Aerial Yoga Instructor
Tori decided to try Aerial yoga on a whim in 2014 shortly after PurEnergy studios opened. By the end of her first class she was hooked and became a regular "frequent flyer" from then on. In the Summer of 2016 Tori decided that teaching was the next logical step to her Aerial Yogi path. During her training Tori realized that Aerial was much more then just a fun hobby; Teaching and helping others advance their practice evolved aerial into a passion.
Tori has been local to the area her entire life living in Malvern and attending Immaculata University. If she isn't "monkeying" around in her hammock you may run into her at one of the many mat classes. She also enjoys cooking; working on cars,finding new and fun ways to work out; and cheering on her beloved Philadelphia Flyers.
Tori instructs the following:
We believe you can fly!
Aerial Yoga uses a soft fabric hammock to allow the student to get deeper into traditional yoga poses or assist with poses, such as inversions, that otherwise may take years to accomplish. The body is fully or partially supported to assist or gain strength in stabilizing muscles that normally would not be challenged as much. The core is deeply challenged allow the body to move in space. Deep tissue massage is one of the many benefits of the hanging poses in areas of the body that hold onto tension, such as hips & shoulders. Benefits of inversions in a pose like sacrum wrap, include traction & decompression of the spine & increased circulation to the brain.
Aerial Yoga / Fun-Damentals
Aerial Yoga is one of the newest blends of yoga and aerial arts. It is a beautiful and freeing alternative to a yoga mat practice, although it is not necessary to have any yoga experience in order to participate in an aerial yoga class. Aerial yoga uses fabric in the form of a hammock as a “prop”. It will allow you to create a place of presence in the body, mind and spirit while enjoying the benefits of increased flexibility, strength and decompression of the spine and joints. You will experience traditional postures that are often difficult in a mat practice, but can be achieved during your aerial yoga practice.
How to Prepare for an Aerial Yoga Class:
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to register and adjust your hammock height.
- For you own comfort, it is recommended that you wear a short or long-sleeved shirt for you first class.
- Do not wear any jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces). These can cause rips or tears in the fabric.
- Avoid using hand lotion, perfume or sunscreen prior to class.
- Clothing should not have zippers, which can also harm the fabric. Most participants avoid loose fitting clothing. Choosing clothes with more cotton than lycra is also advisable.
- Trim you nails to avoid them from snagging the fabric.
- A yoga mat is optional but not required for this class.
- Most participants avoid a regular meal 1-2 hours before practice, but may opt for a light snack (fruit, protein bar, etc.) if necessary.