Aerial Yoga

We use a soft width of fabric hung like a hammock at hip height or 10 inches above the ground for a restorative practice. Using the hammock as a prop we move through a flowing sequence of classic and adapted yoga postures.

Chakra Aerial Yoga is a playful and fun way to practise yoga and enhance other sporting activities. 

With our weight supported, either partially or fully by the fabric, we can explore ways of aligning and strengthening the body as well as releasing tension and decompressing joints in a practice that is playful and restorative rather than stressful or strenuous.

Connect offer this Introduction Workshop.

Please note **This workshop is required before booking onto the Fly High to Stay Grounded Class**

INTRODUCTION TO AERIAL YOGA 

Two hours of loveliness in your very own cocoon! The hammock is hung at hip height and traditional yoga poses are adapted as we explore improved alignment; strengthening the core and lengthening the body whilst releasing built up muscle tension and relieving joint compression. We will play with a few confidence building flips or tricks for fun and will also include an inversion if you are in the mood for hanging upside down! (Don't worry if you're not). We finish with a floating seated meditation and blissed out Savasana laying down in the hammock. Bliss! 

Essential oils are used throughout the workshop and sweetness after practice. 

Connect offer these two types of classes.

FLY HIGH TO STAY GROUNDED

In the Fly High classes you will be able to achieve advanced yoga postures that can take years to learn. It helps for deeper stretches and greater flexibility whilst building core strength – with ease, and because it’s so playful it leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

RESTORE AND RELEASE 

Blissed out tunes and low lighting, floating between the low level hammock and the mat, spending longer in poses and easing into the body and breath. We will explore floating, fluid movements and create space in the body without compressing joints. An uplifting chilled out practice to take you into the week ahead. This practice is suitable for beginners to yoga and aerial and for those in recovery from injury.  The hammock is lower down so it’s easier to get in and out of. Bliss!

AERIAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

We take inspiration from classic yoga poses and get creative with the hammock to build STRENGTH, STRENGTH, STRENGTH as the cornerstone of the practice from which all poses are possible. Working from a strong centre to the periphery to enhance lengthening poses, challenge balance and create body awareness. The hammock may be hung at hip height or shin height depending on what the focus of the class is. We don't invert in this class so you don't need to attend a workshop. We still meditate and we still relax in Savasana and it’s all done in your very own cocoon. A perfect complement to your regular mat practice.

BENEFITS

  • Decompression of joints and spine
  • Re-alignment of the body structure without stress and strain
  • Development of core strength, stability and balance
  • Encourages self-confidence and sense of mastery
  • Stimulating the mind by learning new skills and techniques
  • Reconnecting you to your playful nature

Timetable

Teachers

Katy Szarko

Katy Szarko

Katy’s yoga journey started in 2002 as an apprehensive beginner attending a class with a friend. It wasn’t long before she experienced the benefits of practise first hand. She noticed her overall physical and mental wellbeing improve - improved balance, her migraines became less frequent, her Raynaud’s disappeared completely and she could (nearly) touch her toes!

She wanted to learn more about this practice that had the power to transform, and so started a Foundation course with the three year training course with British Wheel of Yoga and hasn’t looked back since. She trained as a children's yoga teacher at Calm for Kids with Christiane Kerr in 2012 and completed her Aerial Yoga training with Chakra Aerial Yoga in 2015.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. IS THIS CLASS FOR ME?

Yoga is an opportunity to tap into how we feel on a physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual level and to develop a better understanding and connection with ourselves and with others. Aerial yoga is no different, however, the workshops and Fly High classes can be a physically and mentally challenging practice and so may not be suitable for everyone. While Aerial Yoga is beneficial for many, there are a number of health conditions which may prohibit your participation in this class listed in the Terms and Conditions (link to T&Cs). Please read and agree to these before committing to a class or speak directly with a teacher if you think the practice may not be suitable.

Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Bring a water bottle and your own mat if you prefer, but studio mats and hammocks are provided during class for free.

Q. WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Please arrive 15 minutes before class starts so you can get ready and the hammock can be adjusted to your height.

Q. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wearing soft, comfortable, close fitting clothing without zips or dangling cords as these may get caught/damage the hammock. Avoid polyester as this tends to slip on the hammock. Wearing a top that fits snugly around the middle so that it doesn't rise up during movements. To minimise the risk of snagging the fabric please keep nails short and remove all jewellery. As getting jewellery caught on the fabric is also a health and safety risk to yourself. There are changing cubicles at the studio for before and after class.

Q. WHEN SHOULD I EAT?

Have a light snack a few hours before class and come to class well-hydrated

Q. HOW DO I GET TO THE CLASS?

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