Aerial Silks Yoga *etiquette & statistics
Aerial Yoga offers authentic yoga, with the support of a soft, aerial fabric hammock — to explore, refine, and advance traditional asana, both in the air and on the ground. Uniquely developed for beginners thru all levels of experience. Our instructors come with full background checks, CPR & First Aid certifications and a minimum of 200 hours of yoga teacher training.
AERIAL YOGA STUDENT ETIQUETTE:
If it is your first-time at Fit Columbia, please allow yourself 10 minutes to fill out paperwork and connect with your teacher to set up for class.
If you have already come to an aerial class at Fit Columbia, please arrive 5 minutes before class to set yourself up comfortably in your hammock.
Aerial Yoga can be thrilling. For safety reasons, we ask that you are quiet and listen attentively while the teacher is talking.
Listen to your body and take care of yourself during class. Rest when needed by coming to child’s pose on your mat or resting in the hammock in a neutral position that feels good to you.
Communicate openly with our instructors. Please let them know if you have any injury. During class if you feel any discomfort, please let the instructor know right away so that he/she can adjust and help you.
Avoid practicing on a full stomach. Please do not eat a heavy meal in the two hours before class and it is highly recommended that you not eat or drink heavy smoothies an hour before your class time. Trust us, you’ll appreciate the advice.
Please turn cell phones off or silence them. Please do not leave your phone on vibrate.
Wear leggings and shirts with sleeves.
Avoid wearing lotion, oil or strong perfumes.
We take a lot of photos in our aerial yoga classes. We ask that you dress comfortably but keep the following notes in mind.
Remove all jewelry, watches and hair clips. Ensure that your clothing is "zipper free". These items can snag and damage the silk hammocks.
Wear fitness clothing. Form fitting t-shirts, short or long sleeved, and Capri or long fitted pants are ideal for this practice, it offers protection from any irritation friction might cause on the backs of the knees or under the arms.
PHYSICAL RESTRICTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS:
Before attending class, please let the teacher know if you have any medical issues that prevent you from inverting or putting pressure on your skin. Before attending class, check with your doctor if you have a spinal injury or any medical condition that might be effected by an Aerial Yoga class. Contraindications include:
Very High or Very Low Blood Pressure
Head Cold, Flu, or Sinusitis
Easy Onset Vertigo
Osteoporosis or Bone Weakness
Recent Concussion or Head Injury
Hiatal Hernia or Disc Herniation
Artificial or Re-Surfaced Hips
Botox (within 48 hours of class)
We love our yoga silks. We also love our gorgeous concrete floors. I want to be clear on the safety of our classes. We match safe our movements to our clients ability and their adventurous spirit. We don't have preset choreographed moves that we have to stick to. Each class must be adjusted to match the energy of room whether private or group.
To be sure (hard wood floor, concrete floor, padded floor on top of concrete floor) a fall would not be good. We make safety our first priority. We take a lot of time to connect mind and body with the movements. We don't jump in the silk and swing ourselves silly. The instruction is clear, the numbers of participants small and always a 1:1 ratio for inversions.
Our custom anchoring system was designed by Don Smith, local contractor and long time fitness studio designer for YMCA and other professional fitness facilities.
According to the ACE study, “sixteen healthy women between the ages of 18 and 45 years old were recruited to participate in the study, which involved a six-week intervention with three 50-minute sessions per week (18 total). The same qualified instructor led all sessions and one make-up session was available each week.”
The study goes on to report that “at the conclusion of the six-week Aerial Yoga program, there were significant improvements in the following cardiometabolic risk factors: weight, body-fat percentage, waist circumference, V• O2max, systolic blood pressure and HDL cholesterol.”