I have wanted to try aerial yoga from the moment I found out about it! It simply looked fun. Yes, it requires strength, flexibility and letting go of fear; yet it seemed so freeing. As adults, we don’t hang upside down too often.
There is one studio on Cape Cod, Heels Over Head, that offers aerial yoga and I decided to check it out. I was a little nervous as I had no idea what to expect. The studio was warm and inviting. I loved the decor and felt comfortable immediately!
Class began and I felt a little anxious. I wanted to do it right and I really didn’t want to fall on my head (I had promised my husband I wouldn’t). We began in mountain and then became comfortable with our silk. We started with some cat and cows, plank and downward dog. It’s different with the material, but also the same. It was comforting to have familiar movement patterns.
Then the feet came off the floor. It wasn’t so bad coming from downward dog. My hands were on the floor and the sling felt supportive. Then it was time to go backwards. This one was a little harder.
Once I was there and my feet were off the ground, I realized I hadn’t fallen on my head and it was pretty fun! We came in and out a few times and tried some different variations. I became more comfortable with each try.
I knew that the more I let go and trusted myself, the better it would be. It’s funny how the more we know we need to let go the more we hold on. Once I let go, it was awesome and I was able to try different poses.
The thing about being upside down or completely focused on balance – you have no idea what anyone else is doing. I couldn’t begin to tell you who chose to be upside down or what variations they tried. I was completely within myself in my space.
It isn’t all upside down I really enjoyed trying the pigeon, warrior and split variations. The material allows for a different dynamic in poses I do all the time.
I can’t wait to go again! I think it would be fun to do a private session with a group of friends – to laugh and try different poses together
Fitness should be fun and allow you to face certain fears within a relatively safe environment. We all have different comfort zones and it is really freeing to step of your comfort zone!
Have you tried aerial yoga? What form of fitness makes you the most nervous?