How Do I Prepare for an Aerial Yoga Class?
- Be mindful of the silks. Please do not wear jewelry, belts, or clothing with zippers, sharp edges, or anything that could potentially tear the fabric.
- Be prepared to practice barefoot. Trimming nails and smoothing out rough feet may help prevent fabric snags. Yoga socks may also be worn. Barre Sox are available at the studio for $15.
- Observing good personal hygiene makes it a great experience for everyone. Please avoid heavy perfumes in consideration of those around you as well as fabric care.
- Wear clean clothing that covers your underarms and behind the knees completely, especially if you have sensitive skin. Avoid short shorts or very baggy clothing.
- Do not use hand lotion or sunscreen before class.
- You can bring a yoga mat to class, but it is not necessary.
- Eating or drinking is never recommended before yoga, but it is particularly important with Aerial. Avoid eating or drinking acidic liquids an hour prior to class; if you need a snack, try something light like 1/2 an apple or banana.
- Some people enjoy ginger tea or ginger candy about an hour before the first few classes if they are prone to dizziness.
What Happens In a Typical Class?
Begin with an Intro class, where you’ll become familiar with the fabric as we cover all of the basic wraps and poses. While practicing Aerial Yoga, students will move through the same elements of a floor practice, except that you’ll be elevated in the fabric or using the fabric for alignment during class. Some postures will involve only partial support from the hammock, while others will require complete trust in the fabric as it supports 100% of your body weight. Once you’ve acquired the Intro to Aerial Yoga skills, you can expand into more advanced classes that explore variations & flows that will deepen your practice & keep your inner child wanting more.
We recommend not to practice Aerial Yoga if you are pregnant or suffer from any of the following: glaucoma, vertigo, recent stroke or hernia, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, high or low blood pressure or recent surgery. 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. If you have had botox or other skin fillers, wait 24 hours before doing inversions. If you are pregnant please refrain from practice or speak with the instructor about customized private sessions.