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HAVE YOU TRIED AERIAL YOGA?
By: Leah Gruber
Aerial silks and yoga are a fun, great way to stay in shape! You can build upper body strength, core strength, balance, and coordination all while challenging yourself to learn artistic new skills.
Aerial silk is a long piece of fabric that is suspended from the ceiling. An aerialist can use the fabric to climb, dance, wind, wrap, and drop.
Some things you can expect to learn in an aerial silks class are climbing up and down the silks, making foot knots, and of course those beautiful stylistic drops (when you’re a little more advanced). As a new student you will learn new skills low to the ground before taking them high to build confidence and ensure safety.
Aerial yoga is a class where students are on a looped piece of fabric (think of a hammock), two carabiners attach the fabric to the ceiling. There are so many great benefits to aerial yoga including: flexibility, decompressing your spine, muscular strength, and relaxing.
In antigravity, or most aerial yoga classes, you will be suspended in air, breathing deeply, creating awareness in your body, flowing through basic poses that are similar to yoga poses, and inverting. When you get to more advanced levels of Antigravity you can find yourself flipping, twisting, and swinging. Antigravity yoga’s philosophy is when you open up space in your body you open up space in your mind.
Be patient with yourself. It takes time to build strength, skills and confidence.
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About the Author:
Leah Gruber developed a passion for aerial arts while in college. She immediately got hooked and pursued a career as an aerial artist in Las Vegas performing in shows and for special events and parties. Today, she is a certified yoga and suspension instructor pursuing a career in teaching aerial arts.