Aerial Yoga combines the principles of yoga & Pilates with the assistance of a fabric “swing”. Optional partial and full inversion provides therapeutic benefits to the central nervous system, spinal decompression and, for those who choose, the thrill of “flying”. And there is no shavasana like an “Aerial Shavasana”!
Notes: Aerial practice is best clothed in longer yoga pants until you are accustomed to the fabric “bite”. I recommend the cottony ones over the slick spandex ones at first...funny story, but pertinent to this comment (insert laugh here). Extra fabric is not your friend in aerial so please leave the oversized tees and flowy sleeves in your cubby. Jewelry is a significant danger to your person and to the swings while practicing aerial-no exceptions. Aerial practice is a barefoot activity! Socks negate many of the foot strengthening & “locking” abilities...we use our toes to “hook” in some asanas!
Aerial Yoga FAQ’s:
Do I have to go upside down? NO! There are modifications & levels of aerial practice, partial/low inversion or full inversion-both easily modified based on comfort levels.
I am too “large” to do that. NO! All components of aerial equipment are rated for a minimum of 350#, most components are rated for much higher.
I am no in good enough shape/too old/too whatever (insert bad excuse here) to do that. NO! Participants with limited range of motion due to injury, illness or lengthy sedentary lifestyle have shown significant improvement in flexibility, inflammation relief and overall feelings of wellness they do not see in other forms of activity.
I get motion sickness, can I participate? YES! Aerial asanas are controlled motion, if you are in an inverted position either you or I have the ability to stop the “swing”. Many who experience motion sickness enjoy a gentle sway during “The Aerial Shavasana” which adds to the central nervous system benefits of the practice. Swing movement is a personal choice, just like any modification.
What is FLEXT?
FLEXT is our new assisted stretching offering. Assisted stretching is the ultimate way to get a deep stretch safely and effectively. We will take you through customized dynamic stretches according to your body type, build and health conditions. We will gently build flexibility and range of motion and teach proper breathing techniques to increase and promote effectiveness of the stretches. FLEXT is for any age, athletic ability or occupation.
When to GET FLEXT?
Anytime! Pre or post workout. Off day feeling stiff. We will stretch the body including but not limited to: hamstrings, quads, calves, feet, hips, back and neck. We can work all over or pay special attention to a problem area. Everyone can benefit. Sedentary cubicle commander to weekend warrior - everyone can benefit - so GET FLEXT. If you are under care for an injury please discuss with your doctor for clearance so we can tailor our program as needed.
One on One or Duo training is available and can be Pilates or yoga or customized to meet individual wellness goals. Call for more information and scheduling. Call or email for information.
Initial Private Assessment
This is a one time only discounted session for new members. We can cater this one on one session to helping orient you to the studio and performing movement assessments to help customize your exercise program. Please let us spend this session getting to know you and to introducing you to the Pilates method. This session is strongly encouraged if you do not have any Pilates experience and would like to join the Pilates reformer classes.
This is our primary class offering and is geared to beginner to intermediate students. The class is done using the reformer apparatus and accessories and will include a variety of exercise moves to work the whole body at a moderate pace.
This class is a slower paced class geared more to beginners or for those that may be have health issues that require special modifications to movements such as osteoporosis, spine surgery or conditions or issues of the hip or knee joints.
This class is done on the floor similar to yoga classes and typically segues from being positioned on the back, to the stomach and then the side. It is geared to beginners to intermediate and can be challenging. Pilates tidbit - the reformer is a prop and helps you to do a variety of exercises in proper form. Taking away the reformer can make some exercises more of a challenge.
Barre classes use a ballet barre and incorporate dance inspired exercises along moves similar to yoga and Pilates to deliver a whole body workout. While many moves focus on the lower body, small props such as bands and weights can work the entire body to deliver a cardio and toning workout in one.
HATHA (VINYASA) FLOW YOGA
A well-balanced yoga class that includes centering, core strengtheners, seated, standing and balance postures, demonstrated at varying levels to accommodate all physical abilities. The emphasis is on proper physical alignment and using breath to increase the connection between mind, body, and spirit. This class is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Hatha classes are usually slower paced while Vinyasa is usually a little quicker paced flow of poses. Classes titled "Yoga" are general classes and will usually follow somewhere Flow spectrum but with a little creative license for our instructors to respond to class needs.
Yin Yoga is a slow, deliberate form of yoga where asanas (postures) are eased into and held for longer periods of time. It is mostly performed on the floor focusing on the lower body and more meditative in nature due to the longer holds of the postures. The form of exercise increases flexibility of the deep connective tissues and can help relax and focus the mind.