Swing through Sivasana with the Greatest of Ease: Aerial Yoga



I saw the French-Canadian acrobatic group, Cirque de Soleil, when I was a wee one of about seven years old. Since then, I have been fascinated by the idea of what it would be like to do back flips on a trapeze, defy the laws of gravity, and in a word, levitate. Elegant gymnastic tricks are fun to play out in your head, but until recently, that’s where they had to stay, safe in the imagination. Not anymore!  Thanks to Aerial Yoga at Old Port’s studio Zuja Wellness, acrobatics have become a sixty-minute-after-work class.

Here’s what Zuja Wellness’ Aerial Yoga teacher, Kelly Corbin, has to say on the matter:

Pretty basic, but, for those who aren’t in the “know,” how is aerial yoga different than regular yoga?
Aerial yoga uses soft, low-hanging fabric hammocks to support the body during yoga postures.  Sometimes you may have an arm or leg in the fabric, sometimes you use it to support the entire body.  Aerial lets students dive deeper into postures without putting strain on the joints or the neck.  Bonus—it’s fun!

What is your favorite part about teaching aerial yoga?
I love teaching aerial because it really lets people find joy in their practice.  It’s a safe place for students to find that inner child who loved to swing and play and try new things—and still does, when given a chance.  Classes are often quiet and meditative, but then there are these wonderful bursts of laughter when people try something different or something unexpected happens.

Favorite part about taking aerial yoga?
Best.  Savasana.  Ever.  Seriously.  You’re in a hammock, gently rocking, and the world just melts away.  It’s amazing.

Least favorite part about taking aerial yoga?
Least favorite thing…hmm…the fabric can sometimes be pinchy in certain wraps, especially for new students.  The upshot is that, like all things, it gets better with practice.

Best aerial yoga tune (to practice or teach to)?
I love a variety of music in classes but Coldplay’s “Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground” seems particularly appropriate.  I also use some kirtan and lyrical pieces as well.  If it’s just me, practicing at home, I love to listen to Florence and the Machine.

Website:  www.zujawellness.com,
$15 if registered in advance.
Contact Kelly Corbin for more information.

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