My first aerial yoga experience was completely random.
I was on a work trip in a tiny little town in regional Queensland called Woombye. Honestly, before I got there, I was expecting to be bored for the weekend. But then we stumbled across an aerial yoga studio, and saw a bunch of people hanging from silks.
And thought FUN.
Within hours, we were doing our own class. And I fell in love.
A quick run-down – aerial yoga is basically stretches and yoga poses that involve a silk hanging from the ceiling (the silk bottom is at the height of your hip). There are some that just involve holding the silk to further stretch a muscle, some that involve sitting/standing in the silk to work the core, and some that involve hanging upside-down.
Now, let me be honest – I grew up as a dancer, so I have a co-ordination advantage. But my friends who accompanied me were of varying co-ordination levels, and there were other absolute beginners in the class. In fact, every aerial class I’ve done since has had beginners, and I have NEVER SEEN ANYONE SLIP OUT AND HIT THE FLOOR.
I know that was your first question. It was definitely mine.
In the aerial yoga classes I have done since (I’ve only done about seven, so I’m still a beginner myself), I have realised that we actually learned some really advanced stuff in our first class, which was testament to the teacher and environment. I have always felt safe in the classes, and have never been pushed to do something that I’m not ready for. Don’t be afraid, just try it.