Aerial Yoga 1 at Up Flying Yoga

At a Glance:

Website: www.UpFlyingYoga.com
Address: 11101 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$25, 8 classes/$175, month unlimited/$229
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low

I’ve said it once and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times: we have SO many amazing workouts in LA. Grab a friend and take advantage of all of the amazing sweatventures in the area!!!

Pre Sweat

While they don’t have studio specific parking, there were plenty of metered spots along Ventura that are only $1/hour. The entrance is on the side of the building but the signs make it pretty noticeable. I walked in, took off my shoes, and met Ashley and Jenn who handed me an iPad to complete the waiver. They helped me set up my aerial silk to make sure it was the right height. I wore sticky socks but you can also go barefoot.

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Sweat

Since this was the beginner yoga class, Ashley seriously went step-by-step for each move we did, explaining the movements with her words and actions. We started by gracefully getting into our hammocks and laying there to set our intention for class. Next we moved into a variety of stretches. I’m super inflexible but the resistance from the hammock (and the fact that no one could see that I couldn’t touch my toes) helped me get a deeper stretch.

Throughout class we went through a variety of moves ranging from calming downward dog and child’s pose to more toning crunches, planks, push-ups, and handstands. We also had a chance to hang upside down. It was my third time in an aerial class so I felt a bit more comfortable, but Jenn was always walking around helping people with the movements. To end class, we all sat in our silks, eyes closed, listening to a calming song.

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Post Sweat

Fox and Hounds Pub and Vegan World, a café with California-Asian food, are directly across the street. There’s a great Marshall’s just around the bend if you want to check out some inexpensive workout gear. I was there this week and they had a cute tank that read, “I’m just here for the savasana”. Jamba Juice and Starbucks are a block away in Studio Plaza. I can also personally recommend the National Holistic Institute for an inexpensive massage by student masseuses—check groupon for even steeper discounts.

Tricks of the Trade

  • This is the absolute perfect class if you’re new to aerial. The instructors were SO friendly and the atmosphere was very warm and inviting.
  • Planning a bachelorette or birthday party? For $195 you can rent the studio out for up to 7 people.
  • Don’t eat too much beforehand or you might feel nauseous during the inversions.
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