is not just for the mat anymore. Downward dog and warrior poses take
on a new twist as local yoga studios are taking to the air when it
comes to performing the ancient discipline.
owner of Reaching Treetops Yoga in Waukesha, has added aerial yoga to
the list of classes she offers to students. Large silk hammocks hang
from the ceiling, which students use as they go through a yoga
you are moving and hanging, thereís a little bit of psychology that
goes with it," says Konda.
began in California 10 years ago, blending the ideas of aerial artists
and yoga masters.
aspect of aerial yoga is being able to get into positions you may not
be able to on a traditional yoga mat. But itís also about trusting a
tangible piece of fabric. "You fight some demons to rely on the
silk ... it makes a perfect marriage to have to rely on your body,
mind and soul," says Andrea Smessaert, an instructor at Reaching
your strength and trust, Konda explains that aerial yoga can have
therapeutic effects for people by allowing them to hang inverted from
the sling, much like an inversion table at a chiropractorís office.
It aids in lengthening the spine and creates openings in the joints,
using gravity in a different direction," adds Smessaert.
As far as
positions, "the options are endless with the hammock because of
the ability to fly," says Smessaert.
Treetops Yoga is the only certified aerial yoga studio in the area,
according to Konda. The staff was trained and certified at Airacat in
One look and you
may wonder how you are able to keep a grip on that fabric to avoid
crashing to the floor. Konda says itís key to apply resin to your
hands prior to class to help keep the fabric in place.
information, visit www.reachingtreetopsyoga.com
If youíre looking for a way to change up your Vinyasa flow,
sync up with Movement Center Pewaukee, which now offers a
stand-up paddle board yoga class on Pewaukee Lake.
perform an entire yoga class on the board," says owner
Rhonda Arndorfer. "In order to do your poses, you have to
be connected to your core or you will fall in the water."
they havenít had any students fall in the drink just yet. The
class is for everyone from beginners through advanced, and you
can wear your swimsuit or your yoga clothes. Paddle board yoga
is $20 for one class or $60 for a four-week session.
for another way to loosen your spine? Movement Center Pewaukee
also offers flying yoga, which blends partner yoga, acrobatics
and partner Thai massage in a 90-minute class.
information on either class, check out