Happy Tuesday Columbus!
If you've read my recent posts, you'll notice that I have been obsessed with non-traditional work-outs and today I'm happy to share my first aerial yoga experience with you all. This past Sunday, I attended the Aerial Flow Level 1 class where I was able to challenge my body in a new area of exercise. I was able to test my body's flexibility along with getting close and personal with the free flowing fabric. The hammocks have been tested to hold 1,000 pounds and allow students to transition into various balance and strength poses. Yoga is meant for all shapes and sizes so don't be scared to try it.
"Build a relationship with your fabric" - Rachel, Yoga Instructor
What is Aerial Flow?
Aerial Flow combines elements of vinyasa yoga and aerial dance. These classes take traditional yoga poses and incorporate the aid and support of the aerial hammock to allow greater stability and ease throughout one's practice.
We started the class with warm-up exercises and then transitioned into more difficult poses throughout the session. If you think yoga is easy, think again! Yoga requires core muscle strength and patience. If you get to a difficult pose, don't give up, inhale, exhale, and try it again.
As I was transitioning between various poses, I was instructed to take off my socks to achieve a better grip on the fabric. You can start off wearing socks if you'd like, but don't be scared to go bare foot. Have fun and get intimate with the fabric. The entire exercise requires you to trust your body and the fabric. After a few poses, you'll feel comfortable in no time.
My yoga instructor, Rachel was extremely hands-on during the entire experience and even took time to help students individually to achieve difficult poses. As a class, we explored a few aerial “tricks” and focused on our core strength to lift our bodies into the air. It felt so relaxing to develop a trust with the fabric and to stretch our lower back muscles into unique poses.
My favorite pose was the swinging bat. We pulled the fabric against our waist, bent over, and swung into an upside position. From there we lifted our legs into the fabric and wrapped our ankles around the hammock to tighten our grip. Once we reached a comfortable pose we let our arms go and we swung freely in the open air like swinging bats. I loved it! Plus the movement of going back and forth through the air allowed for a cool breeze to brush against my face.
What You'll Need:
1. Yoga Pants
2. A Sleeved Shirt (prevents armpits from touching the fabric)
3. Socks (Optional)
4. Fruit (Eat a light snack prior to your session)
5. Yoga Mat (Optional)
It's important to be fully hydrated and prepared for your session. Also, if it's your first time attending Yoga on High, arrive 15 minutes early to stretch and complete the waiver form. This also presents a great opportunity to explore and adjust your hammock to your comfort level.
Yoga on High features many other yoga classes at their main location on 1081 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201. Check out their website and find the perfect form of yoga for you! My next venture will be paddle board yoga, what will yours be?
What class did I take? I took...
Aerial Flow Level 1
Duration: Offered Weekly
Costs: $20 for Drop-In (must pre-register online: click here)
Class Length: 60 minutes
Level: Students of all levels are welcome!
Location: Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute
Benefits to Practicing Yoga:
Towards the end of the class, we all jumped into our hammocks and stretched out our entire bodies to swing slowly back and forth in the midst of soft music in a dark room. Sounds amazing, right? Every class ends with a 10-15 minute savasana which is a perfect for slow breathing and deep relaxation.
So.. what do you think? Is this the exercise for you? I truly enjoyed my first experience at Yoga on High and I can't wait to attend next month. As you become more equipped and steady within the introductory classes, you can then move onto advanced level classes. They have various options for payment if you want to do a drop pass (one time only) or a monthly payment plan. My suggestion would be to test this form of yoga first and then decide from there what would be best for you financially. Based on my experience, I think this would be a great gift recommendation for anyone who hates running on a treadmill, and/or looking for new ways to reduce stress or fight lower back pain.
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!