parts guarantee
- Material: Studio quality parachute material
- Handle grips: Gym grade foam
- Safety: Rock Climber grade safety components
- Superior Customer Resources:
- Installation and Mounting procedures are available both in online video, DVD, and written format
- Videos and Guides available for multiple poses and for using using the swing (getting in and out)
- Weight Limit: 600 lbs
- Award Recognition:
- YOGABODY has been featured on CBS, FOX News, Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, Satya and Yoga International
- Founder, Lucas Rockwood is featured on TEDxBarcelona
- Daisy Chain not included (sold separately), Rope only
- More difficult to adjust height because the rope has to be untied and retied each time
# 2 Yogatail Aerial Trapeze Yoga Swing
Yogatail’s Aerial Trapeze is our second choice with a softer triple stitched fabric, studio grade components, ease of installation and company responsiveness. It can also be used as a hammock!
- Warranty: 5 year 100% guarantee
- Material: Silk/Parachute blend for comfort
- Handle grips: Studio Quality foam grips
- Safety: Extra strength climber trusted Daisy Chains, XL stainless steel carabiners
- Set Up guide included
- Beginner & Advanced instructional Guide download
- Weight Limit: 600 lbs
- Company Responsiveness: Very responsive company
- Doubles as a hammock
- Material is not as durable as 100% Parachute
- Handles are Plastic
#3 UPCircleSeven Aerial Yoga Swing Set
UpCircleSeven‘s Aerial Yoga Swing comes in at a close third with all of the extra comfort features that is built into this set. Some of the “extras” are the triple stitched material, wider seating and larger handle grips that help holding a pose easier. UpCircleSeven also offers a 30 day trial. If you are not satisfied, they will give you a complete refund.
- Warranty: 100% undisputed satisfaction guarantee
- Material: Parachute triple stitched material, with an 8″ wide seat
- Handle grips: 25% larger soft foam grip
- Safety: 200 lb rated Steel Carabiners
- Downloadable guide
- Customer Responsive: Company responds promptly
- Weight Limit: 550 lbs
- If rope is included, it may need to be re-knotted for security
- Shipping errors have included missing and broken parts
# 4 Blue Crescent Yoga Trapeze
If you want a swing that will never be an eyesore, this is the swing for you. It has material that is soft and comfortable, and the 6 extra wide handles have added grip to make you feel safely in control.
- Material: Parachute Silk Nylon
- Handle grips: Soft foam padding, extra wide
- Safety: Stainless steel carabiners
- Weight Limit: 550 lbs
- No direct website, most resources need to be found via YouTube or Facebook
# 5 Yoga4You Aerial Yoga Swing
Yoga4You comes in at the fifth spot with a silky, doubled material and climber strength Daisy chain that has 9 separate loops.
- Warranty: NA
- Material: Doubled, Silk Nylon Studio Quality
- Handle grips:
- Safety: Climber strength extension straps, Stainless steel carabiners
- Downloadable guide
- Weight Limit: 600
- Daisy Chain has 9 loops
- Installation guide can be confusing
- Shipping issues included missing parts
MAKING THE FINAL DECISION
When buying a Yoga swing, there are quite a few details to consider. The diagram below, from YOGABODY, will help you keep track of all of the terms used.
SAFETY: The Carabiners, Rope (or Daisy Chain), and the Installation Equipment. Starting with safety is important because if you are going to end up in my favorite pose, The Trapeze Pigeon, you really want to trust that you will not fall on your head!
Safety First: Carabiners, Rope (or Daisy Chain), and Installation Tips
Carabiners (Carabiner Clip)
Anyone who has had the pleasure of rock climbing, or has worked in construction or manufacturing, will be familiar with the use of these clips. I, personally, have done both and know how important it is to have safe, reliable clips when you are hanging in the air from a cliff or 6 ft above a cement warehouse floor! A closer look at the clip is shown below:
A Carabiner is used to quickly connect, adjust, and reconnect SAFETY components, in this case our rope or daisy chains. Carabiner clips have their own weight limit rating, which is why you will often read product descriptions that say the Yoga swing is rated to hold 600 lbs, and then later read that the each carabiner is rated for 200 lbs. While this is important, if you have no idea what the little clips are called, it sounds like contradictory gibberish.
YOGABODY uses rock climbing grade carabiners that lock into place. This is relevant because “rock climbing grade” means the carabiner has been manufactured and tested to the strict safety standards used in load bearing systems. In this case, the load it is bearing is the weight of the swing and our weight.
NOTE: Carabiners that are rated for rock climbing have a marking with a number followed by “kN.”
The only swing that is listed as climber grade is YOGABODY.
- UpCircleSeven does specify that their carabiners are rated for 200lbs.
- Yoga4You and Blue Crescent Moon are both stainless steel.
Ropes and Daisy Chains
In order to hang your new Yoga Swing, you will need to choose between using a rope or a daisy chain. A daisy chain is a multi looped, typically nylon, fabric strap.
The multiple loops make adjusting your swing much easier. To adjust the height of your swing you simply move the carabiner to the higher or lower loop.
The products that come with Daisy Chains are:
- UpCircleSeven (Climber Strength)
- Yoga4You (Climber Strength)
- YogaTail (Climber Strength)
- BlueCrescent (doesn’t specify)
BEST DAISY CHAIN: The Yoga4You swing’s Daisy Chain far surpasses the rest as the daisy chain has 9 loops rather than the standard 3 loops per chain.
YOGABODY does sell a Daisy Chain separately for those who prefer this option.
If your Yoga swing comes with a rope, like the YOGABODY featured here, it will likely come pre-knotted. If you have more than one person using the swing, you will need to know how to create a secure knot. If you don’t have a Boy Scout on hand, I recommend looking up how to tie secure knots. I recommend first deciding on a secure knot like the ones demonstrated by Gizmodo. If you like step by step video instructions, YouTube is always a great resource!
When using your swing, fabric is an important part of your experience. There are multiple options on the market to consider.
Most of the top ranked swings use parachute material for durability and wash-ability. Parachute also has the least amount of “bounce” to keep you steady as you practice.
Some fabrics are blended with parachute to add a softer feel to the fabric, but maintain the durability of parachute. Two of the top 5 swings, Yoga4You and Blue Crescent Yoga, add silk to their swings. These swings feel softer, but are less durable and have more stretch to make sure you use your core to stabilize.
If you do not like the feel of silk, there are some brands that use a Polyester taffeta/Parachute blend. Taffeta is less “bouncy” than a silk blend, and the additional texture in the fabric can hold you in place enough to make up for the additional stretch. Choosing between silk and taffeta is entirely based on personal preference.
Swings made of silk have significantly more flexibility and require a greater level of core control to get into and out of poses. Silks also typically do not have handles, but come as long lengths of fabric that are tied to the mounting system. If you need the additional height, silks are the most accommodating as they are sold by the yard.
Generally size matters. Having a wide main sling can be great for cocooning. All of these swings listed in our top 5 are within the standard 98”x 59” dimensions. The UpCircleSeven swing stands out of the pack by offering a few extra inches in the seat area.
Installation Options and Tips
Yoga swings can provide peaceful tranquility, but only if installed correctly. Having the swing on your porch, overlooking a lake, is great until you fall on your head because you did follow the installation instructions
Common places to install your yoga swing include:
- Porch/Balcony/Terrace Ceiling Beams
- Exposed ceiling beams
- Door frame bar
- Swing sets or Swing Stands
- Tree Branch
- Indoor ceiling mounts
Set Up (Ceiling Mount)
Things to keep in mind when choosing a location for your swing:
- You will need at least two feet of space in each direction.
- Selecting the right beam
- Make sure the beam you are using to hang the swing is a load bearing beam.
- Check the size of the beam to determine if they are 2x8s (older homes) or 4x8s
- The standard ceiling hook is created for 4X8 beams and comes in either a four screw or two configuration. Screwing the mount in with four screws is more secure and will allow for more movement.
- If you have 2x8s, you can use Screw Eye Hook Bolts, instead of the typical ceiling hook mounting kit.
- When installing into a beam use the length of one beam (vs installing across multiple beams) for maximum flexibility
- Choose mounting hardware that is weight tested for load bearing. You can always ask the representative at your local hardware store, if you are unsure.
- Beam (Stud) finder
- Measuring tape
- Step ladder
- High powered drill for wood mounting or a Hammer drill for mounting on concrete.
- Drill bit
- six millimeter or quarter inch for wood
- six millimeter (quarter inch ) and a twelve millimeter (half inch) concrete drill bit for concrete.
Installing the Ceiling Mounts
Once you have Selected your mounting location and gathered your tools, measure 27.5 Inches or 70cm from the center point of one hook to the center point of the other hook. Mark these points as your “mounting pilot holes”
Last, bolt your ceiling mounts to the beam and your ready to hang your swing.
Note: Be sure to test your hooks for strength, security and stability before installing the actual swing. Most yoga prop manufacturers recommend using a professional to securely install your swing on a beam. With the right tools and care, you can do it yourself. Generally, yoga swing customers find that installation challenges do not amount to anything that you cannot solve by chatting with an associate at your local hardware store
Hanging your swing
Tips for hanging your swing:
- If you are using rope:
- Make sure you have at least four inches (ten centimeters) of rope at the end of your knots.
- Drape your rope or daisy chain through the ceiling mount hook so that the seat of your swing will hang at hip height
- Attach the main swing with your carabiners swing first, making sure the fabric is not bunched up or twisted
- Attach the handles with the
carabiners on the outside of the main swing carabiners
- e.g.: left handle caribiners should be to the left of the left Main sling caribiner and right handle caribiners should be to the right of the right Main sling carbiner
I recommend you test the strength, security and stability of the final setup to ensure everything is properly installed.
Carefully get into your swing and ENJOY!