I Tried It

Up in the Air: One Bad Yogi’s Experience with Aerial Yoga

I am an unashamed bargain hunter. I’m always on the search for class packs and free yoga wherever I can find it (for more on that, check out this post). So when I found a sweet deal to get three aerial yoga classes for $30, I jumped on it.

I’ve always wanted to try aerial yoga. There’s something so mysterious, graceful, and sexy about it. I envisioned myself twisting in the silky fabric, weightless and beautiful.

The reality was not exactly what I pictured.

Things I thought during aerial yoga:

This fabric is cutting into my fat.

I really have to pee.

My hands hurt.

I’m sorry, you want me to do a burpee?

Nope.

Is there a harness?

Woohoo I can straddle upside down!

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I’m going to fall.

Glad that’s over.

Can’t wait to come back!

Let’s just say, I did not feel graceful or sexy, but aerial yoga is most definitely still a mystery to me. I’ve got two more classes left on my class pack, so I’m definitely going back. This time, I’ll keep these tips in mind:

  • Go to the bathroom before class. Even if I don’t have to go. The silk puts insane pressure on your bladder.
  • Ask for help/modifications. The instructor in my class did not these unless someone asked. I’m going to speak up next time.
  • Focus more on my practice and less on what others can do/what they look like doing it. Comparison is poison.

Have you ever tried aerial yoga or another crazy workout trend? Tell me about your experience!

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5 Comments

  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    April 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I like when you say “comparison is poison”. That is absolutely true! Everything I’ve ever done I’ve found myself looking around to those in my class, whether it was yoga, horse back riding, snorkeling, whatever. I want to make sure what I’m doing isn’t wrong. Well, you can’t be completely wrong if your listening carefully to instructions, especially in yoga. Thank you for sharing your new practice!

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    Alicia

    April 23, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I’ve taught aerial yoga for the past year, and I remember thinking many of the same things my first class and would have never imagined teaching it haha!! Keep it up!

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    lynne moore

    April 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I have tried one intro class in aerial yoga. I want more, but will have to wait just a bit. It’s on my not-so-secret secret ninja skills list. Yes, my hands hurt; probably the hardest part for me. But that’s the challenge – boost some hand and arm strength. Love the inversions – love letting gravity help ease away stress.

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    Michele

    April 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I teach aerial yoga too, and am learning some other aerial skills related to circus/dance. I absolutely love the challenge, the inversions and the strength it has brought to my body, without even noticing. I highly recommend everyone try it– a lovely expansion to your daily yoga practice. It can also help advance some of your traditional yoga poses more quickly by allowing deeper stretches and a support for balance poses. Kids especially love it, but they are fearless by nature!

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    Michelle

    April 24, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve been dying to try an aerial class. The whole inversion aspect sounds like it would be SO good for stress relief. They only do them 1 day a month where I am and I always seem to miss it. Good to know (and totes honest) tips. Um, especially hitting the bathroom beforehand and not playing the comparison game!

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