Things To Know Before Your First Aerial Yoga Class
It’s hard not to be intrigued by aerial yoga. What would it be like to take a yoga practice into the air? Can I even do this? Where do I begin?
We’ve compiled a list of our best tips and advice to consider before your first class. Have more questions? Email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help!
FIND THE RIGHT CLASS
Even long-time practitioners will benefit from some of our slower paced classes to become familiar with using the aerial silk. We encourage you to begin your aerial yoga journey with either an Aerial-Flow Fusion or Restorative Aerial class when possible. Once you feel ready, you are welcome to join our Aerial Level I Beginner classes which include more inversions and strength-based transitions. We only recommend our All-Levels class after 5-10 classes.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Don't expect to be an expert on day one; the instructor will make every pose look easy, but aerial yoga requires a good about of upper body and core strength for most poses. It generally takes the averaged student around 5 times before they begin to feel comfortable and competent. So remember to pace yourself, your practice will gradually build.
YOU MIGHT FEEL SICK
It is not uncommon for new students to experience nausea or motion sickness in their first couple of classes as your body acclimates to the movement of the silk and the experience of inverting. Again, take breaks as needed to feel grounded. Peppermints and peppermint oil are helpful in combatting these symptoms, which should resolve after your first few classes and may not happen at all.
THE SILK COULD “HURT”
Beginners may feel discomfort or even pain in certain poses where the silk is wrapped tightly around a body part or is pressing against an area of your body where you carry a lot of tension. Similar to receiving a deep tissue massage, when a significant amount of pressure is applied to a very tense area of your body, in this case the silk, you may perceive discomfort. A simple adjustment of the silk a bit higher or lower on the body can greatly reduce this sensation. Over time, your body will learn to releasee tension in response to the pressure of your silk
A BIT OF FEAR IS NORMAL
Some students also experience a sense of fear in aerial yoga, as you are asked to trust the silk to support your entire body weight and to hang upside down. This is not uncommon and also typically resolves after your first few classes. Try your best to listen to the instructor's cues and quiet the voice inside your head that might be in a state of panic.
YES, IT WILL HOLD YOU
Our equipment is extremely secure. Each "silk" can support up to 3000 pounds of dynamic weight, which is how much you weigh when you are moving around (spinning, bouncing, swinging, etc.). The silks are suspended from caribineers, then black daisy chains, then the silk is knotted twice (one external knot that you can see and one within the first knot). The material is actually not silk but tricot, which is a very strong material that is sewn in such a way which allows the material to stretch horizontally but not vertically.
COMMUNICATE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR
Please communicate with your instructor if you are experiencing significant pain in a pose, as you will not be able to benefit from the pose if you are tensing up in response to pain.
Just as in a regular yoga class, you will experience stretching, strengthening, and a relaxing savasana at the end of class, but aerial yoga is generally more playful than traditional yoga. Many students can find a deeper stretch with the use of the silk and can explore inversions with the support of the silk in ways that are not available in a traditional class. We encourage you not to take yourself too seriously in aerial yoga and to remain open-minded and curious about what the experience has to offer.
CONSIDER THESE CONTRAINDICATIONS
While you should always check with your doctor before engaging in any type of physical activity, including yoga, we recommend avoiding Aerial yoga classes for any individual with the following conditions: Easy onset Vertigo, Fainting, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sinusitis, Recent Stroke, Botox(within 6 hours), Recent surgery, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Hiatal hernia or spinal instability, anyone taking anticoagulants or aspirin therapy, high or low blood pressure, history of heart conditions of any kind, pregnancy beyond the first trimester, more then 50lbs over weight, epilepsy, eye pressure problems or inner ear problems.