What is Aerial Arts? Part 1

A lot of us, at one point or another, has been to a cool event where there were aerial artists flying around on silks or hoops. When seeing this, almost everyone is in awe and amazed at the skills and expertise that these people have while they dance through the sky. Remember, these people all had to start somewhere and needed to learn, practice and perfect their skills and in Vancouver, Tantra Fitness is the place to do just that.

Before we go any further, let's define what "Aerial Arts" is: Aerial Arts is a type of practice or performance in which one or more artists perform aerial dance and acrobatics while hanging from a fabric.

What should you wear to an Aerial Arts Class?

BOTTOMS: Long leggings that cover past knees for Aerial Hoop, and to ankles for Silks.  Avoid loose or baggy bottoms.

TOPS: Semi-fitted to a fitted capped-sleeve t-shirt, or wear a tank top and bring a sleeved layer.

For the month of April Intro to Aerial Arts is FREE at Tantra Fitness Richmond. This introductory class is the ONLY PREREQUISITE for continuing with Silks and Aerial Hoop classes.  Intro to Aerial Arts will give you a chance to try out both Silks and Aerial Hoops before taking Silks L1 and Aerial Hoop L1!  You will learn basic positions and poses on both apparatuses.  No experience is required.  Don't forget to bring your camera for photo ops!

After participating in our Intro to Aerial Arts class the world of Aerial Arts is your oyster. Check out some of your Tantra Fitness your aerial class options:

Aerial Yoga: Come for a yoga experience like you’ve never had before…yoga in the air! This class focuses on fusing the principals of stability (strength) and mobility (flexibility). This class allows for creative exploration by showing various levels of difficulty and support. Because you do not have the floor to impede you, you will be able to get deeper into your poses. Then relax in the hammock at the end of class as it sways you into deep relaxation. Must be comfortable inverting/going upside down. Please wear long pants or tights and capped sleeved shirt or something that covers under the arms.

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga at Tantra Fitness

Silks L1: Silks L1 will introduce you to the foundations of how to suspend yourself in the air! You’ll get stronger as you learn how to climb the silks, lace lock in the air, and flip yourself upside-down! Sapphire, Teal, Turquoise...you don't have to do the series in any particular order, but you must have completed all 3 colours before going into Silks Lab. Each class colour will focus on a specific technique, transition, and/or aspect of Silks.

Silks L2: After you have completed the foundations presented in L1, we continue to build on them in L2! Skills needed for L2 are the classic climb, foot locks and inverting starting with feet on the floor. After you have mastered those you are ready to learn more difficult poses, as well as the fun (and complicated), wraps necessary to move onto Silks Lab! Be sure to collect all 6 shades of green as many times as you need (Emerald, Forest, Jade, Lime, Mint, Olive)!

Silks Lab (L2+): Once you have completed level 1 and 2, you can drop into Aerial Silks lab. It is a non-progressive course where students will be lead through a group warmup and conditioning, and instructors will present new and varying skills each week. Students may give suggestions for skill choice.

Aerial Hoop Level 1: Gain strength and flexibility as you learn the amazing art of Lyra. You must feel comfortable learning to invert to attend this course. In level 1, you will review and build on intro theories and add hanging inversions and static positions to the repertoire. Please wear tights or crops and a sleeved top. Ruby, Scarlet, Crimson...you don't have to do the series in any particular order, but you must have completed all 3 colours before going into Aerial Hoop L2. Each class colour will focus on a specific technique, transition, and/or aspect of Aerial Hoop.

Aerial Hoop at Tantra Fitness

Aerial Hoop Level 2: Now that you have an understanding of the fundamentals of being in the air, it's a chance to introduce some more exciting skills into your repertoire! You will learn a variety of static and dynamic tricks, classic poses and combos that will keep your mind so busy that you won't even realize how great of a workout you are getting! Why exercise on the ground, when you can play in the air! You must collect all the colours (Blonde, Daffodil, Gold, Lemon, Mustard, Sunflower) as many times as you need until you feel prepared for moving into the Hoop L2 Lab.

Aerial Hoop Lab (L2+): Once you have completed level 1, you can drop into Aerial Hoop lab. It is a non-progressive course where students will be lead through a group warmup and conditioning, and instructors will present new and varying skills each week. Students may give suggestions for skill choice.

 

Aerial Silks at Tantra Fitness

Aerial Silks at Tantra Fitness

The Aerial Arts are a really fun and unique way to express yourself. It provides you the freedom to fly and be creative. If you want to try this sport out for FREE, register online to secure your spot for FREE Intro to Aerial Arts at Tantra Fitness Richmond. Classes are Mondays at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 6:30pm.

Tune in next week when we dive deeper into the world of Aerial Arts.