I went back. Playing with the silks was just too much fun (see my first blog about aerial yoga “Hang like a monkey and chant ommmmmmm” and www.p3yoga.com). Once I got comfortable with getting in and out of them, I could concentrate on the actual poses! On the semi-technical side of things, this type of yoga is great to stretch out your back and do all sort of bendy poses without worrying about falling down or crushing your hips into the floor or basically, no gravity! and by using the silks, you get a great stretch and work out on different bits of you than floor-bound yoga.
On the cool side, wrapping yourself up like a wonton in the silks is just such fun. (I don’t know the proper name for this yoga pose – sorry!). Laying full out in the silk feels like you’re in your own little cocoon or desert tent or something equally exotic.
Some of my fave poses:
– pigeon pose – one leg in the silk, the other one up off the floor, gently swinging
– cobra – simple, but restorative with the silk around your armpits
– side plank – I’m not very good at it yet, but love leg support by the silk and upper body working stretching out of it
– forward fold – one leg in the silk and then….bring the other one up and cross at the ankles – great for building trust in your own body strength.
too bad I can’t hang a silk in my condo!!