When I saw a groupon for aerial yoga at Om My Yoga, I was pretty excited. I had wanted to try it, but was hesitant because of the cost. (Plus, I still had another yoga groupon I am still using.)
What is aerial yoga? According to Om My Yoga’s site, it “combines traditional yoga with the physical training of an aerial acrobat. Designed for those with no aerial experience, this practice uses a low-hanging soft fabric trapeze to support body weight for deep stretching, effortless inversions, deep core strengthening and FUN!”
I talked my old roommate, Nadya, into coming and we showed up to class at 2 p.m. on Sunday. We are both dedicated runners and both admittedly “not that great” at yoga. Luckily, this was a beginner’s class, and the six other people joining us were first-timers as well.
We were measured next to our fabric trapeze to make sure that we had the correct height, and then our instructor, Rose, taught us how to climb into the fabric, which was a little more complicated than I would have imagined.
Once up there, we practiced doing different types of stretches while in the trapeze, and then she instructed us to lie down, because we were going to do a flip. This sounded absolutely terrifying to me, as I am quite uncoordinated, and can’t even do a somersault. But we brought our knees to our chest and next thing I knew, the world was upside down, and then I was back on my feet. It was exhilarating.
We did a lot of traditional yoga exercises while hanging in the trapeze, such as downward dog, warrior 1 and warrior 2. It was such a fun change from normal yoga.
However, my favorite, and the most difficult one for me to master, was when we balanced the fabric on our lower backs and flipped ourselves upside down. It took me a few tries to get myself situated- and to trust that the fabric would support me and I wouldn’t come crashing down- but once I was upside down, I wanted to stay there! It was really cool to see what you can do with your body in a new way.
I really enjoyed this different type of yoga experience. While I wouldn’t say it was a strenuous workout, I definitely got a great stretch in, and most importantly, it was fun. I can’t wait to use my next four classes.