Aerial Yoga Takes Workout to Great Heights

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Aerial Yoga Takes Workout to Great Heights

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

Omaha, NE-It was a couple of years ago Patty Failla set out to learn Aeiral Yoga. Problem was, there was nothing of the sort in Omaha.

Aerial yoga, silks yoga, or hammock yoga are all basically the same thing. you go through poses and exercises with a swath of silky fabric that acts as your support system. As the class goes on, you learn to invert and hang suspended in the air.

Antigravity yoga is the trademarked, chain version of the workout. It's been around since 2007. There now are about a dozen locations in the U.S., mostly concentrated on the coasts. The nearest of the trademarked classes are in Ohio. Patty went to Denver to get her training, and then brought the workout here. Each class is maximum of five people, so Patty can work with each individual.

"We can bump it up a level, we can make it a little more difficult for somebody if they want more strength work, additional stretching or flexibility, but we can certainly tailor it down too," she said.

And there's no reason to worry about falling. Silks can hold up to a thousand pounds and are hooked up by a professional rigger. The biggest thing, Patty says, is trusting yourself that you won't fall.

"You're very securely almost wrapped in the fabric. So there's no way you could slip out whatsoever," she said.