Aerial Yoga: Week 16
This weekend was full of of wonderful highs and disappointing lows, but tonight I’m pretty content, so we’ll call it even.
Friday after work, I went back to yin yoga for the second time. The first class I tried gave me a good stretch, but was a little smelly. This one went much better.
It was a sunny evening, Ria and Mandy joined me and the class was packed. Micha, our aerial yoga instructor taught the class. She was fantastic, getting us into difficult poses in a way that I wanted to breathe through the pain because I knew I’d get amazing results. Half the time I was thinking ‘owwwww why am I doing this??’ and half the time I was feeling really positive and grinning like an idiot.
There was just one teeny, tiny thing that wasn’t so great. Mandy and I had apparently set our mats up on an ant farm. The entire time I was trying to focus and breathe, ant after ant climbed out of a crack in the floor and headed straight for me. I felt bad for squishing them in such a soothing, positive environment, but it had to be done, bugs crawling toward my crotch disrupted my zen state.
The session was a huge stress relief after a week of incredibly frustrating work. They created such an open, accepting space that people were moaning and one woman even started sobbing. It was a little distracting, but the energy in the room was incredible. I think I’m going to be a regular from now on.
Saturday I had my last class of the second session of aerial yoga. After mastering dophin last week, I was determined to try hip circles (watch this video to see what I’m talking about). Holy bruised hips was it painful! Of course I ignored the pain and attempted it over and over. I haven’t been able to flip completely around, but mark my words, it will happen!
The other trick I worked on was splits. First off, let me say I have never in my life been able to do the splits. NEVER! For all the dance classes I took, I could never do the splits or a cartwheel…I was a fourth grade failure. Once I had both foot locks on I just sort of slid down and suddenly…SPLITS! It was one of the tricks I never thought I’d be flexible enough to do, but all my hard work and late-night tv watching stretching sessions completely paid off.
When I got home I pulled a photo out of my planner that I had printed out a couple days before. I wanted to add it to my vision board because I want to quit my day job and become a full-time circus freak. Yeah, for real. I burst out laughing when I realized what trick I had printed…
Yep…I can do that :)05.16.10 in aerial yoga