Aerial Yoga

WHAT IS AERIAL YOGA?

Don’t let the “aerial” in aerial yoga intimidate you! Aerial yoga is simply a form of yoga that uses a fabric hammock or yoga swing as it’s primary prop allowing students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. The hammock, made of a super strong tricot weave nylon, is kept close to the ground, becoming a swing which can support the hips in both forward and back bends. Many students find that yoga postures that are difficult on the ground can be performed more easily and with less strain on the body in mid-air – plus it’s fun!

In addition to the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits of all yoga practice, Aerial yoga has particular benefits for strengthening and stretching the whole body, decompressing the spine, improving circulation, boosting digestion and lifting one’s mood. In particular, Aerial yoga strengthens the core as well as the arms and legs, to support the body in mid-air.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES

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Aerial Yoga 101 (Check out the calendar for the date of the next workshop)

Learn the foundations of aerial yoga at one of our Aerial Yoga 101 workshops. Learn step by step how to safely use the aerial silk hammock for supported and fun aerial yoga poses in combination with mat yoga poses. Easch workshop is 75 minutes and preregistration is required. Completion of an Aerial Yoga 101 workshop is a required prerequisite if you would like to register for the Aerial Yoga Vinyasa series classes.

Aerial Yoga Vinyasa (Six week series starting Thursday October 3rd at 5:30PM)

Completion of one Aerial Yoga 101 class is required for this series. Time to go with the flow! Put the skills you learned in Aerial Yoga 101 together and flow through a series of sun salutations and poses that strengthen and engage the core, linking breath with movement all while supported in the aerial silk hammock.

Aerial Yoga Play Class (monthly starting winter 2019)

Completion of one Aerial Yoga 101 class is required for these classes. Learn sassy new tricks while flowing through energizing aerial yoga flow.

Restorative Aerial Yoga (monthly starting winter 2019)

Completion of one Aerial Yoga 101 class is required for these classes. Chill out or warm up in the comfort of the yoga hammock. This class is for those who want to destress, stretch out and relax.

BEST PRACTICES FOR AERIAL YOGA

Take your time

Don’t expect to feel comfortable or confident right away. It generally takes 3 to 5 times for
the average student to feel competent using the aerial yoga hammock.

Motion sickness may occur, take rests as needed

During the first couple of classes, you may experience nausea or vertigo as your body gets used to the
motion of the hammock and going upside in inversions. Take rests as needed at the first sign of
nausea. Twists and the squeezing pressure of the aerial silk on the lymph system may also release toxins
that can sometimes cause headaches and nausea. This will also decrease over time.

The silk fabric may feel uncomfortable

Those new to aerial yoga may feel discomfort or even pain where the silk fabric puts pressure on your body. It takes 3 to 5 classes for this sensation to ease. Adjusting the silk to be wider or where it sits on the body can alleviate this discomfort further.

You may feel afraid

You may be moving in ways you have never moved your body before. Trusting that the aerial silk will support you takes practice and time. Your fear will resolve as you learn the steps to safely
work with the fabric and poses. The yoga hammocks in coordination with the caribiners, daisy chains and
span sets (black straps) are engineered to hold over 2000 pounds. They will hold you.

Ask for help

You will be guided step by step through each pose. Listen to cues, watch your instructor and
others and ask questions if you don’t understand. Everyone learns in a different way.

Play and have fun

Aerial yoga offers an opportunity to swing, play and move in a different way from
traditional mat yoga. Open your mind to this creative and fun experience.

CLASS ETIQUETTE

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts
  • Remove shoes and socks-wash feet as needed using wet wipes or warmed wash clothes
  • Remove all jewelry (it can catch on the fabric)
  • Wear form fitting short sleeved shirts and yoga/athletic pants that extend beyond the knees (make sure that
    there are no zippers or things that can snag on the fabric)
  • Don’t wear perfumes, lotions, oils or sunblock
  • Avoid eating at least 1 hour prior to class
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Practice “Ahimsa” loving kindness for yourself and others-know your limits, rest when needed, and be
    aware of those next to you.

Contraindications to practicing Aerial Yoga: Please ask your medical provider for clearance if you have any medical issues that are of concern.

The following are possible contraindications: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, untreated vertigo, osteoporosis, concussion
or head injury, head cold, flu, or sinusitis, hiatal hernia or disk herniation, recent stroke, aneurism, hip joint
replacement, botox (within 24 hours of class), sutures on any part of body, open or healing wounds, taking
any medications that cause dizziness, fainting, light headedness , or excessive fatigue, inner ear
conditions, morbid obesity, and epilepsy.

For More Information & to register for classes
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