Aerial Yoga & Fitness
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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find frequently asked questions about Aerial Yoga in general. It is recommended you go through them before your first experience with Aerial Yoga to maximize your pleasure.

What should I wear? 
Wear comfortable clothes that breath and allow you to move freely. For women we recommend stretchy pants or shorts and a sports bra or tank top. For men we recommend shorts or trunks and a T shirt. And don’t worry about shoes (but be sure to take them off upon entering the studio). Yoga is practiced barefoot. No socks (unless they are sticky).                   ****NO JEWELRY *****

What do I need for an aerial yoga teacher training?
If you have them, bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Mats and towels may be rented or purchased at the studio. Bottled water and coconut water are available for purchase as well.

Are you sure the hammock will hold me?
Every hammock is rated for well over 2000 lbs. 9 Kn)(908kgs) The points in the ceiling in an GL approved center have been placed by a professional contractor and certified by an engineer and are rated to hold at least 1000 lbs(4.5kn)(454kgs) per set up).

Which class should I take?
Deciding which class is right for you depends on a number of things. Are you a brand new to yoga or have you been practicing for years? Are you in the mood for a good workout or a gentle, mellow flow? How does you body feel today? Do you have any injuries or health conditions? Please visit our classes page for more information about our classes or call your local studio and a Yoga Advisor will help you select a class. We highly recommend Galaxy Lifestyle for new students or those who haven’t practiced in a while. Galaxy Lifestyle +++++ is a great way to get acquainted with our studios, learn the signature flows and meet fellow students.

Can I eat before yoga?
We don’t recommend eating just prior to class. Yoga, with all its twists, bends and folds, compresses and “detoxifies” our internal organs. If you’re hungry a light snack or small meal 1 to 2 hours before class is okay.

What if I am tired and want to leave class early?
Not a problem! If you want to leave class early quietly roll up our mat and exit the studio. However, we encourage you to try to finish the class if possible. There are a number of “resting postures” like corpse pose and child’s pose that you can do if you need a break. Resting postures help you recover so you can continue your practice.

Do I have to chant?
In general no. Some classes may open or close with the chanting of “OM” but in most classes we simply start and end in a quiet meditative state. Chanting is not required.

What if I’m not flexible?
No problem! Most new yoga students are not flexible, and while increased flexibility is one of the many benefits of practicing yoga it’s not the goal. If you find yourself struggling with or unable to do a pose back off, modify the posture (instructors will always give modifications) or use a prop such as a block or strap. A gentle stretch is good but you should NEVER experience pain in yoga.

What are adjustments? (I don’t want anyone touching me).
In addition to breath, optimal alignment is key in yoga. As such, many instructors walk around the room while teaching and offer verbal suggestions and/or physical adjustments to help students feel the pose in a deeper way and learn more about safe anatomical alignment. Hands on assists usually feel supportive to most but not everyone likes them. If you don’t want to be touched just let us know.

You might not want to attend an aerial yoga class if you have the below:

Easily onset Motion Sickness
Botox (within 6 hours)
Glaucoma
Recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist) Heart disease
Very high or low blood pressure
Easy onset vertigo
Osteoporosis / bone weakness
Recent head injury
Cerebral Sclerosis
Propensity for Fainting
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Severe arthritis
Sinusitis or head cold
Hiatal hernia
Disc herniation or acute discogenic disease
Recent stroke
Artificial joints
Radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine)
Severe muscle spasms

* Notify instructor before class if you have any contraindications so they can help you modify your practice.

Frequently Asked Questions August 2, 2011