We’ll fly, we’ll fly away.
And just like that, another Aerial class in the books. Last week, I was fortunate enough to partake in an Aerial hammock class at Art Flying Aerial in Lomita, CA. I kid you not, this was one of my FAVORITE classes I’ve ever been a part of. Something about new places, new experiences and new challenges really speaks to me and this studio had it all.
It had been awhile since I took a class, so when my friend Claudia asked me if I wanted to join her at Art Flying Aerial for a hammock class, I immediately said yes! I wanted to get back into a hobby I truly cared about and loved and felt this was the perfect opportunity. Last year, I wrote about my experiences with being an aerialist, Fly High. It’s a full body workout that does more than just make your body stronger, but also builds your confidence and makes you feel beautiful inside and out.
When I first got to the studio, I was amazed at the size, how many apparatuses they had and how nervous I was lol. Again, it had been awhile and I didn’t know if I’d be any good anymore. I was immediately greeted by my instructor Yolanda who was incredibly sweet and set my mind at ease right away. You guys, one thing that made me fall in love with this studio is that it was a family run business. I loveeeeeee supporting hard work and believe family comes first 100%. Rubi, Yolanda, Manuel and Nick each have their specific roles that they play in making the studio a blast to be at, and without all of them working together, I wouldn’t have been able to be a part of something so magical. I was able to meet all of them and they each greeted me with genuine kindness, care and interest in what I do.
When it was time for class to begin, Yolanda prepared a warm up for us that was going to adjust our bodies and make them ready for the uncomfortable, yet beautiful positions they were about to endure. What did this include you ask? Fabulous question! Any teacher you have should be tailoring the warmups to the apparatus you’re going to be using that day. For example, with the hammock, we focused on:
Moves to open the joints up along with muscle activation
Stretches to ease the body for the expected range of motion
Cardio (Hula Hooping, which I was not great at lol) to raise body temp and to get our blood pumping
Once we were all warmed up, the flying began! Yolanda instructed everyone on their flow (series of moves) and was able to devote individual attention to me at times to ensure I was getting the hang of the selected set she had demonstrated for me to work on. Below is the final product:
I was really proud of my progress after not having done it in so long. ALSO, this was the first time that I had to jump into the hammock to start because it was so high up. I’m typically used to having the hammock lower on the ground in accordance to my plumb line (imaginary line that goes straight down to the floor). Having the hammock up higher allowed me to challenge myself and use more upper body strength (that I didn’t think I had lol) and really work on my form.
That weekend, I posted a few videos and photos on my IG story & feed and had so many people asking me how I was able to do those moves or tell me that they wanted to take a class too one day! It excited me, being able to influence people and share with them something I find extremely fun. Not to get “bent out of shape” pun intended lol, but I was INCREDIBLY SORE the next few days (but it felt so good). IDK about you, but there is something so rewarding about being sore and feeling like you got an amazing full body workout in.
A few ‘notes’ if you’re going to try Aerial Flying and be wrapped up in beast mode like me 😉
- YOU CAN NOT compare yourself to others! The girl over there with the perfect in air splits worked hard to get there, just like you’re about to do.
- Take your time! Learning the foundation and skills it takes to do this may seem daunting, but your patience, determination and tenacity to continue to learn will help you pick it up super quick. You’ll be a pro in no time.
- Set little achievable goals for yourself. For example, my goal is go at least two times a month from now on so that I can learn new flows and slowly become a master in the field (SLOWLY being the operative word haha).
- Document your progression. The good, the bad and the ugly, all of it! Reason being, you’re going to want to see how much you’ve grown and feel proud of yourself for all the achievements you’ve made. Celebrate all the steps you’ve taken towards this path!! 🤗
- If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend you go to Art Flying Aerial to train! They’re really going to help you develop your skills in Aerial, taking it step by step and day by day.
With aerial arts, you have to know that you are capable of anything!! Aerialist don’t need wings to fly, they soar on their own!!