Gym Classy Lady: How I Learned To Love Aerial Yoga (AKA Hanging Upside Down In Silk Hammocks)

AMENITIES – How posh was the gym/spa/studio? From lemon water to BYO.

3 - Om’s two Manhattan studios are very nice, with a changing rooms with lockers and a clean, modern feel. No frills, but not exactly frill-less either.

STUDIO VIBE – Was the place full of lululemon or ratty old t-shirts? How awkward did I feel, from inner-Beyonce to sixth grade me?

3 - The thing about a class this bizarre is there’s pretty much a guarantee that every session will have a few newcomers. People like me who just wanted to try this and see what it’s all about and obviously take a Facebook profile worthy picture afterwards. Because of that, there’s a strange communal feeling in the class. Sort of a notion of, “well, we’re all in this together so if you’re going upside down, so am I… here goes nothing.” It’s a yoga class that definitely does not take itself too seriously. Which I of course loved.

TEACHERS – Did the teacher add to or detract from the experience? Did they put together a good playlist?

4 - Even though the classes aren’t too serious, the teachers are seriously talented yogis who teach regular vinyasa as well. They’re great at explaining the movements with the silks and at correcting students in a non-embarrassing, yet helpful way. Silks are one of those things that it would definitely take several classes to really get them, but the teachers don’t make you feel that way.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE – Would I go again? What else contributed to my experience?

4 - I was shocked by how much I find myself wanting to go back regularly. It helps that Om is reasonably priced ($20 a class, with cheaper package options and a lot of specials, like their $99 for a month of unlimited yoga promotion right now, for new students only). This is a class where I feel like I’d not only enjoy it but also see results, especially when it comes to flexibility, which I so desperately need to improve. I’m absolutely considering giving the unlimited month a try when I have time.

About “Gym Class Lady:” Inspired by my love of trying all things fitness, every other week I’ll be reviewing a workout class, fad or video. I try all these classes so you don’t have to! Have a class to recommend or a review you’d love to read? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lizlemonyall.

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    • Katie

      Aerial silks are something I’ve been DYING to try for two years now. They surprisingly have quite a few studios here in North Texas. I guess I just need to get up and do it.