Traveling to local yoga, Pilates, and fitness studios is a pleasurable pursuit for wellness enthusiasts. Last weekend my friend Julianne, a yoga instructor,, collaborated and easily coerced 7 friends to meet at a fairly new yoga studio in Germantown to experience the art of aerial yoga. When I arrived I noted two other instructors from the popular Yoga One in Cedarburg, Carolyn and Hadley, had accepted her invitation as well as my Restorative Exercise friend Stacy Scherzer. I like to frequent studios and gyms the way others enjoy restaurants and bars. It is a sociable, invigorating experience, particularly when you are surrounded by friends with easy-going attitudes and inquisitive natures like Lisa and Betty-Jo!
Rebecca Magestro is the delightful, energetic owner and yoga instructor at Mosaic. She has been in operation for a year and offers a variety of yoga classes throughout the day. The aerial yoga is a rather novel approach to the ancient art of yoga, incorporating elements of Circus Soleil as well as similarities to TRX and sometimes reminiscent of resting in a hammock in the Caribbean! (The hammock pose was my personal favorite!) You do not need any special gifts, yoga experience or fitness level to participate, just an open mind, as Rebecca guides you step by step and will also physically assist you to safely find the posture. The aerial yoga class also lends itself for private group gatherings whether celebrating a birthday party, or like us, simply desiring a girls night out with dinner and drinks an option after the class.
It is probably beneficial to note, plan the dinner following class rather than before, as you might find the exercises are not particularly agreeable to a full-stomach! My tolerance of fair foods followed by fair rides is quite low. In fact, I cannot tolerate either, tilt-a-whirls and scramblers can leave my head spinning for days. Fortunately aerial yoga does not have this extreme effect, however it does take a little practice to become comfortable hanging from your feet! The more familiar you become with the positions and in trusting the apparatus to support you (they can hold more than 3000 pounds!) the greater the ease within your nervous system. Also, Rebecca was quick to encourage us to exit any posture at any time, this was not a competition.
I hope you create time to engage in new activities with new and old friends. Thank you for reading!