Guidelines for Aerial Yoga

 

Pre-requisites

Aerial Level 1 classes - Ability to hold plank for 30 seconds.  Ability to hold a single legged balance for 15 seconds.  No contra-indications for inverting (going upside down.) No recent shoulder or hip injuries.

Aerial Level 2 classes - All pre-requisites for Level 1 apply, plus the ability to confidently get into "straddle back" without any instructions.  Ability to hold handstand against a wall for 15 seconds.  Hold straight arm hang for 15 seconds (ability to complete 1 pull up is helpful).

No pre-requisites required for Aerial  Beginner.

Please note that every aerial class will explore inversions.  


Benefits

Build strength and awareness of the core and body
Increased flexibility, balance and body alignment
Effective overall conditioning and increased muscle tone
Decompression of the spine through inversions
Complete relaxation
Mindfulness and breath awareness
Sense of fun, freedom and confidence


Aerial Yoga Student Etiquette

If you are new to the studio, please allow yourself 15 minutes to fill out paperwork and connect with your teacher to set up for class.

Avoid wearing lotion or strong perfumes.

Remove your shoes before entering the studio classroom.

Please do not chew gum.

Be considerate of the next person using the hammock and observe good personal hygiene.

Aerial Yoga can be exciting. For safety reasons, we ask that you are quiet and listen attentively while the teacher is talking.

Listen to your body and take care of yourself during class. Rest when needed by coming to child’s pose on your mat or resting in the hammock in a neutral position that feels good to you.

Avoid practicing on a full stomach.

Please turn cell phones off or silence them. Please do not leave your phone on vibrate.


Clothing

Please wear a sleeved shirt that covers the armpits and pants that cover your knees.

Wear form fitting clothing. Please do not wear baggy clothing as they can snag and catch on the sling’s fabric causing accidents.

Ensure that your clothing is "zipper free" and remove all jewelry, watches and hair clips. These items can snag and damage the silk hammocks.


Physical Restrictions and Contraindications

Please talk to the teacher before attending class if you have any medical issues that prevent you from inverting or putting pressure on your skin. Check with your doctor before attending class if you have a spinal injury or any medical condition that might be effected by an Aerial Yoga class. Possible contraindications include:

Pregnancy
Glaucoma
Recent Surgery
Heart Disease
Very High or Very Low Blood Pressure
Easy Onset Vertigo
Osteoporosis or Bone Weakness
Recent Concussion or Head Injury
Head Cold, Flu, or Sinusitis
Hiatal Hernia or Disc Herniation
Recent Stroke
Artificial or Re-Surfaced Hips
Botox (within 24 hours of class)


Commonly Asked Questions

How strong are the hammocks?

The hammocks are made of high density nylon made to hold up to 2000 lbs. They are suspended by industrial strength polyester wraps.

How difficult are aerial yoga classes?

A certain amount of strength and body awareness is required to do the Flow and Strength classes but the Beginner and Restore classes should be accessible to most.

Do I need prior yoga experience? Aerial experience? Is this a circus class?

While any prior experience in yoga or aerial arts can be helpful, it isn’t necessary to attend class. The first fifteen minutes of Level 1 classes will be spent helping beginners adjust their hammocks and safely maneuver in them. Please arrive 10 minutes before class to adjust the height of your hammock with your instructor and to become familiar with it.

Aerial Yoga is not a circus class. Aerial Yoga classes are designed to give you an all-over workout that diversifies the challenges of a traditional fitness classes by using the hammock for inversions, support in the yoga poses and flying. It’s an enthralling experience.

How is AY different from other group fitness classes? From yoga classes?

By training the muscles to respond fluidly to a series of challenging exercises designed to strengthen and tone the entire body, AY provides its students with an effective all-around workout. The incorporation of the hammocks, while encouraging the development of students’ core strength and musculature, also adds the sensation of flight…and most importantly, the element of FUN!