Yoga? In a trapeze? YES, it IS as fun as it sounds!
What is the Yoga Trapeze®? The Yoga Trapeze is a fabric swing between two sets of handles of varying lengths. The Trapeze allows you to hang upside down in various ways, as well as enabling you to drop passively into deeper, more supported back bends, build strength in the posterior chain and grip, and go into deeper stretches than you might be able to on your own!
What are the Benefits? Inversion Therapy~ This is the biggest benefit! Hanging upside down creates space between the vertebrae and provides natural traction for the spine. This is so important because in our culture, many people spend far too much time seated and end up with back pain. The trapeze opens things up and relieves discomfort!
Assisted Backbends~ Backbends are often uncomfortable or not accessible to many people. The support that the Trapeze offers allows you to come into these beautiful heart opening postures in a passive way.
Core/Posterior chain/Grip strengthening~ Traditionally, the opportunity to practice any type of pulling motion in a mat based class is unlikely. The Trapeze requires a great deal of upper body and core strength to do even basic movements, such as getting in and out of the sling. Using the Trapeze, you can quickly and effectively strengthen the back body. The Trapeze can also be used for planks, crunches, rows and many other things to help strengthen your grip strength and your core.
While these are all great benefits, the Yoga Trapeze® is NOT suitable for everyone! ~Pregnant woman should not participate ~People with Stage 2+ herniated discs should not participate ~Those taking any pain medication, prescribed or over-the-counter, must have doctor permission to participate ~Individuals with high blood pressure must also have permission from their doctor to participate ~Those with osteoporosis, glaucoma, or cardiovascular disease must have permission from their doctor to participate ~Weight limit is 250 pounds
So, once you are sure this is something that is safe for you to do, how do you get started?
First, if you have never done this before, sign up for our FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT CLUB! During the month of November, we will be offering two of these events: Friday, November 8th, and Friday, November 15th 7-8:30 p.m. $25 During our time together, you will learn all about the trapeze - how to set it up safely, the different hand grips, the postures, and we will do a beginner level class complete with a floating savasana!
If you love it and want to do more, sign up for a group class! While walk-in's are accepted for the mat based classes, I will require pre-registration for the trapeze classes. This is because the number of spots available are limited, and I would hate for you to show up and find out that the class was already full. To sign up, click here and pick the class you want to attend.