WHAT IS IT?
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga which uses a hammock or yoga swing to allow participants to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. It is often also referred to as AntiGravity® yoga. It combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by pilates, dance and acrobatics.
WHAT TYPES ARE OFFERED AT THE Y?
LOW HAMMOCK - Low hammocks so that feet can remain on floor. Abdominal strengthening, large muscle group lengthening and supported inversions will be the focus. No aerial experience required.
STRENGTH - Inversions, basic tricks, advanced fitness and strength training. Aerial experience not necessary, but fitness level should be intermediate to advanced.
WAKE-UP AND FLY - Intro to Aerial: Beginner inversions, strength training, sun salutations. Exhilarating start to the day! No aerial experience required.
FAMILY (Ages: 6+) - A family friendly class designed around exploring aerial yoga through play. Students will be encouraged to experience flying in the aerial silks while being supported in a safe environment. This class encourages youthful play from children to adults alike. Come spend a Friday night playing games in the air. Embrace your inner child and have fun swinging around in our Aerial hammocks. (Children must be accompanied by a paying adult).
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WHY SHOULD I TRY AERIAL YOGA?
Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. Suspended yoga strengthens core muscles and increases spinal and shoulder flexibility. Balance is a key component in daily activities, and aerial yoga helps maintain a good balance both inside and out.
If taking a yoga class for the first time, here are some guidelines:
What to bring - You can bring a water bottle, towel and yoga mat. The studio does have mats, blocks and belts that you can use during class if you do not have your own.
What to wear - Your attire should be lightweight and comfortable and not too loose and should be able to stretch with you as you stretch.
Inform your instructor - If you have any injuries or concerns, let your instructor know prior to class.
Fitness - Yoga is for anyone trying to regain strength, muscle tone and increased flexibility. You do not need to be flexible in order to start a yoga practice; that will come with time and continued practice.