Looking for new ways to spice up your yoga journey? Level up your yoga game (literally) with Aerial Yoga! While the usual floor yoga is great for the mind and body, Aerial Yoga has a few additional benefits, which includes relieving joint pressure and spinal compression, and enhancing core strength.
Despite its amazing benefits, Aerial Yoga is still relatively new in Singapore. That’s why the Fitta Team met up with Geraldine from Hale Yoga – a contemporary yoga studio specialising in aerial yoga – to find out more about herself and the practice of aerial yoga.
Hey Geraldine! Please tell our teammates a little bit about yourself.
I’m Geraldine and I teach both Yoga and Aerial Yoga classes at Hale Yoga. Turning passion into my job is one of the best decisions I’ve made in life.
You mentioned that Hale Yoga specialises in Aerial Yoga. What is Aerial Yoga and how does it differ from floor yoga classes?
Aerial Yoga is a type of yoga combining traditional yoga poses, Pilates and calisthenics with the use of a hammock. In order to have a healthy body, one will need to do push, pull and bounce exercises to keep joints healthy. Yoga consists of push exercises while Aerial Yoga consists of pull exercises. It trains different muscle groups.
You’re definitely an experienced yogi and practice multiple yoga genres including Aerial, Wheel, Vinyasa, Functional Yin, Bikram, Ashtanga. Which is your favourite and why?
My favourite is Vinyasa, flow-based Yoga. Vinyasa in layman’s terms means one breath, one movement. Finding movement through breath work is a moving meditation for me.
I read that you used to be a black belt Taekwondo martial artist and taught martial arts before teaching yoga. What made you decide to change teaching disciplines?
I was teaching Taekwondo in my younger days and stopped to complete my A-level examination. After 2-3 years, I came across Aerial Arts and Yoga and had shifted my attention since then.
How has yoga made a difference in your life?
Both Aerial Yoga and Yoga are my go to routine and get me moving. It allows me to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Any words of advice for those who are hesitant on trying aerial yoga or for beginner yogis?
Everyone of us starts from somewhere. It’s all about trying. No one sport serves all. If it works out for you, great but if it doesn’t, it’s okay. It’s all about finding what works for you and what doesn’t. This applies to all aspects of life choices 🙂