It was immediately clear to me the benefits of this practice, for others not so much. Though the practice is becoming more popular and well known, it is still new to many. With it's newness comes a lot of preconceived notions about what the practice is and is not.
1, You should be an aerial artist to take an aerial yoga class.
Of course you become the worlds biggest yoga geek when you finish trainings. You want to share with the world what you've learned. Like clock work the first thing people said to me when I shared with them I had just been trained in aerial yoga, "like Pink at the music awards?" Yes...but not. First of all, I have never taken an aerial arts class to this day and it's been over 5 years since I've been practicing and teaching aerial yoga. Maybe I should, but I for the purposes of maintaining my efforts to find the yoga in the silk, I've refrained.
2. All Aerial Yoga classes are the same.
Not true. Some classes are only in the fabric and others are in and out. Certain classes require a yoga mat and others do not. There are some types that swing a lot in the fabric and others that refrain. Finally, the way that the fabric is rigged can be completely different. From the fabric having from one point to the ceiling or two or if the fabric is tied or like a hammock are all varieties you might get when taking a random class from somewhere you've never been.
3. All Aerial Yoga trainings are the same.
This is a big one friends. Some trainings are lead by aerialist that have no yoga training while others require you be a 200 hour certified yoga teacher to take the training. Furthermore some trainings are lead over one or two days while others are committing to upwards of 50-65 hours to understand the practice.
4. You should not attend an aerial yoga class if you have vertigo or nausea.
When I first opened my yoga studio we were lucky enough to have a journalist come out and do an article on us and our aerial yoga classes. She was very nervous to take the class having admitted that she was cursed with very bad vertigo. She placed her self in the corner so as to strategize herself to make the least amount of distraction if she were in need of a quick exit. I kept a close eye on her the entire class and was in shock to see her complete the entire class. That was 6 years ago and since that day she began exploring aerial yoga and aerial arts. She has a fabric in her home and no more vertigo.
I'm not saying that this is the case for everyone, I'm just saying give it a chance. Nausea happens to many during their first class. It does not mean that you will continue feeling sick every class. It could very well mean you are detoxing and this could actually be a positive sign.
5. Don't practice aerial yoga if you are pregnant.
Again I'm not disclaiming that it is the best practice for every woman. I believe we need more clinical studies and science based proof of course. But from my own personal experience I'm grateful that I had the practice through out my pregnancies. I've had two children and during both pregnancies I practiced, taught and led trainings up until they were born. My body felt different in the fabric through out each trimester and in general I personally didn't like staying upside down for too long. But I would say that in may ways it helped my body prepare for each birth.
Just passionate about the practice and feel compelled to share with the world.
Raven Clemente, as seen in Yoga Journal Magazine for an Unnata Aerial Yoga article. Read the article
Check out this video of founder Raven Clemente promoting aerial yoga through Denver Colorado's Channel 7 News!