Mind + Body Beauty: Changing My Perspective with UP Flying Yoga

I should probably start with a bit of history. I’m not new to yoga. I practiced actively for a decade or so… then left my mat for another decade {I see you trying to do the math and figure out my age :-). Cut that out.}

Last year, I went back to my mat with purpose. While I spent my youth practicing for exercise (and vanity), I began this time and set the purpose seek balance and acceptance.

This past Mother’s Day (what…being mommy to three dogs and a cat COUNTS), my amazing Husband asked me what I wanted… and I told him that I wanted Aerial Yoga lessons.

Say what?

I wanted to go ‘up’ in the air… invert…  let go… and really change my perspective. Aerial yoga seems like the perfect place to help achieve my purpose.

Today, I drove over to the UP Flying Yoga studio — declared myself an intermediate yogi — and dared Kimberly Simonetti to challenge me.

She did.

These swaths of silk suspended from the ceiling are the hammocks, and I soon learned… my best friend. Used properly, that fabric is as stable as the ground beneath your feet (well, maybe not MY feet… I live in earthquake prone California). I went from being skeptical (even after Kimberly told me the hammocks can hold 1,000 pounds), to being a massive fan. I felt like a kid again! I had to learn to really listen to Kimberly’s instructions so that I wouldn’t accidentally unravel. But eventually, I feel like I got the ‘hang’ of it…

I had the BEST time! Kimberly is very encouraging… and I found that I did best if I just closed my eyes and listened. Placement is everything. You don’t want to get up there and realize you haven’t secured yourself properly. I am so jazzed about this… I can’t wait to do it again!