This is a daring and stimulating yoga style that I’ve got the opportunity to try on a retreat at Santani in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Up to a certain extent, it reminded me of the Neo Pilates postures I’ve learned with the brilliant Keite Mendes at Mendes Pilates in my hometown São Paulo, Brazil.
Having a great instructor is also paramount for those venturing in aero yoga, as much as the special equipment. So, mind your own safety by checking the studio certificate and your own physical condition before signing up for a class!
The practice can amplify the flowing sensation - that can feel like flying. If you are properly conducted and respecting eventual limitations, the benefits include the improvement of body extension while protecting articulations and spine.
After replacing my usual mat for a ‘flying’ session of aerial yoga, I felt ready to land on a stand-up paddle board for some practice, this time in Ahangama on the South Coast of Sri Lanka.
At that point, I’ve already had tried both SUP and yoga separately, so it didn’t seem so difficult to combine them, especially because the longboards were attached to a security cable. Moreover, our group received previous in-land instructions and optional safety vests.
As you might guess, the greatest benefits of this ‘adventure’ focus on balance and mindfulness – leveraging from the soothing effect of the water movements, the breeze, the views and the overall connection with nature. Do try it, whenever you can!!!
I couldn’t finish this article without mentioning Do Yoga With Me, a website that a travel buddie from my Remote Year group has presented me. We were staying at a co-living space in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a huge studio on the basement, and she invited everyone to join her yoga sessions following that site’s videos.
Kicking off my day with a morning practice was a great incentive. It was the sparkle for building a habit that makes me feel energetic and centered, independently if I hit the road or stay home.
Of course, it is better to have a ‘live’ instructor by your side and/or watch the full video before starting. But there are a wide variety of sessions you can choose, encompassing all levels and diversified styles.
From all those experiences, my best finding was simply the freedom to practice yoga whenever, wherever, whatever the style you choose. Because it ultimately doesn’t require nothing else than your own will to do it. Not even the mat, as Bex Tyrer said – and she’s a ‘real deal yogi’.
So, I hope my stories have triggered your curiosity to check out some yoga studio you pass by on your way… anywhere in the world!