I am all about the team bonding. Sometimes we do it with a fry basket and wine; but I really love it when it involves some sort of funtivity. On one of my recent trips to NYC, we decided to try our hand at aerial yoga. I love aerial yoga, it is an entirely different challenge because it has the potential to be completely embarrassing. What better way to build camaraderie with your team but do something completely embarrassing?
I did a little research and found Om Factory. With two locations (one in Union Square, one just outside of the Fashion District) it made it easier to find a class that would fit our schedule. We hopped over to Amanda's class, which was a level 1/2...so my little newbies were a little concerned.
The way Om Factory describes its aerial classes pretty much makes it everything but intimidating.
"Everyone who enjoyed swinging on the monkey bars as a kid is encouraged to try out this fun fusion of yoga and aerial arts."
Luckily, the rest of our class didn't mind our constant need for hand on instruction and giggling. I was just a few days away from the marathon and was so happy to have us focusing on hip openers. I've always enjoyed yoga as an option to cross train for running, but aerial yoga truly gives me that extra lengthening.
In truth, I have always wanted to be a Cirque du Soleil performer -- and aerial yoga is the closest thing I can come to actually doing it!
So we giggled our way through class and somehow convinced the instructors to not throw us out, and stay after for a photo shoot.
The studio is cute, and they have all sorts of other classes that I am dying to try. Yoga inspired by break dancing? Sign me up. Aerial Circus? One step closer to fulfilling my dream of being a circus performer.