So the back story:
Friend of a friend that I’ve met a few times and moved to St. Louis with her husband about a year ago emails me to get together. I’m like YEAH FOR SURE and she recommends yoga so I’m like YES 100% and then she recommends this aerial yoga class and I’m like I LOVE YOU YES.
I’ve seen aerial yoga and other aerial classes pop up everywhere and I’d been wanting to try it out. Turns out there was a class on Wednesday nights nearby, so I met her there. (Actually I drove by her, rolled down my window and asked where the heck the place was. It was right next to me, they just don’t have a sign. You really should get one, Lilly Steele Fitness!
The class ended up being five women, three of which had never done aerial yoga before. I think because of that it was very basic, and not really a workout. However, I can see how if you knew what you were doing the class could be much faster and more difficult.
You have to learn how to even hold and get into the fabric, which is designed to hold up to 1000 lbs, so just that takes a bit of time. While its “yoga” in the sense that there is a version of downward dog and a version of forward fold, the class we did was not really yoga. Again, more advanced classes could be more of a true yoga flow, but for us it was just getting into cool positions and stretching in the fabric and lots of laughing and hanging upside down.
We did do some twists sitting in the fabric, some backbends and some splits and a little ab work, and then got into inversions which was where the real fun started. Thankfully she let us just hang upside down and try things out for a while, which was awesome and so funny. We had a great group of women that just cracked up the whole time.
(ps – whole outfit is fabletics!)
Warning: some of the positions kind of hurt. When you’re holding all of your weight with a piece of fabric in your hip crease it doesn’t feel too good. Apparently that’s normal and as you get used to it and develop the correct technique it’s much better.
And the end….savasana lying in your hammock cocoon. I could have stayed there forever. Worth the price just for that. Makes me want one for my apartment!
Overall review: Super fun, but a beginner class is more learning and playing than a workout. I’d go back with friends because it’s a silly blast (so fun for a bachelorette party, I think!), but not something I’d pay to do all the time.
- Have you ever tried Aerial Yoga? Do you want to?