200 YTT & AERIAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Alyssa first began the practice of yoga several years ago when her mom suggested she should try it for stress reduction. For her, yoga has become a way to unplug and become more in tune with herself. Although Alyssa loved her mat practice, she began looking for something different. When she first heard about aerial yoga, Alyssa thought it sounded fun and sure enough, it was love at first inversion! She has been practicing aerial for over three years and completed Level One Aerial Yoga Teacher Training at Transcend Wellness and Yoga. More recently, Alyssa received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate at Stillpoint Studios. She likes to bring a fun, light-hearted approach to her classes while still focusing on proper alignment and breath. She hopes that her students will also uncover the many benefits of yoga for themselves.
Alyssa 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.