As our focus on health and wellness in the new year continues, we are also putting a lot of effort into stepping outside of our comfort zones and trying new adventures! It’s so easy to get caught in a rut – doing the same things, every single day, simply because it’s comfortable. One of our goals in 2018 is to get adventurous, take you all along with us as we step outside of our ‘bubble’ and really experience the world around us. True growth only happens when you put fear aside and walk into a situation that makes you uncomfortable, facing it head on. You’re forced to dig deep in your soul and trust that you CAN do hard things and that you ARE strong enough to conquer whatever lies ahead. It’s also really important to have a good sense of humor. Being able to laugh at your small failures makes every situation in life so.much.easier.
After conquering Acro Yoga a few weeks ago, we had a boost in confidence and decided that Aerial Yoga would be our next adventure. Although our yoga instructors assured us that we could do it, there were still some nerves involved. Aerial Yoga seemed easier in the sense that we didn’t have a partner that we could injure or fall on, but then it seemed harder because it fully 100% depended on our own strength and ability.
While we were driving to class, Lauren’s fear of the unknown started to take over. She went into a full on panic attack. I mean, we’re talking deep breathing, wanting to vomit, couldn’t eat breakfast, level 1 nervous breakdown. Jill comforted Lauren the best way she knew how – by laughing until she cried and by ‘snap chatting’ Lauren’s Britney Spears 2007 style breakdown (*spoiler alert* no shaved heads). It was honestly the best.thing.ever. So that you can fully understand the hilarity of the situation, we’ve compiled a short video of our snaps to show what it was like inside that car on the way to class. This is the perfect sneak peak into our real lives; probably the best video we’ve ever posted – you’ll want to watch this one for sure!
Once we arrived at our destination, the nerves started to calm and it was time to man-up. Just like acro yoga, before we knew it, we were knee-deep in the class; we were “flying” within minutes. Here’s our breakdown on what to expect if you’re on the fence about aerial yoga.
A lot of you are probably thinking “I’m not sure I can do that.” Actually, our first joke was “I wonder what the weight limit is on those straps?!?” (You know you were thinking that too!) Funny enough, one of the first things our instructor said was “there’s a 2,000 pound weight limit on the silks, so there’s literally nothing you can do to break them!” (Shew! Major fear calmed right there!) There were all different body shapes and sizes in our class. Some people were very physically fit, some people didn’t seem to be athletic at all and most of the class was just your average women. The workout was adapted to all levels of fitness and you were able to opt out of any pose that you didn’t feel comfortable with (our backup plan was to chill in our hammocks if we got really scared.) Luckily, we didn’t have to stoop to that level. This class does require a certain amount of flexibility and upper body strength. Because of that, I would suggest taking the class with a buddy; someone that can provide extra support getting into the tough poses. As much fun as this was, DO expect to be *slightly* sore following the class. Your body will be in positions that it may have never been in before (stretch really well before class if possible!). The silks will definitely “hug” your legs (sometimes you’ll feel like your legs are getting squeezed in half – but, no worries, you’ll be just fine!) Also, expect your hands to be tender after the class (you’ll be amazed how tightly you grip those silks!). We had actually read that you could wear gloves to keep your hands from getting sore but we didn’t want to be those people….but, honestly, you should be that person – at least until you condition your hands to the workout.
This was super fun experience and we would totally recommend that you try it out with your group of friends. Yoga Power in Charleston was one of the most impressive studios we’ve visited! They have a coffee bar, retail area, tons of space to store your stuff and even a “foot cleansing” station! Be sure to check out yogapowerwv on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and follow them to get the latest on upcoming events and the aerial yoga schedule!
Jill & Lauren