AERIAL YOGA "It's OK to throw your world upside-down every now & again!"
WHAT IS AERIAL YOGA??? Aerial Yoga takes many of your traditional yoga poses and incorporates them using the swings that hang from the ceiling. There are also many aspects of pilates, dance & gymnastics. The swing enables you to get into your stretches deeper and sustain those more challenging poses for a longer period of time. Yes you will invert, or go upside down! Yes, it may seem scary the first time, but that's why we call it a "practice". Just wait, you're second class is a completely different experience! ;) An inversion is any pose where your head is below your heart and applies the principle of being flipped upside down. They are thought to be the King & Queen of all Asana, or yoga poses; not just for their amazing health benefits but because they are challenging, dramatic, exhilarating, & are defined by "overcoming fears." Traditional inversions include Sirsasana (Headstand), Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), restorative poses such as Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose), and even Downward facing-dog. These inverted poses are deemed the King & Queen, not only because they are the most beneficial, but they are also the hardest to maintain for the optimal time to receive such benefits. Enter...AERIAL YOGA! Aerial Yoga allows you to actually maintain these vital poses for the substantial length of time with no discomfort/overuse in the shoulders, neck, arms, & head. In fact, the swing, once worked with a few times, is extremely comfortable! History continues to be re-written & aerial yoga is going down in the books i tell ya!!!
Aerial Classes The swing can provide a Fun & Freeing experience, a strong support through challenging poses involving balance and focus, decompression of the spine and a release of built up tension, an increase in strength & flexibility with regards to the mind, body, & Spirit, as well as, a test of Patience & Trust.
Which class is right for you?? "The more you bring yourself to an aerial practice the more relaxed and comfortable you become in your swing."
Beginner Class Experience: (Fun & Exciting) a little bit of this and a little bit of that! As we get to know our swing; this class is light hearted and includes a lot of laughs! Often students’ leave saying, “I felt like a kid on the playground again!” With so many different aspects of Yoga, not every class has to be so serious, it’s ok to have fun with your practice! In this class we incorporate the swing to include traditional yoga poses with deep stretching & balance, and yet tap into that child-like gymnast/the graceful Cirque De Soleil want to be/ or the dreams of high flying Circus Trapeze Artist! I.E…a little superman flying, cannonball swinging, and our inversions (hanging upside down) to lengthen the spine & release the mind! Aaaaaahhh what a freeing experience!
All levels Class Experience: (Even more fun & More Exciting!!!) You leave your first class having had a good experience (we hope J ) BUT within any first Aerial class their will always be that uncertainty to the unfamiliar. Your second class is a completely different experience, and your third class…well… you feel graceful and accomplished! As with anything new, there will always be challenges. We all start somewhere! We grow the more we put into our practice. So again, while you get to know your swing, your first class usually involves watching instead of feeling, seeing what comes next instead of being in the pose; because you have no idea what crazy thing your teacher may make you do next J There is usually a sense of over gripping your swing/tensing the body, especially in inversions (fyi…it’s amazing to see a first time student’s inversion in the beginning of class and then when we revisit it at the end!) that one hour alone creates enough freedom and trust within yourself to relax a little deeper. THAT is what your all levels class is about! Taking yourself to the next level of release, of comfort and ease within the swing and within yourself! Allow yourself to be transformed & have fun while you do it!
Side Note: There is no such thing as perfection. Throughout your practice there is always room to improve, go deeper, stretch further, enhance/deepen your pranayama (breath). Many students never leave the Beginner/All levels classes for many different reasons. Maybe they love the freedom and joy they feel, maybe they need to negate a sense of “seriousness” from their lives, and a lot of times they just love to hang upside down! When you “let go”, and you’ll know what I mean when you find it, it truly is an amazing feeling! All of these reasons and any others are PERFECT! There is no right or wrong & we all do things for different reasons, need things for different reasons! Allow your swing to help you build confidence within yourself!
Aerial Yoga Deep Stretch (Beginner +) Aerial Yoga: Deep Stretch eliminates the flips and tricks and gets right down to business! Are you a runner? Too much strength training and feeling tight? Do you suffer from low back pain or arthritis? This class is for you! We take the best of the best stretches with the use of the swing to lengthen & relieve all of your sore muscles. With a focus on hamstrings, hips. low back, etc... Holding each stretch longer with the use of the breath to relax the body and get deeper! Start & end your class with a relaxing inversion to decompress the spine, feel longer, taller & allow all of your stresses melt away!
Aerial Yoga Intermediate: So you've gotten comfortable with your swing & basic inversions-WooHoo! Now its time to take it up a notch with more challenging gravity poses and less instruction on our basic flow sequence.
It is highly suggested to have taken 2-3 beginner or all level classes before joining the intermediate. At least 1 beginner or all level class is REQUIRED.
Aerial Vinyasa or Aerial Core Strength Vinyasa: Similar to a challenging Mat Vinyasa (Breath connecting Movement) Flow Yoga Class This class is designed to build Strength, Balance, flexibility, and Focus. Challenging Poses in our floor series. Side angles, Binds, Planks, chaturangas, Supported Headstands/Handstands, Inverted crunches, strengthening upper body flips, and a Breath of Power!
Aerial Yin-Restorative: In Yin Yoga, poses are held for several minutes at a time in order to the stretch the connective tissues in the body. In Restorative Yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. This class, a blend of yin and restorative yoga, will utilize the most supportive and versatile prop there is...our yoga swing. All postures throughout this class will be from a supine, or seated position on the floor with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining to create a very relaxing & meditative practice. Emphasis will be placed on melting your body into each pose and stretching your mind body connection further then ever!
Aerial Massage Therapeutics: Aerial therapeutics will combine yogic breathing techniques, myofascial release, & trigger point therapy. This technique will involve applying gentle sustained pressure with the use of massage balls into the Myofascial connective tissues to eliminate pain and restore motion. Your body will LOVE you for this class! -Increase circulation, flexibility, range of motion & body awareness. -Flush out inflammation & accumulated metabolic waste -Restore Health, Mobility, & Posture
Aerial ACRO/ CIRQUE-d-Soleil: A class of aerial acrobatics, Cirque De Soleil here we come! This class allows you to stretch and tone your body while suspended in the air. Each class begins with stretching and strengthening exercises. We will then practice inversions, flips, advanced tricks and begin to create combinations to sequence an advanced Aerial dance routine. This class is so much fun you won''t even realize that you are working out! (2 beginner classes required/must be comfortable with inversions)
PRENATAL Aerial Yoga Restorative **private & semi private only** Much like a mother's womb, the yoga swing is very comforting. This restorative class will allow you to connect with yourself & connect with your unborn child, while creating a healthy stretch for you both! Also, learn simple breathing exercises to help you through your labor and through daily living. Your baby's well being is dependent on your well being. Pregnancy can be stressful; full of life changes, body changes. Come relax, find your center, & the beautiful essence of labor and motherhood that resides on your breath throughout your practice. All mothers-to-be should be at least 3 months along to participate.
What to Wear:
Short or long sleeves to prevent underarm discomfort
Clothing that is close fitting, especially at the ankles - leggings work best
Things to Remember Before Class:
Try not to eat/drink anything 2-3 hours before
Not recommended for anyone who has recently had surgery of any kind or botox.
If you are pregnant, you can participate in Aerial Yoga in a low-swing inversion.
Always check with a doctor first! Especially if you have any of the following issues: high/low blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, detached retina, vertigo