I’m not a fan of breaking a sweat while surrounded by a wall of mirrors. Knowing that it’s possible for others to watch from multiple angles makes me a little uncomfortable. Also, running on a treadmill makes me feel like an overgrown hamster.
Therefore, my typical work out consists of trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, or practically anything outdoors. I get to drown out any nagging thoughts with a little exercise and a nice view.
So, when we were asked to join in on an Aerial Yoga class over Labor Day weekend, my main excitement came from the thought of being able to see my boyfriend participate as well. We checked out the website and discovered a few helpful hints that you may want to take a look at as well:
Preparing for an Aerial Yoga Class:
- You can bring a yoga mat to class, but it’s not necessary
- Wear a shirt that covers your underarms completely
- Do not use hand lotion or sunscreen before class
- Do not wear jewelry, belts, or anything that could potentially snag the fabric
- Avoid loose clothing
- Avoid eating or drinking before your class
- Please observe good personal hygiene in consideration for the next person using the hammock (basically…wear deodorant people)
Now, of course I start imagining the funniest situations that may occur since we are going to be twisting around in this fabric to make our imperfect yoga poses…and then I found this:
Sadly, nothing of the sort happened.
We walked into the yoga studio and signed away our lives before entering the dark room lined with rows of soft fabric hammocks. We had signed up for an introductory class, so the instructor met with us beforehand and showed us how to adjust the height of the hammock properly. Once I felt the super silky material and heard about it’s 1,000 lb weight limit my fears of falling were dissolved. The room was candle lit and once we started the class I was too involved in working with my hammock to mimic the instructor that I didn’t even notice the others in the room. The only exception was after a specific ‘back flip’ move I did stop to take a peek at my boyfriend’s oddly graceful landing.
I’ve tried regular yoga classes and they are generally relaxing but always a struggle to stay committed to. Overall, Aerial Yoga was a nice change to the usual routine and very entertaining. I found that it can help you work on deeper stretches, better posture, and advancing your floor practice. Personally, we liked it enough to immediately get online and look up some places in Atlanta where we could possibly try it again. Some locations in Atlanta that offer aerial yoga are: Vita Prana and onlYoga.
My favorite part of the class was definitely working on yoga poses while being suspended within the fabric…and my least favorite part was the ‘Om’. I’m sorry but you have some serious guts to just let it all out like that…and honestly it makes me question if you practice that in your car instead of singing at the top of your lungs to your favorite song.
Oh well, I’m not yet a yogi, but if you see me in class…know that I’m working on it.