I Tried It: Aerial Silks

When it comes to exercise classes, if it’s got the word “aerial” in it I’m usually game.  There’s something so appealing to me about acrobatics.  As a kid, I always wished for the superpower of flight, so I suppose flying has been a fascination of mine for long time.  Through my experience with aerial yoga, I discovered Om Factory NYC also offers aerial silks classes.  I couldn’t resist, so I signed up for a class package.

I was a bit nervous for my first class because I really had no idea what to expect.  I mean, have you SEEN those Cirque du Soleil aerialists?  It’s not at all like aerial yoga.  Aerial yoga involves gentle movements with the fabric hammock.  Aerial silks, on the other hand, involves climbing, twisting, and turning gracefully around two very long drapes of fabric hanging from a 20+ foot ceiling.  Like a dancing spider in a web:


Photo credit: Om Factory NYC

Alas, I quickly realized a few minutes into my first class that aerial silks isn’t as scary as it looks.  It does require precision, strength, and mastery, but each movement involves locking the fabric around the wrists and/or ankles so you aren’t at risk of falling to your death.  Hooray for that!  Overall, I had an absolute blast.  It was challenging and fun.  I felt graceful while doing it (even though I probably didn’t look particularly graceful).  For those of you who think stripper pole classes seem fun but are too risque, I suggest trying aerial silks.  It’ll make you feel sexy and feminine.

Fun side note: You know what else I realized a few minutes into my first aerial silks class?  I realized one of the girls in class looked very familiar.  I kept stealing glances at her trying to figure out where I knew her from.  After class was over, I made a comment to her in the locker room and then it hit me! My brain went off, “Alert! You are speaking to VANESSA HUDGENS!”  (she’s an actress… for those of you still saying “huh?”).  So yeah, that was pretty cool.  You just never know who you might run into at quirky workout classes in NYC!

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