If nothing else, trying to do Aerial Yoga made me laugh a lot.
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It was another rainy day here in Haiku; the perfect kind of weather to stay indoors and try something new.
My friend Martine makes this style of yoga look easy, but it is obvious from the video that I may not agree. I took my first Hatha Yoga class when I was 16 years-old. Now that was easy. This was a bit of a challenge to get the hang of. (Yes, pun intended.)
Word of advice, if you are prone to motion sickness this may not be for you. Though I did last longer than when Steven and I went out kayaking.
So, my knowledge of Aerial Yoga was pretty limited; I knew you did yoga poses while hanging in the air on a long strip of fabric, much like a hammock. With a little web-search I found this website http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/info/aerial-yoga.asp. Just a brief synopsis: Michelle Dortignac created Aerial Yoga; she started teaching classes back in 2006. The site says it’s traditional yoga, which she combined with her background in dance and the circus art of tissu.
I had no idea of what the circus art of tissu was, so I went to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_silk). (Ah, don’t you just love the internet!) The “art of tissue” is featured prominently in the Cirque Du Soleil http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/welcome.aspx); to me it is the magical part of the show, when the performers do aerial acrobatics while haning from fabric. Here on Maui they do this in the production of Ulalena (http://www.ulalena.com/). (Which by the way, if ever you are on Maui you should go see, it is a fantastic show.)
I want to thank my friend Martine, for guiding me though some of the simpler poses.
Here on Maui they give classes in Aerial Yoga at Studio Maui, in Haiku. http://www.thestudiomaui.com/index.html https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aerial-Yoga-Arts/233921106640063
Also, I liked this Aerial Yoga video that I found on YouTube http://youtu.be/c_IfwJ2tmiE It’s definitely more professional and real than mine. Forgive me Martine. I’m hoping I didn’t totally embarrass you.
Until next week, Aloha