One of the things that was on my to-do list was to go to an aerial yoga class. That was on the list for a long time. I wanted to find out what it’s like and what the hype is all about. So, I signed up for a lunchtime aerial yoga class and off I went.
After paying £25 (!) for a 45-minute class, I went with one of my work colleagues to the class just around the corner from work. We went inside and were almost a bit lost as we didn’t really know where we were supposed to go, but then found the reception desk hidden around the corner.
After being led upstairs we were shown how to get into the slings that were hanging from the ceiling. Then the class started. We did around 6-8 poses altogether. Aerial yoga wasn’t at all what I expected. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that.
For me, it seemed more like a struggle to get into the poses and then to hold them. I seemed to be fighting with the sling more than anything else and because I was off the floor for the majority of the time I seemed to constantly turn around in circles, with the majority of the time having my back to the teacher.
Relaxation pose at the end of the class was not so much relaxation for me as getting dizzy and feeling like I had a hang-over. The next day, however, I could really feel the muscles that I’ve been using during the class.
All in all, I wouldn’t go back, especially not when a 45-minute class costs £25. However, I can see why people like it. It is a good workout and it would really complement bouldering. For me personally though, this is not why I do yoga, so I will stick with my mat yoga for now.
Have you done aerial yoga before? What was your experience?