I do a lot of yoga already but aerial yoga is totally different. You don't need any yoga experience to take part - there are no sanskrit pose names, no meditation and no downward-dogs here! All of the yoga takes place in the hammocks and the small class size means that no one gets left in the back row not knowing what on earth is going on. Some yoga classes can be quite serious but this is a self-confessed fun class carried out to a chilled out soundtrack and I actually found myself laughing quite a lot - either through the joy of swinging through the air or nervously in a oh-my-gosh-I'm-going-to-fall sort of way!
Laura, our instructor, was super friendly and dealt really well with the mix of regulars and newbies in the class. The hardest part of aerial yoga is just having the trust that you won't fall out the hammock (it is fastened very securely to a very strong-looking ceiling and there is no way that you can fall out of the poses!) but after some help and encouragement I was able to do all the poses and it's an absolutely amazing feeling dangling upside down. The hour-long class is such a good workout but between the fun element and the eek-scary-upsidedown moments the time flies and you forget how hard your muscles are working.
The workout starts with stretching - using the hammocks to support your body weight gives a really deep stretch - then moves on to arm and core work (essential for being able to master some of the moves). Then the fun really begins with the inversions! Inversions are amazing for stretching out our muscles and giving our joints a break from having to support our weight all day. Hanging upside down literally does give you a new perspective. After some "flying arrows" on the hammocks we ended the class with five minutes of relaxation lying in the hammocks - I imagined that I was on a far-flung tropical beach - total bliss!
|The studio at the Farringdon Gymbox.|
|Camel pose - such a good stretch!|
|Monkey pose - actually a lot easier than it looks!|