Looking For A New Yoga Style? Give Aerial Yoga A Try!
(Now I’m ready for Cirque de Soleil!)
Wondering “What is aerial yoga?”? Well…when I researched it online a few weeks ago I saw pictures of people swinging around and floating through the air! I was wondering exactly how this could be used for a yoga class but either way it looked really fun so I decided to give it a try.
The studio I went to had big fabric straps hanging from the ceiling (a special room and ceiling has to be used for support). These slings or straps of fabric (kinda look like a small hammock) are what you place your body in to do the poses. Each pose that we did required the use of the strap. I found it pretty challenging but also I was able to get more of a stretch in some poses because I was supported with the strap. It’s also great for inversions if you are normally afraid of falling or don’t have the upper body strength for a handstand. At the same time it was a little more challenging than I thought because I had to use my upper body strength to hold on to the strap and also core strength to balance, especially when we went floating off the floor!
(This strap better hold!)
Overall, I would give it about an 8 out of 10. Don’t go to expect a cardio or hard-core workout. It’s very similar to yoga but with a fun twist! If you are in Houston…go to the Gyrotonics studio on W. Clay.