There are over 300 studios in London on ClassPass, and yet I seem to go to my same favourite 10 over and over again. In an attempt to try a new studio, the ClassPass girls and I signed up for one of the Aerial yoga classes.
Tucked off a side street near Chalk Farm is the cute Skylab studio (which actually doubles as the instructor, Astra’s flat!). We joined an open class, suitable for all levels – although I think we were the only beginners in our class. The sessions are small, with only about 6 in an average class – crucial for teacher attention when you’re learning technical skills.
We were upside down within moments of the class starting!
We used the silks/hammocks almost in place of a TRX for a full body workout, working the arms, abs and glutes/legs. After practising a few inversions, we moved on to a core workout, completing planks, press ups and crunches whilst hanging upside down. It was as hard as it sounds and we worked up quite a sweat!
The felt really supportive although they were a little uncomfortable, especially in the groin area! Plus my hands were really starting to hurt from pulling myself up on the fabric – I think one of the girls in our class had special gloves on!
We didn’t have as much hands on instruction as I thought we might, perhaps because we picked it up quite quickly? For once, having some strength rather than flexibility worked in my favour in this yoga class- although not quite as much arm strength as required!
The best and worst part of the class was the stretching portion, there was a lot of hip opening and hamstring stretches that I am always in need of.
One of the best bits of any yoga class (in my opinion) is Savasana aka corpse pose, and this was no exception. Cocooned in the hammock, I could have drifted off to sleep quite easily! But I had a Lululemon sale to go to, and another more advanced class was coming into the studio – we watched them for a few moments as they practised a lot of fancy and impressive tricks in silks and hoops!
Give Aerial yoga a try if you’re looking to try something new, in need of a new challenge, or love yoga and want to explore another side of it – it’s a brilliant class to try with some friends or would make a fun hen party activity. However it’s probably one to avoid if you don’t like being upside down or have high blood pressure/injuries/heart conditions! Classes are included on ClassPass or cost £15 for a drop in.