Decompress your spine and challenge your body in new ways when Yoga and flying come together. This amazing class is a fusion of several beautiful and beneficial physical disciplines, including: aerial arts, ballet, dance, yoga, flexibility, core work, strength conditioning and balance training to name a few. Over time, our bodies suffer from the constant compression effects of gravity. Realign your body and spirit using our soft, silky hammocks safely suspended from the ceiling. You will gain flexibility, muscular tone and cardiovascular health as you increase joint mobility and gently decompress the vertebrae of the spine. In addition to receiving a total body workout, this class emphasizes having fun while learning new skills, such as safe inversion therapy, which has been deemed one of the most beneficial practices for the body. The same gravity that causes daily compression on our bodies can now be used to our benefit when we incorporate a yoga hammock.
Benefits! Aerial Yoga Fusion (also known as Anti Gravity Yoga or Inversion Therapy) is one of the most beneficial forms of yoga. Improve Posture Decompress Your Spine & Improve Spinal Health (so important to overall health and so often forgotten) Increase Flexibility Strengthen and Tone Muscles Cross Train to Improve Your Pole Fitness Practice Promote a Healthier Cardiovascular System Enjoy an Exhilarating Workout Restore Your Youthful Appearance (see Beauty Note below) Increase Brain Activity Allowing You to Think & Function Better Bring Peace to Your Mind, Body and Soul
Beauty Note: While improving the body physically we are also restoring our natural youthful appearance. Aerial Yoga Fusion poses release oxygen and nutrients to the brain that penetrate through the skin, and scalp. It is a natural cleanser that enhances skin elasticity and hair growth.
How It Works
In order to develop a healthier, better you, Aerial Yoga incorporates three main training techniques, yoga, aerial arts and cardio. A professionally trained instructor will lead you through a unique progression of poses using a secured fabric yoga hammock. We are taking fitness to the next level. Using gravity to our advantage allows for much deeper stretches, full back extension and more exhilarating cardio exercises. The program is structured in a progression format, making it appropriate for all levels. No need to feel intimidated, you are in a comfortable and caring environment with an instructor who wants nothing more than to help you succeed and reach your fitness goals. No prior yoga or aerial experience required. For every age, shape and size.
Who is it for?
This program is for everyone! We welcome all size and ages, to come get fit and improve their overall wellness. Itʼs never too late to start!
What are the conditions that make Aerial Yoga NOT safe for me? Glaucoma Heart Conditions Pregnancy Epilepsy Traumatic Brian Injury High Blood Pressure Neck or Spinal Injury
What to wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that will allow range of movement, such as yoga pants and top. Try to avid extremely lose clothing to prevent the extra fabric getting in the way. Footwear for the class should be barefoot. Please remove all jewelry (necklace, bracelets, rings, and, earrings) before class.
Do I have to sign up?
Walk-ins will be accepted ONLY if there is room available in the class. Please reserve your spot by calling (904) 367-5003 or (904) 502-1750 and we would be more than happy to assist you.
How do I prepare for Class?
Please arrive well hydrated, and eat a light meal prior to class. Having nutrients in your system will give you the energy your body needs to workout safely.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring water (we have water for purchase), a towel, and yoga mat for positions on the floor. Donʼt forget motivation to get fit!!
Is it difficult?
We accommodate all levels of difficulty in a progression format. The poses and movements start our fairly easy, and progress to more difficult movements. Your instructor will provide poses and movements appropriate for all levels.
Do I need prior Yoga or Aerial experience?
Although some prior training in yoga or aerial art would be helpful, it is not required. Your instructor will guide you through every step of the way, to help you get familiar with the class format, and equipment. Please arrive 5 minutes early so your instructor can give a break down on what will take place in your class. We want to be sure you are receiving the best workout possible!
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial Yoga is the practice of traditional Hatha yoga with a soft fabric hammock, supporting up to 1000 lbs, suspended a few feet off the ground. The hammock is a prop like a strap or block, intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefit of spinal decompression. With the weight of the body partially or fully supported along with the help of gravity, we can explore and create space in our bodies as intended in traditional Yoga practice. Without the compression of the joints and spine we can achieve proper posture and alignment through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced and unencumbered expression of each pose.
Many Aerial Yoga postures are designed to help the student better understand the purpose of traditional Yoga postures and some are meant to help students achieve advanced traditional Yoga postures which can take years to learn. Through Aerial Yoga the fascia unwinds, the mind quiets, core-strength is built, and participants leave the class feeling whole.
What Happens In a Typical Class?
While practicing Aerial Yoga, students alternate between hammocks and mats to facilitate awareness of the body in all planes. Classes slowly progress from using the hammocks to hold a little bit of body weight to using the hammocks to hold 100% of the bodyʼs weight. The slow progression emboldens new students, and carefully introduces what can be very intense new sensations to the student.
Aerial Yoga supports your traditional Yoga practice in numerous ways: Challenging Yoga postures such as inversions and deep backbends can be achieved with less effort and strain.
Deep muscle releases achieved in the air allow students to explore much deeper stretches in their traditional Yoga postures on the floor.
Common yoga-related injuries caused by overstretching and compressing the lower back are addressed through Asanas that strengthen shoulders without compromising flexibility, and strengthen core abdominal muscles without compression of the spine.
How Do I Prepare for an Aerial Yoga Class?
Bring a yoga mat to class. Wear a shirt that covers your underarms completely. Bring a large towel or thick sweatshirt for padding until you are used to the feeling of the fabric. Do not use hand lotion before class, wear jewelry, belts, or clothing with grommets, gems, or anything that could potentially snag the fabric. Avoid shorts or very baggy clothing. Please trim your finger and toenails and avoid eating or drinking acidic liquids an hour prior to class. Please observe good personal hygiene and wear deodorant in consideration for the next person using the hammock.
Please talk to the instructor before attending class if you have any medical issues that prevent you from inverting (glaucoma, heart condition, etc.) or putting pressure on your skin. If you have a spinal injury or medical condition, check with your doctor first.