My fascination with aerial yoga began when I received an Athleta catalog last year. I was instantly intrigued by the flowing pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling and the models doing beautiful poses wrapped in the fabric. Immediately I wanted to do it, but it took some internet searching to even discover what it was called. Of course, no one near me offered anything like it. Fast forward one year.
I took my first aerial yoga class last week at Wilson's Fitness in Columbia, MO. It was everything I hoped it would be. Relaxing, stretching, toning, decompressing, and unique. The "womb" pose at the beginning felt comfortable and safe while the inversions near the end were exciting and empowering. In the picture above I am doing a "star" pose after climbing the silks from an inversion. As I clumsily made my way through this workout, I had glimpses of a former me. First the ex rock climber using my arms and legs to defy gravity. Then the young gymnast simultaneously seeking grace, strength, and athleticism. I felt free. The spatial awareness and the swing of the silks brought out past experiences that I had almost forgotten. Catina, the instructor, was there to lead us safely while encouraging us to go beyond our comfort level. I imagine that each workout gets better and better with skill and experience, so I will definitely do this again.
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