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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

#gymbunny: Aerial Yoga

As part of my new #gymbunny mentality I decided to be more adventurous and try new exercise classes. In searching for the unusual I stumbled across a whole range of weird and wonderful ones I want to try.
My first and most recent adventure as #gymbunny was in Aerial Yoga....

Aerial Yoga

Here's the blurb about what aerial yoga actually is/does:
Aerial Yoga revolves around counteracting gravity. By relieving compression due to the pull of gravity while on the ground, the spine is elongated and the shoulders straightened. The few inches of suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility. 
Aerial Yoga is an innovative program that blends the beneficial elements of traditional yoga methodology with the unique conditioning of aerial arts. A cross between  a yoga class and an aerial class, Aerial Yoga is designed to incorporate the balancing and stretching components of yoga with the strengthening and exhilarating components of aerial arts. 

My experience:
I had found a class locally to where I work so went in the lunch break thinking I wouldn't sweat that much....boy was I wrong!!!

On entering the classroom there was a mixture of poles and hanging silks... already my nerves had kicked in and when the very agile teacher climbed the poles holding on with only her thighs to add more silks to the ceiling (yes the ceiling!!) I could see this class obviously works!!

The class itself was more for me a test of trust as many of the positions involved being upside down or flipping around. Being very tall and having no balance whatsoever this was a real challenge plus without my glasses I'm as blind.....needless to say I was laughing throughout! 

I have to say I did enjoy it and found many of the positions very difficult which I see as a huge plus because I can only improve. Also I ended up sweating like mad due to the strenuous moves and ab crunching positions.

Aerial Yoga

It's a shame really that locally to me these kinds of more unusual forms of exercise class are either non existent or at times I can't do during the day (due to work.) I'm going to try as many as I can to see what works best for me but to also keep my body on it's toes and for my routine to not become to samey. 

If I can get to more Aerial yoga I will as my body certainly told me that I'd worked hard the day after!! 
I did Aerial Yoga through a company called Danse Vivante who operate across the Birmingham area. The class was £6 which I think is pretty good.

Have you guys tried any brilliant fitness classes? Let me know so I can hunt them down! 

*Images taken from Danse Vivante*
** This is NOT a sponsored post!! I enjoy getting fit and I don't mind paying for skilled teachers/classes!!**


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