My Next Adventure In Motion Part III

My Next Adventure In Motion Part III

Ever since flying free on the trapeze I’ve had an inner urge to keep at it — high above the ground.  Aerial silks, with its natural defiance of gravity, seemed like the next move to make. With roots in circus arts and yoga, I decided that since I’ve already got the yogi thing (sort of) down, why not give it a go, and get it off the ground!

Oh, Hi!

WHAT IS IT?

Aerial yoga is a fusion practice. It takes traditional yoga poses and places them in or around a silk hammock. There’s a definite level of strength and balance infused in trying to maneuver within the draping piece of fabric. Themes like trust, and play are explored within the framework of the breath while working to find personal expression and grace.

WHAT THE SCENE LOOKS LIKE

Women who know yoga. One woman told me she was in the midst of an Ashtanga teacher training which required her to try different yoga variations. A couple others looked very relaxed inverting in the air. Oh, and the overall room was vibrant with orange silks underneath every move.

THE RHYTHM OF THE ROOM

Light. Airy. Flowing.

THE SOUNDTRACK

It could be anything, really. In my class it was downtempo. I heard Erykah Badu and my favorite from Radiohead, Reckoner.

MIND, BODY OR SOUL WORKOUT?

All of them. A wandering mind will leave your body flat on the floor — so you must stay present! Also, it’s fun. The soul LOVES to play! We swung. We flew. We did somersaults. We hung upside down. Think- kids at a playground. Then add an Om.

Would you ever try aerial yoga?

13 Comments

  1. Now is this not a very Punchyish thing to do?

  2. chloedance@comcast.net' SirenaTales says:

    TT, Very cool. Thanks for the colorful description, as I have wondered about this since seeing a much less detailed article about an aerial yoga class in my newspaper last fall. Is that you calmly, seemingly effortlessly, dangling there? I find the element of play in this to be very appealing. Will you go back? xx + hug

  3. You’ll never know unless you try 🙂

  4. Why yes, ST– that is me dangling…and let me just say — it was so much fun to dangle! I don’t get to do that very often. I think this could be a fun supplement to my traditional yoga practice… for when I’m looking to spice it up and learn new tricks. Because as you say, the element of play is very appealing. Do they offer any classes near you? It could be an interesting variation to your dancing…perhaps it could add a new dimension to your choreography with the airiness of it all. xx + Big Hug PS. I’m so happy you were here today!

  5. donz.webb@gmail.com' donzwebb says:

    Hey Tamina! Looks like such a blast.:) I’ve watched aerial silks classes at my ballet studio and I’m planning on signing up for a workshop sometime this year for sure! – Donna

  6. Donna, I think aerial yoga could be a nice complement to ballet…your muscles can fully relax while stretching deeper in the pose.

  7. My brain would fall out.

  8. That’s the point…to stop thinking.

  9. But you know what they say: Once out, it’s not too easy to get back in.

  10. Who said that? Maybe this is exactly what you need.

  11. The professor did.

  12. Aerial and acro yoga have become my favorite yoga styles! I love to play and do yoga all at once. 😉

  13. I loved aerial yoga…I only did it that once — but it was definitely yoga + fun. I have yet to try acro yoga, is that kind of like partner yoga?

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