I’m a sucker for a good Groupon.
What is it?
Also known as aerial yoga or upside-down yoga (ok, the latter is only in my head…), it’s a silk hammock bolted to the ceiling, a yoga mat, and you. You use the hammock to assist you with poses. For example, you use it to raise your hips doing Downward Dog, or to put your legs in the hammock to make poses like plank a lot more challenging. Even more differently, the hammock means you can do entirely new poses that release you from the ground entirely.
What’s it like?
It’s fun. You swing, hang upside-down (comfortably), and do savasana suspended in the air, wrapped in an extremely comfortable cocoon. You’ll also feel like an elegant badass when you get some of the suspended poses right.
This is probably the least obnoxious intro/promo video YouTube has to offer, showing a lot of the different poses:
What’s to dislike?
A lot of the moves take a good bit of core and upper-body strength: which is great if you want to work on those, but can be a bit frustrating as well, depending on your abilities. I also found some of the moves pretty painful when the silk is being used as a narrow band and the position means most or all of your bodyweight is resting on it – several times I had to come out of a pose early because my skin was screaming at me and I frequently found bruises on my hip bones after class.
Who would like it?
Anyone who likes to be a bit playful with their physical activity. Those of you with good core and upper-body strength will find it easier, but I have neither of those and still had fun.
If my experience is anything to go by, don’t go expecting a thorough, comprehensive yoga class. I never felt unsafe at all, even thought I expected to. The poses really do work if you do what you’re told, but there was little sense of the thought that went into each pose. Think of it more as a strength and conditioning class than anything else. Yoga experience is helpful because some of the poses use the same names, but not essential.
I’d definitely go again, but as an occasional treat rather than a regular thing.
Have you tried it? Do you want to, or is this the last thing that looks like fun to you?