If you are a fan of the singer Pink, you’ve likely see one of her amazing concerts. Why am I speaking about this amazing musician, on a website that is supposed to be about fitness? One aspect of her amazing live performances is flying across the audience, suspended by a sash-type material. It was only until I was looking at a new workout class that I wanted to attend that I learned what she was doing, a form of aerial yoga. Picturing this form of yoga, you might imagine people flying all around the air, miles above the ground. While it is easy to picture something insane, the roots of aerial yoga will have you more grounded than you think. With aerial yoga, you still get the well-known perks of yoga including: stress relief, increased mobility, and much more! As someone who gets uneasy climbing a step ladder, I’m not sure I am the best candidate to try out aerial yoga but from hearing about it from my friends, it sounds like a cool experience.
You will have to check your local fitness spots to see if they offer any aerial yoga and provided you aren’t shaken up my lifting off the ground, you will most likely love it. Unlike Pink, you won’t be flying around, hundreds of feet in the air but you may feel like the superstar, once you are risen up a few feet, just don’t start singing! The biggest help that you will receive from aerial yoga is almost in the name, gravity takes care of most the effort. If you’ve seen any recent infomercials, there are plenty of products that use suspension as a way to relive body pain. For those that don’t want to spend the better part of an hour doing those same old stretches you’ve seen in every yoga class, the inclusion of being aerial does add quite a twist to this age old from of exercise. One aspect of aerial yoga that I truly enjoy is that it allows beginners to quickly advance their knowledge. Being suspended in the air allows you to move more freely, without the limitations of having the ground directly below you. These classes will have you upside down here and there so be sure that you eat lightly before attending a class. The last thing that you want to do is yoga on a full stomach, I’ve made that mistake before and I had to leave the class early. I really expect to see more aerial yoga classes starting to appear, all across the country.
It’s important to realize that aerial yoga is still something that is newer but that doesn’t seem to have any of their classes being empty. I live in more a smaller town but in the large city that I live by and frequently visit, I see billboards for these classes all of the time. One friend that has done the aerial yoga loves it so much that she continues to go to her class every single week and she leads a busy life, if that tells you how essential some are finding this experience to be. Don’t sit and wait around at ground level, if you want to hop on to one of those yoga ropes, it seems like classes are filling up by the minute.