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Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm HST

 


An aerial yoga program credentialed through the Yoga Alliance. AIReal Yoga™ uses a looped fabric that swivels freely on a single point taking you to a higher level of core stability. It allows you to deepen your stretch, correct your alignment, refine postures and safely perform inversions.

Feeling ready to occupy vertical space doing yoga? This class is for everybody to benefit from the poses of yoga. The aerial hammock is here to be your friend, your balance, your support in this yoga class. Throughout this class, you will find traditional yoga poses as well as some aerial variations. The silky, sling-like hammock, which hangs and swivels from the ceiling, acts as another yoga prop. It assists you with both balance and stability, wrapping around you to hold your full body’s weight so that you feel comfortable and completely supported. Inversions anyone? The hammock also serves as your very own spotter, allowing you to experience and feel benefits from yoga poses you did not think possible.

This aerial yoga class is extremely easy on the joints and will help you to feel proper core engagement, build full body strength, deepen any stretch to increase flexibility. You will correct misalignments within the body, strengthen your yoga mat practice, and bring about feelings of relaxation and bliss as you crawl into your hammock cocoon for savasana at the end of the practice.

You do not need to be an acrobat to defy gravity. Claim your piece of ‘vertical real estate’ in aerial yoga class with any of our AIReal Yoga™ certified instructors.

Kindly let your instructor know of any injuries. Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart conditions, fused spine, pregnancy/postpartum without doctor clearance.

Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. Jewelry off. T-shirt on! No perfume.

Please pre-register for all aerial classes at least an hour in advance and arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you can safely enjoy the class and have the chosen apparatus that you want set up. Since space is limited and setup time is necessary, we are not able to accommodate late arrivals to Aerial classes. If you sign up and do not show up to this limited space class, you will still be charged for the class.

Robin Shepard

Originally a native of the Pacific Northwest, Robin spent the last 13 years traveling, raising her family, and acquiring knowledge and skills living in such places as Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Ho Chi Minh City. Though she will never stop wandering, she now considers Honolulu home. She feels lucky to have been a part of the vibrant yoga culture of Vietnam where she completed her foundational yoga teacher trainings with Suzanne Vian of Yoga Vietnam and her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the FluidUs Method with Carlos Tao. Additionally, Robin is a registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and has training in Pre-Natal and Post-Natal yoga.

Accordingly, Robin enjoys teaching both the young and the young-at-heart. As a life-long learner, she is fascinated by recent scientific discoveries around fascia and functional movement and their implications for the practice of yoga. This curiosity has fueled exploration and experimentation to create a style of movement that is playful and dynamic, with practical benefit for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. She is always looking for ways to deliver a more personal experience, with respectful irreverence and fun. She links functional movement skills, breath mechanics, and novel approaches to traditional poses to increase somatic awareness, mobility, and build an organic mind/body connection.

As a long time practitioner, Robin has personally experienced the difference that a regular yoga practice can make in a person’s life. She sees yoga as a doorway, progressing from movement into meditation, awareness, understanding, and finally acceptance of ourselves and others. She considers yoga a powerful and essential practice to help navigate our modern world.

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