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Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga is an exhilarating, challenging and transformative way to practice traditional yoga.

Happiness is UP – Healing, Wellness, Adventure getting their silks for aerial yoga. Going to make this a regular part of my workout routine.

Kim P.

UP Client

Aerial Yoga

Come Fly with UP

Whether you’re a new student or an experienced yogi, this class will increase strength, flexibility and gratify your sense of adventure. Practice aerial yoga to disobey gravity, lengthen your spine and play in a safe exhilarating way. Aerial yoga expands the benefits of asana practice by using the support of a suspended hip-height hammock, also known as a “silk”. In this class, students will securely explore a practice of both elevation and foundation to increase flexibility, strength and improve physical alignment. Enjoy the ease of inversions and healthier backbends while stimulating your mind and adding a little enthusiasm to your day. Come experience UP Aerial Yoga in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

I really loved this class! I was a little nervous, but wanted to challenge myself with something different. It truly is all levels, and I was happy to see a diverse range of body types and ability levels in the class.

Kate M.

UP Community Member

Aerial Yoga Classes

Intro to Aerial Yoga  (required for all new aerial students)

Students will learn the 7 fundamental wraps in this class, specifically where to place the fabric for maximum comfort, support and compression benefits. Aerial inversions will be covered step by step and with spotting if necessary. Time spent upside down will be brief for each occurrence to build up tolerance. This class will also reinforce the benefits of feeling heaviness in the fabric so students gain proprioceptive awareness of feeling grounded while flying. All safety elements will be reinforced for beginners or those needing a refresher.

*Appropriate for all levels.

Aerial Yoga Level 1

This class will build on the foundations gained in Aerial Intro and reinforce the placement of the 7 fundamental wraps, explore gravity-assisted alignment in yoga postures, deepen postures using traction from the fabric, and improve upper body and grip strength by incorporating many pulling variations. Students will see how aerial yoga is able to enhance and complement their mat-based practice.

*While we suggest taking the Intro to Aerial workshop first, this class is appropriate for beginners. Join us!

All Levels Aerial Yoga

This class will allow students to move through all 7 fundamental wraps in an alignment-focused, breath-based, slow flow. Students will reap the benefits of inversions without compression in the cervical spine or compensating tension in the supporting musculature. The hammock will facilitate complete surrender in a safe and supported way, which brings about new benefits of traditional yoga postures and allows the mind to find the space to become more aware and present. This practice will allow students to feel deeply grounded with the support of the hammock in balancing postures and float and extend more effortlessly in inversions and backbends without risk of injury. It’s the perfect balance of effort and ease!

*Appropriate for those who have taken at least 1 Aerial Intro class.

Aerial Yoga Workshops

Aerial Yin

The hammock is the perfect tool to inform and expand a Yin practice. Whereas yang styles of yoga emphasize muscular effort and repetition, Yin focuses on utilizing gravity, patience and stillness to promote structural realignment by targeting the joints, ligaments, and fascia. This workshop will use 3-5 minute holds in specific postures to open and create space in the femoral cavity or front of the hip as well as the shoulder girdle, and cervical, thoracic and lumbar/sacral areas of the spine.  The compression of the hammock paired with the effects of gravity will intensify the squeeze and soak mechanism that improves tissue hydration and will result in the feeling of less pressure in the muscles and ease in maintaining optimal alignment.   

*Appropriate for all levels.


Aerial Conditioning

 The hammock is an excellent tool to take the 6-pack from a whim to reality in a fun and efficient way! This workshop will introduce movements that will ignite your core strength using 5 of the fundamental wraps. Other areas targeted include the glutes, upper body and grip strength, which is directly correlated to abdominal strength.

*The following conditions are contraindicated for this class: recent spinal injuries, surgeries, hernias, recent vertebral disc herniations, and recent wrist and shoulder injuries.


Aerial Nidra

 Yoga nidra is a state of dynamic sleep. It is a systematic method for inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. If consciousness is separated from external awareness and from sleep, it can improve memory, learning and creativity as well as help to realize one’s true nature. When relaxation is complete, receptivity is enhanced. Release of tension, relaxation and peace of mind are the secrets to transformation. This class will consist of a very brief warming and breathing practice followed by each participant finding a cocoon or savasana pose in the hammock and laying still for the remainder of the class. The script will follow the scientific learnings from Swami Satyananda Saraswati and will consist of a progressive body scan, a visualization, and invitation for personal resolve.

*Appropriate for all levels.


Aerial for Back Health

This class will incorporate both strengthening and restorative movements for the spine. The hammock is perfect tool for supported, gravity-assisted twists, lateral bends, forward folds and back bends, not to mention traction stretches to support maximal stretch for the hamstrings and hip flexors. In this class, we will explore different orientations of the six (arguably seven) fundamental movements of the spine.

*Appropriate for all levels.


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