location: NAMASTE YOGA STUDIO - sHORELINE, wa
AERIAL YOGO | Week 2
We’ve made it to week two of my one class a week! This week we’re trying something a little unorthodox and giving Aerial yoga a go! As you may know- I HATE regular yoga it involves a lot of long drawn out balancing and stability that this CMT girl just doesn’t have. So I thought I’d give aerials a try. Initially, it seemed like an something that uses a lot of upper body and core strength and less leg muscle, but there is actually a lot of leg muscle involved in parts. So before I went I called to make sure that poses/moves could be adapted if needed. I ended up talking with the owner who gave really high praises about the instructor, who was awesome. I went to the class and told my instructor about my disability and she was very excited about the opportunity to work with this challenge! So we started with, what I thing is called base work, where your feet are on the ground and your like lunging and squatting and stuff, which not gonna lie, was hard for me, but since the instructor was really nice and accommodating to me being there, we did move onto more aerial stuff quickly. The aerial stuff was really fun - I told her my arms and abs are pretty strong- and guys, I’m not gonna lie, they are *insert hair toss here* my arms and core make up for everything I lack in leg muscle.
So we started doing some other work- upside down and such. And here's where I come to the one issue I had - ok hands up if this is something that’s happened to you- you tell someone about your disability and they immediately start babying you and think that your not capable of things... PSA guys- please don’t baby me, I’m a fully capable adult that will let you know if I need help. I mean, if you see me struggling to lift a 50lbs box or something please feel free to jump in and help like a decent human, but don’t assume I can’t do things. I know she meant it out of the goodness of her heart in all caring-ness and it was my first class with her, and I’m sure she’s like this with all newbies, so I really can’t hold her at fault- it’s just one of those things that really irks me quite a bit and I take a little close to heart. I’m really trying to let it go that she was a little Hover-y, but she was on me about all the tricks making sure I wouldn’t hurt myself- ok, ok, I know, it’s her job I should just get over it... again, she was so sweet and I know it was all coming from the goodness of her heart, it’s just really hard for me to be treated like the disabled one, and this stems deep, an issue for another time. At the end of class she told me she was a newer instructor and that she’s never had anyone like me come and that it was really eye opening for her to make sure she had modifications for all her poses, which made me feel a lot better about it. She invited me back in hopes to work more on this. Honestly I though, she did an amazing job teaching and coming up with modifications for me, so I should be thankful, and not upset. This class was really restorative and really stretches out your muscles and works on flexibility in fun and new ways! If you feel like your core strength is up to it, give it a go! Just make sure to let your instructor know about any issues you may have before hand so you don't spend half the class working on ground work that's super hard for you to do.
I HAVE A YOGA TRAPEZE AT HOME, WHICH I LOVE! HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF MY PRACTICE AT HOME:
INVERTED BUTTERFLY WITH MY DOGGO PHOTO BOMBING
SUPER MAN POSE
CHIAR POSE USEING THE YOGA TRAPEZE TO TAKE WEIGHT OFF MY LEGS