What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga is a type of fitness class combining some elements of traditional yoga, like deep stretching and set postures with more dynamic, circus-style techniques & movement in, or supported by, a fabric hammock hanging from the ceiling. Sometimes you are IN the hammock, sometimes ON the hammock, sometimes HANGING FROM the hammock and other times LEANING AGAINST it.
What are the benefits of Aerial Yoga?
What happens in a typical class?
During our Aerial Yoga class, we move against and use the hammock for support, while grounded in static & dynamic postures- facilitating awareness of the body in all planes. We progress to the hammock holding more and more of our body weight, until we stand into it- developing balance, grip and core stability. We use the resistance of the hammock to strengthen our arms and legs, and add movement to develop upper body and core strength. We also hang from the hammock- with our legs wrapped around, or inside- allowing our spine to stretch and our body to invert. We also get all of the benefits of inversions (improved circulation, detoxification, a break from gravity on our skin, heart & circulatory system, de-compression of spine and more) with none of the risk associated with headstands, handstands and shoulderstands in traditional yoga classes.
How do I prepare for Aerial Yoga? What do I wear?
Wear a shirt that covers your underarms completely. Do not use hand lotions before class, wear jewellery, belts, or clothing with zippers that could snag the fabric of the hammocks. Avoid shorts and very baggy clothing, and please have nails (fingers & toes) trimmed.
Avoid eating at least an hour before class for your own comfort.
Can anyone do Aerial Yoga? How hard is it?
Most people cando Aerial Yoga, and it requires NO previous yoga experience.
A general level of fitness is required, and it is unlike most other forms of exercise, but it is not excessively hard. Most beginners find it to be challenging, but do-able, and progress is made quickly as students get used to the variety of movements, grips and postures.
Alert your instructor of any physical restrictions or medical issues prior to attending class.
If you’ve been advised against inverting due to glaucoma, heart condition, etc or have a spinal injury, aerial yoga is probably not for you! Please seek medical advice.
Aerial Yoga is NOT a good fit for those who are pregnant, have high or low blood pressure, vertigo, glaucoma, issues with balance, and sinus or ear infections, or those who are recovering from surgery or head injury.
While Aerial Yoga is a fun, healthy and safe activity for most, it is not suitable for all. It is up to you to follow the guidance of your medical doctor.
Is it really safe? Are you sure the hammock can hold me??
YES! The rigging has been tested to 5,000 lbs, and each hanging point has a back-up. The hammock fabrics themselves can hold over 1,000lbs and are very secure. It will hold you!
How will I feel after class?
Great! You will feel taller and lighter. You will feel like you’ve worked your muscles, but also leave feeling light and relaxed after a 15-minute meditation at the end of each class.
If you spend a lot of time at a desk or driving, you will likely feel relief in your back and neck. (That is why I got into this in the first place—a couple of minutes hanging upside down saves me a bundle in chiropractor and doctor fees, after suffering years of back pain!)
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Beginner Yoga/Flow Yoga
A slow-paced class for absolute beginners, or those who haven't done yoga in some time.
The next step up, if you’ve taken Slow Flow for a while, and are ready for a little more challenge..
A powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movement.
A mid-day class focusing mostly on stretching… opening the hips, and the back, correcting posture and leaving you ready for the rest of the day.
A gentle, yet intense, combination of Hatha yoga and Chinese Daosit practices with emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deep connective tissue. .
An exploration of breath control, and a form of mindfulness meditation itself.
Meditation & Mindfulness
Learn to cultivate mindfulness through different types of guided meditation practice & technique.
Combines some elements of traditional yoga, like deep stretching and set postures with more dynamic, circus-style techniques & movement in, or supported by, a fabric hammock hanging from the ceiling.
A great way to prepare your body and mind for birth & motherhood. This gentle course can help you learn to relax the body, use the breath, and cope with the stress of labour.
Kids / Youth Yoga & Aerial
A combination of floor-based, fun yoga postures and games. Courses also include a module introducing children to aerial circus apparatus such as a trapeze, hoop & fabrics.