aerial yoga classes
Surprise! It’s here: Aerial Yoga at Flow Motion!
One of the qualities Flow Motion is known for is vision. After our transitional 2020 year, we’ve been working on a surprise for our community – a brand new classroom to hold aerial yoga classes! This is our biggest addition since our salt cave two years ago, and before that was our infrared hot yoga room (the first of its kind in Whatcom County). Not only will aerial yoga give you an opportunity to adapt your yoga practice, but it also allows us to offer a more flexible schedule for our yoga students where we can run more than one class at a time. We’re so excited to share our new yoga sanctuary and these classes with you!
Join the waitlist below to receive information on how you can receive a
complimentary Intro to Aerial Yoga workshop series of 4 90-minute classes!
Setting our Intention for Aerial Yoga
Since aerial yoga is a new program for Flow Motion, we will start our journey together with you by offering beginner level classes. As the needs of our community advance, we will meet you with intermediate level classes.
Aerial yoga is wonderfully adaptive to your yoga practice. The swing or hammock can be used as an extra support as an assist that you wouldn’t normally have in class. Picture those challenging balance poses. For those challenged by these poses, instead of hopping all over your mat or not even attempting the pose, the hammock will offer support as you strengthen your core and stabilizer muscles until you eventually don’t need it. On the flip side, aerial yoga can help advance your practice and take it to a new level.
One thing we love about aerial yoga is the fun playfulness of these classes. It feels good to laugh and smile while trying something new or trying an inversion for the very first time in a supportive hammock.
What About Pricing?
We wanted to include aerial yoga and fitness classes in our current pricing, so we did! Aerial yoga classes and aerial fitness classes will all be included in our pricing plans. So whether you are coming for just a single class with our drop-in rate, attending using a digital punch card, or with one of our memberships, aerial yoga and aerial fitness classes will be included.
Check out our membership rates here.
Our New Aerial Yoga Classroom
Our new classroom is right across the hall from our hot yoga classroom. The classroom is right next to the big green door in the photo below. The classroom stretches between this hallway and the end of another hallway, next our Couple’s Massage Suite. Fingers crossed that we never have to close yoga down again, but this wide open space allows for social distancing, should we need it in the future in order to hold classes.
This now gives us three different spaces to practice yoga in. Featuring the same exposed timbers just like our other rooms, it is still a work in progress as you can see from the photos, but we finished painting the walls and ceiling a nice bright white color. It has quite a different vibe from the darker cozier rooms of our other two classrooms. Electrical work with a new dimmable lighting system (not shown in our photos yet) just wrapped up and all we have left to do is refinish the floor and hang our aerial hammocks. Some classes will utilize hammocks and some will utilize swings like you see in the photos. We expect to be finished just in time for our new Intro to Aerial Yoga Workshop Series that we will offer in September. Regular ongoing classes start October 2021.
Our new room will feature the spiritual color combination of white and purple. We’ve even selected air scrubbing plants with purple in them to accent the space. It will be minimally decorated with plenty of space for classes, workshops, and even floating sound baths!
What is Aerial Yoga?
According to Yoga Journal, Aerial Yoga “combines acrobatic arts and anti-gravity asana,” but is also an “accessible practice that can help you find more length in your spine and safe alignment in your poses.” Aerial Yoga as a practice started over 10 years ago, as teachers began combining traditional yoga asanas with suspensions and aerial acrobatics.
Most styles of Aerial Yoga share in common the use of a suspension system with therapeutic value. This refers to an aerial hammock (also sometimes referred to as the aerial “silk”) or an aerial yoga swing, which is suspended from the ceiling or a metal frame. The apparatus not only supports your weight, but also eases pressure on the body by creating space in your joints, decompressing your spine, and helping you to find greater mobility.
Benefits of practicing Aerial Yoga:
- Beneficial for re-aligning correct symmetry in the body.
- Promotes healthy digestion and circulation.
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage and natural detoxification of the body.
- Stimulates myofascial release, similar to the benefits of a rolfing session.
- Helps develop upper-arm and core strength.
- Hammocks provide support for certain poses (such as inversions and backbends).
- Provides natural alignment adjustments.
Meet Your Teachers
Alyssa, Mika, and Molly completed the Aerial Yoga Play teacher training in July 2021. We were lucky to have the program creator train us herself right here in our new space- the first training she was able to offer in over a year and a half due to world events.
While our aerial yoga program will start off with beginner friendly classes for everyone until our students’ experience level grows, these three teachers will eventually offer a variety of aerial classes.
Alyssa is the owner of Flow Motion and her passion is beginners! She absolutely loves helping people discover something new, gain confidence, laugh, have fun, and feel good doing something brand new. As someone who is considered an empath or an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), she is dedicated to helping people find calm, slow brainwave patterns, and teach how to switch over to the parasympathetic nervous system with ease. You can expect to see her teaching foundational beginner classes, floating sound baths, and aerial restorative classes.
Mika is passionate about everything. No, really! She is looking forward to helping students grow with more challenging classes. There wasn’t anything Mika didn’t try in our aerial yoga training and she did it all with a laugh and a smile. Mika is looking forward to developing aerial fitness classes aimed at helping those just starting out on a post-2020 fitness routine as well as those who are looking for the fresh challenge suspension training brings. You’ll also find her eventually teaching more intermediate classes.
Molly has been teaching yoga and infrared hot yoga at Flow Motion for a couple of years and her classes grew to be student favorites here. Aerial yoga suits her naturally playful spirit and she will eventually be teaching a variety of classes including some more traditional classes adapted for the hammock like Aerial Flow, beginner aerial classes, and even aerial fitness. Molly’s classes balance playfulness and centeredness – something we all need a little more of in life.
What to Wear and Bring
How to set yourself up for a successful class
- In addition to applying deodorant, it is a good idea to wear clean, tight fitting clothing. We require students to wear clothing that completely covers your under arms. It is highly suggested to wear clothing that covers the insides of your elbows and the backs of your knees. The swings can rub on those sensitive places on your body and could cause a little discomfort.
- Please leave all jewelry at home, including watches, bracelets, and hair pins. These items can catch and cause tearing and snags in the fabric of the hammocks, rendering the swings unusable for safety reasons.
- Avoid eating meals 2 hours before class. Some aerial yoga classes can include twists and supported inversions (always optional).
- For your first few classes, we suggest bringing ginger drops, ginger chews, or ginger tea in your thermos. As a new student, you might experience mild motion sickness. We found that we felt much better each day of our training to where we eventually felt great, even after spending nearly all of an 8-hour training day in inversions. This tends to improve over time as you continue your practice. You can find beautiful water bottles complete with tea strainers and doTerra Ginger drops available for purchase in our wellness boutique.
- Please bring a filled water bottle to class with you. We are no longer able to offer complimentary water stations due to new health policies. We do, however, offer bottled spring water for purchase at the front desk. Remaining hydrated is a very important way to support your body throughout the detoxification process that you will experience in an aerial yoga class. We also highly recommend our Energybits brand chlorella algae tabs for a daily detox and excellent source of plant-based omegas.
- If you prefer to use your own yoga mat, you are more than welcome to bring it. We do, however, offer mat rentals if you would rather use one of ours.
Aerial Yoga Etiquette
The DO’s of Aerial Yoga
We’d love to set you up for a successful class. Please follow our policies for your safety and comfort as well as the safety and comfort of the rest of our class and staff.
- DO arrive 15 minutes prior to class
- DO HAVE FUN
- DO bring your anti-nausea remedies at first in case you feel woozy
- DO wear appropriate clothing (see above)
- DO bring your own filled water bottle
The DON’TS of Aerial Yoga
- DON’T arrive late to class. Our policy no longer accommodates late arrivals, as this is disruptive to other students and the instructor. We also need time to adjust your hammock prior to class and we cannot stop class for late arrivals to make adjustments.
- DON’T try any poses that your instructor hasn’t given instruction for. We know there’s a lot of cool stuff out there that you would like to try. However, for your safety and the safety of our instructors, we ask that you practice the poses only after receiving proper instruction.
- DON’T eat 2 hours before class. Aerial yoga can potentially involve inversions and twists. For your comfort, it’s best to only have a light snack.
A Note Regarding Contraindications
While our whole goal is to have fun and learn and grow aerial yoga as a community, we recommend that you not participate in our aerial yoga classes if you have any of the following conditions:
- Untreated Hypertension
- Recent Dental Surgery (within two weeks)
- Recent Botox (within two weeks)
- Recent Surgery – Neck, Hand, Shoulder
- Head Injury
- Severe Arthritis
- Hip Replacement
- Herniated or slipped disks
Please remember, we still offer several non-aerial yoga and hot yoga classes that we’d love you to join us for!
Intro to Aerial Yoga Workshop Series
A 4-Week Series to Learn the Ropes – Coming this September!
This 4-week series gives yoga students who are brand new to aerial yoga an early experience before regular classes begin in October and a chance to learn all of the basics to be able to jump right in this fall.
Workshop series are $180 for four 90-minute classes.
- Finish feeling confident being in the swing or hammock
- Learn basic safety and aerial classroom etiquette
- Train in basic movements to strengthen the body to eventually learn more intermediate poses
- Experience and feel good with challenges not felt in traditional yoga
Join one of the three cohorts:
Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm, September 8 – September 29
Fridays 11:00am – 12:30pm, September 10 – October 1
Saturdays 9:00am-10:30am, September 11 – October 2
Sign up here to find out how to receive your complimentary Intro to Aerial Yoga Workshop Series!
Students are welcome to purchase the 4-week Intro to Aerial Yoga Workshop Series for $180.00. Click the button above to sign up and purchase your workshop series.