Yoga Slings (or Aerial Hammocks) are swathes of strong fabric hanging from the ceiling, and the sport teaches how to use them moving one’s body into a range of elegant shapes and artistic combinations, at a wide number of levels and proficiency.
The Aerial Silks apparatus is part of the Aerial Arts/Fitness Circus Performance Artistry and a great way to be introduced to it because it provides excellent support whilst training the student to use more and more strength to hold on to the sling and support part of one’s weight.
Yoga Slings are becoming increasingly popular and may even have a beneficial effect on mild backache and tension. The sport involves exercise for every part of one’s body, especially developing and reinforcing the core. Of all aerial arts, Aerial Slings are probably the most artistic and dance-like sport with flowy transitions; an extremely rewarding way to get in touch with one’s body and explore the infinite possibilities it offers.
The White Studio runs, among other courses and classes, a gentle introduction to this discipline of aerial arts, using yoga slings (hammocks) professionally rigged to the ceiling. ‘Tricks’, moves, holds, inverts and simple combos are part of the beginner course and/or classes.
Beginner classes cover the basic elements of Aerial Arts, specifically focusing on Aerial Slings with a modest distance from the floor and no spinning; the moves are yoga-based or inspired. The Early Intermediate level adds more elaborate movements and links shapes together via more complex transitions.
Classes are £12 drop-in, but there are class pass options which bring the cost down.