I was hanging upside down tonight, and it was one of the most fun nights I’ve ever had recently. ♥
By pure luck, I overheard one of my awesome coworkers and my boss talk about going to an aerial yoga class. And even though I just had a migraine and a weird swollen eye, I thought it was the perfect way to end the night.
For those who don’t know, Aerial Yoga, or Anti-Gravity Yoga as some may call it, it’s an activity where you do multiple challenging poses while hanging from a long cloth. It originated from New York, where it is a combined exercise by yoga, dancing, and Pilates with the use of fabric suspended above the floor that looks like a hammock.
It looks intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, becomes fun to do. The class was at Waterfront Cebu at their Asana Yoga Studio, at 8:30 PM. Our instructor, the strong and amazing Joriza Dacurro, gave us the basics as well as intermediate poses that became easier and easier once you believed that the silk cloth was strong enough to hold you.
The silk cloth, imported from various parts of the world, that can hold up to a thousand pounds and was primarily made to avoid cloth burn and of course, to hold up whoever is using it. With poses where you’re standing upright or hanging upside down, it was perfect to use and to relax in by making it a cocoon.
The hammock mostly supports you throughout the poses, but the biggest thing you need to bring with you to class is courage. You will be doing flips and climbing up the rope with no one else supporting you. So you need to trust yourself that you’ll be able to do it, and the rest will be easy.
The most significant benefit of aerial yoga is that since a lot of the poses are inverted, it decompresses your spine, relaxes your muscles and is a fantastic strength training for your arms, legs and your grip.
Have you ever tried Aerial Yoga? If not, do you think it’s something you might like to do?