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I Tried Aerial Yoga

fitness Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 2/18/19

This weekend I tried aerial yoga for the first time. It was rad and I felt like a flying gazelle princess…except when I felt like a clumsy elephant. There was no in between.

I went to Vertical Fitness Dallas with a friend – it was my second time there, but the first was for a pole dancing class/Bachelorette party last April. More on that class another time. It was a doozy.

I’ve taken a lot of yoga classes of different varieties, but never aerial yoga. So yeah, I wanted to try it. I have pretty stellar balance skills built up because I’ve been through so much physical therapy for my knee. Humblebrag, I guess. Having a little bit of background in yoga and the ability to confidently balance on one leg was helpful in this class, no doubt.

Now, here’s the thing. I think even if you didn’t have any yoga experience, you would like this class. You’re chilling in a flowy cloth, listening to Enya! It’s awesome. Close your eyes and you are IN cirque du soleil. You’re a swan queen. You only drink green smoothies. Your house is full of light and free of clutter, chaos and children. You only wear white clothing and your hair is always the perfect, delicate beach wave. You are the embodiment of zen perfection.

Open your eyes and it’s like you’re having that falling dream where you quite literally snap back to reality and slam down out of the fabric hammock. It’s fine.

It was a great class and made me feel like I really knew what I was doing. I will say, the cloth is more painful than it looks. When you’re hanging upside down, it’s cutting into your skin because it’s literally the only thing keeping gravity from smashing your face into the ground. So that’s a bummer, but I did find that, when going backwards, situating the cloth as low as possible on your back, almost at your butt, was the least painful way to hang. The further it goes up your back, the more painful it is.

I preferred flinging myself forward to hang once I got past the thought that I would dive face first into the ground if I let go of the cloth. The whole things was very Spider-Man. You’ll have to take my word for it this time, because the video I have isn’t loading. Sorry, friends.

The best part of the class, aside from feeling like a legit yogi, was the shavasana cocoon at the end. This isn’t your average lay-on-your-back shavasana where you’re trying not to focus on the sounds of people getting up to leave the yoga studio or gym. This was literally cocooning yourself in this hanging cloth fabric hammock and wondering if they would notice if you just sleep there. It was excellent.

If you’re in the Dallas area, Vertical Fitness has a new student special – 3 classes for the price of 2. I have 2 left – I’m thinking I might see what’s up with the lyra hoop and maybe take an aerial silks class. I’ve done a silks class before, but it was years ago and I thought it was so fun!

Overall: I would totally do it again!

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