Are you ready to take your yoga practice (literally) to the next level? With a yoga trapeze, you can skip the floor practice and go straight to an in-air approach. A yoga trapeze offers a unique take on yoga, allowing participants to dangle from lengths of fabric.
- Yoga trapezes are a great way to take your practice off the ground and allow you to target muscles differently.
- A yoga trapeze can be hung from an exposed beam or ceiling joist, but check with your landlord in an apartment setting.
- Installation setup typically comes with mounting hardware and the necessary tools to secure it to the ceiling.
Excited to try it? You’ll need to figure out how to secure the trapeze. After all, it needs to dangle from something, so how should you hang it? You can do this in a few different ways, using door frames, trapeze stands, tree branches, ceiling beams, and ceiling joists.
The best option varies based on your situation, so continue reading to learn more!
What Is A Yoga Trapeze?
A yoga trapeze also called a yoga swing, offers an aerial take on yoga. The system is usually mounted from the ceiling and features a U-shaped piece of fabric with handles at varying heights.
The design of the yoga trapeze varies based on the particular type you choose. For example, some models might skip the handles altogether, foregoing them for thick swoops of fabric. Others may employ thinner lengths of fabric and foam handles at multiple levels. It all depends on the type you choose.
What Is the Purpose Of A Yoga Trapeze?
A yoga trapeze allows you to take your practice off the ground, steering away from your yoga mat by suspending you in the air. The idea behind these systems is to suspend the body and give it time to realign itself utilizing the force of gravity.
They’re great for multiple uses, such as alleviating back pain, increasing strength, improving balance, and honing flexibility. Since the system suspends you in the air, you can target your muscles differently than on your yoga mat.
How Do You Set Up A Yoga Trapeze?
The process of setting up a yoga trapeze varies based on the particular product. Since the system securing the trapeze above you varies in design, the installation process differs from one product to the next. However, most come with installation instructions or recommendations, so use the provided information to hang the system.
You can hang your yoga trapeze in multiple places in and around your home. For example, you could suspend it from an exposed beam in your house or garage. Alternatively, you could hang it over a tree branch or on a swing set at the park. There are plenty of options, so do what works best for the style you have.
Can I Hang A Yoga Trapeze From My Ceiling?
You can hang your yoga trapeze over an exposed beam in the ceiling, but what if you don’t have one? There’s no need to worry. Instead of securing the system to a beam, attach it to the ceiling with the provided installation setup.
In many cases, yoga trapezes come with ceiling mounts, bolts, and hooks, which enable you to secure the system from the ceiling. However, you can’t hang the trapeze just anywhere on the ceiling. If you pick a random place and attach the trapeze to drywall, it’ll come crashing down the first time you put weight on it.
The drywall or ceiling board isn’t designed to support weight, so it’s essential to pick the correct spot to place your yoga trapeze. Locate a ceiling joist (similar to wall studs) and secure the mounting system to the joist. The joists can bear weight, so you won’t start your first trapeze class by crashing into the floor.
Can You Hang A Yoga Trapeze In An Apartment?
While it’s entirely possible to hang a yoga trapeze in an apartment, it’s essential to check with your landlord before securing the setup to the ceiling. In some cases, hanging larger objects, like a yoga trapeze, from an apartment’s ceiling might violate your lease agreement.
While it’s easy to deal with tiny pin holes from thumbtacks or small holes left behind by screws from hanging art in your apartment, the screws securing a yoga trapeze are usually pretty beefy. They’ll leave behind sizeable holes, so it’s essential to check with your landlord before hanging the system.
How Do You Hang A Yoga Trapeze In An Apartment?
Once you confirm you can hang your yoga trapeze in your apartment, choose an installation method. In some cases, you might need to select a particular method based on the style of trapeze or to avoid lease violations. Choose the option that best fits your needs.
Mount It In The Doorway
The doorway is one option you can use for mounting your yoga trapeze. You can mount the system as a door-open or door-closed system – it’s up to you. If you choose to mount a door-closed system, you’ll be more restricted in your movement since the door is closed behind you.
You’ll need a mounting bar to mount the system in the doorway. The bar is similar to a pull-up bar and is secured to the wall inside the door frame. With a closed-door system, you can quickly install and remove the system, but with an open-door system, installing and removing the system takes longer.
Choose a mounting bar that works best for the option you pick. Ensure the bar is sturdy and inflexible, like a typical pull-up bar. Don’t use a telescopic bar (like those extendable shower bars), as these flex too much and aren’t safe for practice. Pick a sturdy, fixed bar that won’t move as you practice.
Generally, door-mounted pull-up bars that fit inside the door frame come with mounting brackets. Secure the brackets into the sides of the door frame, ensuring the screws are firmly seated within the frame. Test the system by dangling your weight from it before using it.
Alternatively, you can use a pull-up bar that slides into the doorway and locks in place by resting against the opposite side of the door. If you choose this option, be very careful while practicing, as quick movements can dislodge the bar and drop you to the ground.
Choose A Ceiling Beam
If your apartment has exposed beams stretching across the ceiling, use them for your mounting location. Some yoga trapezes are designed to hang over the top of a supporting surface, like a ceiling beam or thick tree branch. If that’s the case, swing the trapeze over the top of the ceiling beam and start practicing!
However, some options require mounting brackets, so if that’s the case, secure the system to the ceiling beam using the supplied brackets.
Pick A Tree
A thick, sturdy tree branch can also do the trick. Of course, this option only works if your yoga trapeze can hang over a surface for practice. If it requires brackets and a particular mounting system, the branch won’t work.
Some yoga trapezes are designed for ultra-easy setups allowing users to drape the system over a tree or beam, but only some types will work. So, check the kind of yoga trapeze you have before attempting this mounting option.
The best part? You get to practice outside, soaking up the sunshine, basking in the wind, and enjoying the sounds of nature around you!
Secure It To The Ceiling
If your landlord is okay with you drilling holes into the ceiling for your mounting bracket, go ahead and secure the system to the ceiling. This option is ideal for those with a dedicated space for the trapeze, as dismounting the system takes a while.
Before you start, review the installation instructions that came with your yoga trapeze mounting brackets. If your yoga trapeze comes with a specific mounting system, use the provided system and instructions instead of the following guidelines. The following instructions are intended for systems that don’t come with their own mounting brackets.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Power drill and correct drill bits
- Lag screw eye bolts
- Stud finder
Once you’re ready, pick two joists in the area you want to install the system. Ideally, you should install the system no closer than three or four feet from the wall, as this will give you plenty of room for movement.
For safety purposes, attach one lag screw eye bolt in each beam to support the system. Use a stud finder if you’re unsure where the beams are. If you still can’t find them or question the structural integrity of the beams, seek professional assistance before mounting the system.
Once you select the ceiling joists, find the middle line and mark the point you want to install each eye bolt. Ideally, place each bolt in the center of each joist for the best weight-bearing capacity.
Drill ⅛-inch holes at each marked point, ensuring the hole is completely perpendicular to the ceiling and roughly five to six inches deep. After drilling the hole, thread the eye bolt into the hole by hand. Use a pair of pliers to tighten the bolt down until it’s flush with the ceiling.
Next, thread the end of the trapeze rope through the eye of one bolt, securing the rope by pulling the cut end through the looped end. Repeat the process on the other side, then connect the yoga trapeze.
Before using the trapeze, test it by grasping each rope and hanging from it. If the rope holds, you can start using the system. Remember to place a mat underneath the trapeze for safety, as this will protect your body if you fall.
Use A Trapeze Stand
You can always use a trapeze stand if you don’t get the green light to secure your yoga trapeze to the ceiling or doorway. While these systems are ideal since they don’t require drilling holes in your apartment or any special equipment, they take up a lot of space.
So, before you buy a stand, ensure you have plenty of space to set it up.