Last weekend I learned to fly. Sort of. Sometimes aerial yoga is referred to as flying, and I decided it was finally time to sprout wings and give it a try.
I looked at the pile of dirty dishes and basket of laundry that needed folding and said they could wait. After hesitating for over a year, I finally made time to try something that I’ve been curious about for a very long time.
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I attended the Introduction to Aerial Yoga class at Be Yoga studio in Sioux City. Myself and five other brave souls started by learning the basics to body control and safe form studio owner and instructor, Jackie, when using the bright blue hammocks.
Stepping into the blue panels is very freeing. You become weightless, able to do deeper backbends and move into yoga poses without any pressure on your knees or wrists. It does take time to get used to being inverted and controlling your breath.
After just a few minutes in the hammock, you can feel your spine elongate and your mind relax. Maneuvering the hammock is a workout. This type of yoga tests upper-body and core strength each time you pull yourself up and into the hammock. You also have to balance to stay centered on the fabric, so you don’t fall forward or back!
I look forward to trying this type of yoga again in the future. Have you ever tried aerial yoga? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!
Until next time,
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