Our guest blogger today, Mackie Osborne, is a long time student of Noah’s. She and Nichol Chase teach weekly Aerial Yoga classes at the The Mazé Method Studio in Los Angeles. Mackie and Nichol will also be co-leading an Aerial Yoga Intensive in February of next year. Come fly with us!
It’s hard to know where to begin to talk about aerial yoga. There are so many fabulous aspects of the practice. I think one of the first things I fell in love with was the feeling of floating. Just sitting in the hammock and swinging and feeling the movement of the air around you is a kind of flight. One of my favorite things is a movement called floating snake where you lie on your side completely enveloped in the hammock and swim through the air like a mermaid on your side that gives a sensation of flying like a little fish through the air. And Savasana in the fabric is awesome!! The gentle rocking of the hammock is like floating on the softest cloud or like returning to the womb. It’s comforting and nurturing and deeply relaxing. Every time I get in the fabric I don’t want to get out. The time always goes by so fast. It brings up such joy and inspires curiosity and creativity. Time spent on the swing is time spent exploring possibilities. What else can we do in this body? In this fabric? I like to call my yoga practice my time in my own personal jungle gym. Aerial yoga gives me a whole new apparatus to add to my time on the playground. I look forward to learning and sharing more about the practice and everything related to yoga, on and off the ground.
Coco Chanel once said, “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” Aerial yoga is one way to grow some wings and fly. And you don’t have to go super high.