Aerial Yoga: Flying High
Come on in! Today I am going to give you my first ever review of my first Aerial Yoga class in the AYOGA Studio en Atocha. Did I love it or Hate It???
I am very excited to bring you today’s post about AYOGA studio. A new yoga studio that breaths inspiration, relaxation and positive energy right when you step through the doors.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to partake in an Aerial Yoga session (AreoYoga) I had to share the wealth and invite my acrobatic friend Dámaso along for the ride. For those of you who have never been to an Aerial Yoga session in short it is similar to your typical yoga practice, but based on some type of suspension and inversions.
Let the Session Begin…
Throughout my session, we did various traditional yoga poses and others were adapted to use the hammock for support or just to swing back and forth for a tad bit. The hammock is used in multiple ways from simple seated stretches progressing to inverse hanging poses and some gradual assisted stretching moves.
BTW: Each hammock can support up to 2,000 lbs. (970 kg), so you’re not going to break it.
Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are- Jason Crandell
The class lasted a little over an hour with about 45-50mins of actual poses and a short meditation and post to prepare us for the city hustle and bustle. The meditation was inside of each of our personal hammocks and the professor gave us a little gentle push to swinging gently from side to side. AMAZING and very calming!
Benefits of Aerial Yoga:
- Increase Strength & Flexibility: Aerial Yoga is a total body workout using the majority of your muscle groups to move and stretch.
- Hang Freely: Being inverted helps to decompress the spine and allows oxygen to freely flow through your body
- Greater awareness of your body: More challenging poses that concentrate not only on flexibility but also balance and personal strength (Mentally and Physically)
- Better Focus: As the whole aurora of the class helps you combat stress, relax your mind and so much more.
One instant benefit that I noticed right after walking out of the class was that my hips opened up a TON as, I have always had fairly tight hips when it comes to stretching. Which to this day has continued to help me in my regular Ashtanga sessions.
My experience with Aerial Yoga was very uplifting, the asana, stretching with your own body weight and the inversions, just a very new way to challenge your body and mind. I would highly recommend trying Aerial Yoga AND the AYOGA studio if you are in the Madrid Atocha area.
Have you ever tried Aerial Yoga? If so let me know what your thoughts? If you’re a newbie like me do you want to try Aerial Yoga?
On that note, I bid you all a good night!
*Side Note: I took my own yoga mat to the aero session so I had something to stand on etc. However, most classes offer them as well.