Some classes are advanced level classes and will be labeled as such. We do not recommend attending those sessions until you have completed 3-6 Beginner friendly classes for safety purposes.
- Arrive 5 min early to ensure enough time to have everyone's hammock adjusted for their individual height. This is a very important part! Doors are locked at class start time and late comers are not permitted. If you are on time it's considered late because it takes 5 or more minutes to get you set up.
- Avoid slippery material clothing (cotton is best)
- Wear a fitted shirt with sleeves to avoid both rubbing on the hammock and obstruction of vision, a t-shirt works great.
- Remove all jewelry that may get caught on or snag the hammock.
- Avoid eating an hour before class
- Yoga mat optional but not necessary
- Bring water!
Precautions & Requirements
Our staff has expert training to guide you through the class and can make recommendations and suggestions for you to reach health goals, but we are not physicians. Your concerns on health related issues, medications and appropriateness of exercise should be thoroughly discussed with your personal health care provider before partaking in AirFlow™ Yoga and all suspension-training classes. We recommend consulting your medical professional before beginning any new exercise form to see if it is appropriate for you.
Your first few classes may be uncomfortable at times as your body adjusts to the pressure of the hammock. This will subside after a few classes. An alternative during the adjustment period is to use a yoga mat for padding.
Do not practice on a full stomach.
Please inform the teacher if you have any injuries, illnesses or are pregnant. Stay hydrated to help keep your muscles fluid and aid in eliminating toxins.
Do not come to a yoga class if you have used or taken alcoholic beverages, drugs, or medications of any kind (ex. prescription or over-the-counter medications, holistic preparations or illegal drugs) that may affect your judgment or impair your abilities. The hammock is around 3 ft from the floor if you fall.
Keep practicing! Soreness after practice is completely normal, this is your body awakening to a new form of movement. The more you practice, the better you will feel. A consistent yoga practice is recommended to receive the full benefits.
THIS CLASS IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
Easily onset Motion Sickness
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
Propensity for Fainting
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Sinusitis or head cold
Disc herniation or acute discogenic disease
Radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine)
Severe muscle spasms
Botox (within 6 hours)
* Notify instructor before class if you have any contraindications so they can help you modify your practice.
Can anyone do AirFlow™ Yoga?
A: Provided one does not have any of the contraindications listed herein and barring any physical abnormalities, anyone who can do at least 3 consecutive sit ups can do AirFlow™ Yoga. It is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core and upper body strength.
Q: How hard is it?
A: First of all it depends on which class you take and which instructor you have. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work. Avoid the intermediate or advanced class until you are well versed in the hammock and movements.
Q: What are the contraindications (aka precautions)?
A: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo or motion sickness, 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 hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours)
Q: Will I be successful in my first class?
A: Yes! Everyone leaves the class a success! Since this is a suspension class with deep philosophy, there is no competition nor ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear workout wear that covers armpits (sleeve) and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Tops: sports bra for females.
Not too loose for guys. Remember, you will be upside down. Bottoms: If wearing tights make certain they are opaqe (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best. No socks (unless they are sticky). You may need sticky gloves if you have weak grip.
PLEASE NO JEWELRY
Q: What should I bring?
A: Water, sweat towel and an open mind --- NO JEWELRY
Q: Do I need to be a yoga practitioner?
A: No. But you will need an open mind and a sense of humor! In our experience if you lack these things you will not enjoy it.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit?
A: Not necessarily. The hammock is very supportive in the harder postures. However, it is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core and arm strength.
Q: Which class is best for me?
A: This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with a beginner group class or fast track workshop. For any who would like one on one we have private sessions available. In any case, remember that you are always encouraged to work at a level that feels natural to you.
Q: Will I get dizzy?
A: If one has a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia this could be a challenge. We have ginger candies always available.
Q: How will I feel after?
A: You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will have a pump and you will be refreshed!
Q: Are all aerial yoga classes alike?
A: AirFlow is an original and unique form of vinyasa like sequencing. Our classes range from slow and relaxing/stretchy to powerful and fast paced. Please take note of which one you are signing up for and avoid the intermediate or advanced level classes until you are well versed in the hammock and moves.
Q: Are you sure the hammock will hold me?
A: Every portion of the hammock is rated for well over 1000 lbs. The points in the ceiling have been placed by a professional contractor.
Q: How 'yoga-like' is AirFlow™ Aerial Yoga?
A: This depends on your instructor. Although it is a hybrid technique, the class is a perfect formula for a body/mind/spirit class that brings about awareness. Every class
starts with a levitating meditation and ends with a floating sivasana.
Q: What if I am afraid?
A: The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In AirFlow™ classes we bring ourselves to presence before we begin the session. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. Remember what FDR said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” and
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do something every day that truly scares you”. In truth, thousands of people practice aerial techniques safely every day. You can do it too!
Q: What if I am afraid of heights?
A: During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. During 75% of the moves you are distributing your weight between the hammock and the floor.
Q: Can AirFlow™ classes make me taller?
A: Yes! Unfortunately, the effects are not cumulative though
Q: Can AirFlow™ classes heal my back pain?
A: Licensed centers, instructors and practitioners around the globe all have amazing testimonials of healing through AirFlow™ techniques. Currently there are studies being commissioned in order to gather concrete evidence, until then you will only know by coming to class.