Last night I attended my first ever aerial/anti-gravity yoga class.
It was awesome.
And also scary (so much so that I wanted to pee on several occasions and I looked at the instructor and laughed a little in disbelief when he was explaining/showing us what we were about to do a.k.a “We’re going to what?!?!”).
(Have a look at this link on youtube if you want to see how it’s done.)
I spent a lot of the hour upside-down in this inversion:
And every so often we would open our legs out and do this:
Obviously I didn’t look nearly as graceful as this and most of the time I was slightly freaking out about the fact that the only thing holding me up was a piece of material, but I still impressed myself. I think my rope experiences were a huge help. Most of the first-time attendees struggled with the inversions but I was flipping with the more experienced folk and although the silk pinches into your body and is ouchie, it’s not nearly as ouchie as a futomono.
The silk is more like a hammock and apparently it has a load rating of about 2000kg but the thought that I could fall out of it pretty easily and land on my head flashed through my head numerous times.
The day after I had pretty sore abs. It’s an exceptional core workout and I think it will help with my flexibility if I go regularly.
In some ways the experience was akin to experiencing shibari, but because I couldn’t ‘let go’ it wasn’t as relaxing. I’m thinking if I do a few more classes and get more comfortable with it, I might be able to enjoy ‘flying’. Could this be a way I could get flying on tap??