As I mentioned in my last post, I recently became aware of a yoga studio in St. Albert offering suspension yoga classes. I LOVE suspension yoga (aka aerial or anti-gravity yoga) and haven’t had the chance to do it in ages, though it’s really my own fault for not really looking for it. The last time I did aerial yoga the only place offering it was a pole dancing studio in South Edmonton, and I wasn’t crazy about the instructor so I just gave up on it.
This is a different story, however. Soul Fitness Mind Body Studios is a beautiful space with friendly instructors who really know their stuff. They have two yoga spaces – a hot/warm yoga studio and a traditional/suspension yoga studio. Plus, they’re close enough to where I live that it doesn’t feel inconvenient to trek out there, which is actually pretty high on my list of deciding factors because I’m lazy and I feel like I spend way too much time driving around the city as it is.
The instructor took us through an introductory series since everyone in the class was fairly new to it. This included getting into and out of the silk safely, poses using the floor as well as entirely within the silk, inversions, back-bends, balances, and flips.
My favorites are the back-bends and inversions. There is something so amazing about doing these stretches in a silk – unlike traditional yoga you can relax much more deeply and really sink into the pose because you don’t have to use your arms and legs to support yourself. Plus you get that fun little head rush when you come out of it 🙂
If you’ve never taken suspension or aerial yoga before I highly encourage you to try it out. It can be a little scary to trust that you won’t fall out or that the silk won’t give out on you, but those things are darn strong (they’re rated at about 3,000 pounds). With all the running I have on my schedule this summer I’m really trying to commit to at least one gentle or restorative yoga class a week, and this definitely fits the bill.