Aerial Yoga: Getting Your Practice Off The Ground

Looking for something new and different in your practice for the New Year? Try Aerial Yoga!

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga is a form of yoga that combines yoga principles and familiar asanas with acrobatic and dance-based elements. In Aerial Yoga, a prop suspended from the ceiling provides additional support, allowing the practitioner to be suspended above the ground. Often this prop is a fabric swing, shaped like a hammock and made of strong, high-density fabric. Usually set at hip-height, the swing supports the body especially in inverted postures as well as in forward folds and backbends that may be less accessible otherwise. The swing also provides an added dimension to your practice, and lets you build strength and flexibility in different ways than are possible on the mat.

Why should I try aerial yoga?

Aerial Yoga offers all of the benefits of traditional yoga, and also allows the body to move in new ways, freed from the familiar constraints of gravity. It adds extra support to inversion and handstand practice, provides unique opportunities for strengthening the core and arms, and can make finding correct alignment easier in many poses. It is a unique challenge to any yoga practitioner, and offers fresh perspective to your yoga practice. It’s also fun!

When are classes offered?

There are currently three Aerial Yoga offerings at Keene Yoga Center: Foundational Aerial Yoga, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays (a recommendation before taking the Intermediate classes); and Intermediate Aerial Power Yoga, from 5:15 to 6:15 on Tuesdays, both taught by Bronwyn Sims, as well as Intermediate Aerial Yoga with Marie-Douce on Fridays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM!

Written by Grace Martin

Grace Martin is a library assistant and aspiring writer who loves food, fiber arts, and reading any book she can get her hands on. She was drawn to yoga in early 2017, and enjoys incorporating aspects of meditation and ritual into her practice. She has lived in Keene for the past two years.

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