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New Exercise Experience: Aerial Yoga

Tyrannosaurus arms here took the plunge and tried out an Aerial Yoga class at Verve 360 yesterday.

IT IS VERY HARD.

To be skilled in aerial yoga, you should have lots of arm strength. Lots and lots and lots of it.

I have none.

You should also not have motion sickness. 

I have lots and lots and lots of motion sickness.

All that being said, it was not a disaster.  I did my best, and the class was extremely hard, but I got through it just fine. Aerial yoga isn’t really open to modifications like regular yoga is.  Since you always have some sort of limb suspended, you’re either doing the pose or you’re not, there isn’t much room to kind of do the pose.

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Used under Creative Commons License, Credit to @heylovedc on flickr

 Nope. Upside down did not happen.  I made it through most of the poses (sometimes in pathetic fashion, but still made it), except for one of the upside down poses. I was able to turn upside down when I got there by leaning forward, but I was not able to turn upside down when it required me leaning backward.  I don’t know if it was the unsteadiness of leaning back, or if my legs were just too tired/weak to pull up once I leaned back, but upside down wasn’t happening for me yesterday.  At least this gives me something to work toward.

I don’t know why I foolishly envisioned this class to be easy.  I imagined myself swinging on a silk like I’m on a swingset, kicking my feet all carefree. IT IS NOTHING LIKE THAT.  After the class a classmate and I quizzed the instructor on her background.  No, her background is not in skipping through the daisies.  Instead she’s a Pilates Master Instructor, Rock Climber and Aerialist.  This makes more sense to me, after yesterday’s hour of suspended torture.

Would I do aerial yoga as part of my regular exercise routine? Probably not. But it was fun and different.  I took this class with a LivingSocial coupon for a full month worth of unlimited classes at Verve, so I’m definitely going to take it a few more times during this month. Maybe by the end of the month I will be turning upside down, and I’ll gain a little strength in my tyrannosaurus arms.

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