Unsure about which class to take?
If you're new to aerial and exercise in general, we recommend starting with Aerial Level 1 if Intro to Aerial isn't available.
All classes work on balance, strength and flexibility skills which can be modified to make them easier or harder.
Next Intro to Aerial Class is February 8th at 11:30
Class sizes are small which allows us to tailor moves to fit the student.
Classes are one hour.
Aerial Fitness Mixed Levels
Aerial fitness classes are designed to challenge your strength, flexibility, and balance using the aerial hammock to perform moves. Prepare to build a strong core without stressing your joints. You will feel strong, empowered and relaxed as you learn to use the fabric. Beginners are welcome but are encouraged to take an aerial yoga, aerial starters or intro to aerial workshop before registering for this class. This is a multi-level class and can be challenging for beginners.
Level 1 Aerial Fitness
This class works on basic aerial yoga/fitness moves. Perfect for the student who is relatively new to aerial workouts. It's a little slower paced than our regular aerial fitness class. We focus on building strength, awareness and skills to prepare students for upper level moves.
Intro To Aerial Fitness
This class is designed to introduce new students to an aerial hammock practice. Students will learn foundation exercises, wraps, grips, stretches, poses, and complementary exercises to work on outside of the studio. Only offered once or twice a month.
Open studio is for experienced students only. This is an unstructured, self-directed time for students to stretch, condition, and practice skills. A supervisor will be onsite but no new skills will be taught. It is not a time designed for learning new skills. If you have not taken a class with Aloft, you must contact the studio to get consent.
As much as we love aerial yoga and aerial fitness, we are aware the classes are not for everyone.
Students must be 12 or older, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.
IT IS NOT recommended for those who are pregnant*, have had recent surgery, glaucoma, heart disease, very high or very low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis/ bone weakness, motion sickness, and/or other serious medical concerns.
*Varies by case but if you already practice, you can practice as long as you are aware of limitations.
Private Lessons& Studio Rentals
We offer private lessons and studio rentals upon request. Private lessons are great for individuals who want personalized instruction or who can't make a regularly scheduled class.
Studio rentals are for parties and groups of up to 8 people per hour. Rental includes use of our hospitality room. If you have a more than 8 participants, contact us for options.
To request a private lesson or schedule a party, let us know how many people and what day/time you prefer.
What to wear:
Shirts with sleeves (short or long) and mid to long length pants that are form fitting. (cotton or rough fabric blends, slick fabrics make it difficult to do some moves safely).
Men can wear tights, shorts (they do ride up during inversions), or running pants
Please, no jewelry, zippers or things that could snag fabric.
What to bring
Water, towel (optional), We have yoga mats and blankets at the studio but you are welcome to bring your own.
New students should plan to arrive 5- 10 minutes before class so we can "fit" you to the hammock!
LET'S TALK WEIGHT
We work at getting fit but is there a weight limit? The hammocks support up to 2,000 static pounds. Once you start moving, it changes the load. That said, we like the equipment to support 3X a person's body weight. The heavier you are, the more sensation you will feel from the fabric as it holds you.
We make modifications and give options to encourage students to continue and become successful.
Here's a great post from a Plus-sized aerialist.
Please check with your doctor before attempting this form of exercise.
Some of the ways an aerial workout differs from a traditional yoga practice.
1. It relieves spinal compression. Hanging upside down or using the fabric during a downward facing dog, your spine is gently decompressed by gravity.
2. It challenges your nervous system and proprioception. Moving with fabric requires mental focus and patience as you move through flows and workouts. It can make some yoga poses easier and others, a lot more difficult.
3. It's accessible and intimate. Classes are designed for you to succeed and tend to be smaller than traditional fitness classes. Many moves can be modified to make them easier or harder, depending on how much a you want to be challenged.
4. Flexibility, balance, and strength will happen! The fabric allows you more control over range of motion and gives you the ability to push farther without fear of tearing something. There is better alignment in poses and as you become more comfortable, you may not need to grip the fabric as often. STRENGTH! You'll gain grip strength as well as pulling power.
5. It's fun. Aerial workouts at Aloft feel like play. Swing, climb, flip, nap...laugh.