9 Learnings From My First Aerial Yoga Class With Well Yes!

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In mid-summer of 2017 I made myself a promise. I promised I would be in the best shape of my life – physically, mentally and spiritually- by the time I am 40. To me this meant being conscious of my eating choices and making better decisions, trying new things, making working out a priority for me and overall finding a center and balance in my life that would allow me to be content with myself and my place in the world. I have two and a half years to go but I try to take baby steps towards this goal every single day.





I’ll be perfectly honest with you. It’s a struggle. I love food. I’m one of those people who has a lot of fond memories of family and friends that involve sitting around a lunch or dinner table.

But, I also do love to exercise and I love the energy that you get from being around others in the same zone, figuratively and literally.

Aside from being a runner, I try to incorporate new types of activities and foods in my diet. I’m also one of those people who will try any food (maybe sans bugs) and will give most workout programs a shot.

When Well Yes!® soups asked me to be part of their Chicagoland event to celebrate future Moments of Yes, I jumped at the chance. Their soups are some of my favorite lunchtime options with nutritious ingredients like chicken with no antibiotics, kale, sweet potatoes, quinoa and they don’t contain any artificial colors or flavors.

I also loved the idea of creating these future Moments of Yes. That idea aligns with my personal future goals and the promise I made to myself last summer.

Oh and it included a chance to try aerial yoga, which I’ve been wanting to do since watching P!NK perform at the Grammy Awards in 2010. Let’s just say I was a bit less graceful than she was and the workout left me sore for days.

However, it was incredibly fun experience and something I would love to do again. I also feel so grateful to have had the experience with two of my best friends.

We arrived at Air Aerial Fitness in Lincoln Park, Chicago one Sunday morning ready to go. The aerial studio was simplistic and beautiful with a combination of natural wood features and the silks that hung from the ceiling. The Well Yes! Décor made the whole place feel festive and lively.

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design



Before the class started we were each escorted to silks that were an appropriate length for our heights and then we each had a chance to sort of play around with it before class started and things got serious.

If you follow my Instagram stories then you know I run all the time. However, this did not prepare me for this class! In fact, it showed me that I have some pretty serious deficiencies when it comes to working out other muscle groups. Balancing your own body weight when swinging from the ceiling and using it as the weight your lifting is not an easy task!

Nevertheless, I loved this event. It was fun and the instructors were light-hearted, which was great since so many people in the room were newbies. Everyone was successfully able to get up in the silks and had a chance to fly.

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Here are some learnings and tips I would share with anyone looking to try aerial fitness during their Future Moments of Yes.

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

It’s not as hard as it looks

This is something everyone can do, despite your fitness level. Full confession: One of my friends almost never works out. She was able to get up in the silks and do the aerial work as well as the mat work. She certainly hurt the next day but that’s to be expected.

It’s exactly as hard as it looks

I know these seem to contradict the first one but hear me out. If you think this is going to be an easy workout it’s because P!nk and others have made it look easy. This is a SERIOUS workout. The workout itself is fun, but you will sweat and your muscles will feel it. There were several times when I was up in the silks that I could feel my legs shaking from the intensity.

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Wear fitted clothing

I like to wear flowy tops when I work out, but that’s not ideal for this. You need to have form fitting clothing so it doesn’t get in the way while you move through the silks.

Get to class early

So we actually arrived an hour early and they were still setting up. So we left and came back about five minutes before the class started. I would recommend getting to class 20-15 minutes early, especially if you’re new. That way you can introduce yourself to the instructor, talk to them about your skill level and find a silk that will be the right length for you.

Don’t eat too soon before class

I wouldn’t recommend eating a lot before class. Maybe have a light meal an hour ahead of time but this isn’t something you want to do on a full stomach. After class we had a lovely brunch with Well Yes! Soups, quiche and some pastries, which was a great way to end the experience. Well Yes! is a line of soups made with nutritious ingredients that have been crafted with care. All Well Yes! soups are made with non-gmo ingredients and contain non-bpa lined cans, making them both a delicious and nutritious option. Find more Well Yes! inspiration here, and check out their great coupon offer to save 50 cents on any two Well Yes! soups here!

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Realize the silks move

So I get motion sickness easily and this summer I had a bout of vertigo for several months. Going upside-down was something that was difficult for me because of these two factors. I mentioned taking a non-drowsy motion sickness medicine the next time I took a class. The instructor said people get used to it. My inner ear never seems to get used to anything though so when I try it again I will try motion sickness meds.

Prepare to be sore

We took this class on a Sunday and I felt my muscles tightening up that night. Remember to stretch and prepare for some of that soreness, especially if you’re like me and tend to only workout one muscle group.

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Realize you don’t look silly and uncoordinated

I fully believe this fear is what keeps most people from trying new things. So many people are afraid to try something out of fear they will look ridiculous. Concentrate on the workout. Concentrate on the movement. You may struggle at moments but everyone is there struggling with you and you’re not alone.

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design



Have fun

Even when here are moments when you or someone else messes up, laugh it off. Find a class that allows you to have fun versus a class that asks you to be quiet and serious. That might be good for experienced aerial fitness gurus, but most people will need a little levity as they are levitating above the ground held up by fabric.

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Those are my biggest learnings from this fitness experience, but there was so much more to it than that. As I mentioned after the session we had a beautiful, delicious lunch. We had a chance to relax, meet the other participants and chat about life as moms.

Being able to connect, laugh and understand exactly how another mom feels when they talk about the funny antics of their 2-year-old creates life’s largest moments of yes.

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Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design

Well Yes 2018 | ©Spoon Photo & Design


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  • Torche’ Nash February 13, 2018 08.20 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! I almost want to jump into the pictures myself and join in on the amazing time you had. I’ve always been interested in taking this type of class, I’m highly inspired now.

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  • Kelly Moyer February 13, 2018 09.03 pm

    Wow, Awesome!! I go to yoga classes but wasn’t aware of this type of class. Looks fun. 🙂

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  • Kim@Team-Cartwright February 13, 2018 09.53 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I would love to try a silks class. Exercise where you are having a ton of fun is the best way to do it. And it looks like a great work out!

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  • Kristy Bullard February 13, 2018 10.53 pm

    I’ve just started doing yoga and I love it! I feel so much better afterwards. Maybe after I get a little ( a lot) better, I’ll try the silk yoga. It looks like a lot of fun!

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  • Megan B February 13, 2018 10.57 pm

    What a wild experience! This looks like way too much fun. I want to try it, like, now!

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  • Dana Gutkowski February 14, 2018 01.19 am

    Good for you for trying new things! Go you! I’m really interested in this class. I mean I really just want to play with those suspended silks…but I also really like yoga so kinda a win win. Thanks for the tips!

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  • Kelly Edgar February 14, 2018 04.51 am

    I really want to try ariel yoga! Sounds like a fun experience

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    • Kelly Edgar February 14, 2018 01.43 pm

      Plus, it looks like the perfect whole body workout 🙂

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  • Drake Conan February 14, 2018 07.22 am

    never really thought about going into yoga before, it looks beautiful though. I think I should try this for a change.

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  • Doreen Pinto February 14, 2018 08.35 am

    I hope we will one day have these types of classes here in Krakow. For now we only do Crossfit and other general aerobics and zumba etc. Seems like a fun activity

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  • Elizabeth O February 14, 2018 12.11 pm

    This class looks like so much fun, but also really hard, it looks like you need some coordination to keep it up, but I love how it looks to work out your entire body!

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  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated February 14, 2018 01.38 pm

    I’ve seen aerial yoga on TV and it looks amazing! I get pretty bored practising yoga at home on my own, but I know I’d be so much more invested if I went to a class like this one.

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  • Ana De- Jesus February 14, 2018 01.56 pm

    I so want to try ariel yoga out as this is the year where I am trying things that are new and that would definitely be outside of my comfort zone. Also I would love to try pole dancing, is that something that you have tried before?

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  • Tami February 14, 2018 03.59 pm

    I would love to try aerial yoga. This is my first time to hear of it.

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  • Natalie February 14, 2018 04.03 pm

    Looks like you had a blast ! I have always wanted to try this !!

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  • Via Bella February 14, 2018 05.19 pm

    Now this is something I REALLY want to learn how to do! I would have a blast doing it too.

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  • Alicia February 14, 2018 06.53 pm

    I have always wanted to try arial yoga! It looks amazing, but I don’t do well around a bunch of people. I also love the Well Yes line of soups. They have a few vegetarian options – and I’m so glad they label them for me

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  • Angie February 14, 2018 07.42 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try arial yoga. Looks fun and like you got a good burn and workout from it!

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  • Evelyn, PathofPresence February 14, 2018 10.04 pm

    This looks so much fun! I have yet to try out one of these classes but I am going to start actively looking for them in my area. Awesome!

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  • Toni February 14, 2018 10.12 pm

    This is awesome and something I totally want to try after I heal up from having the newest baby at our house!! I’ve always been a little nervous about signing up to do a class like this, but it looks like so much fun!

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  • Ryann February 14, 2018 10.45 pm

    Okay this looks seriously cool- I would love to try it out! Thanks for all of the great info!

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  • nicole February 14, 2018 11.40 pm

    This looks amazingly fun and now I want to try it!

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  • Lexi February 14, 2018 11.59 pm

    This looks AMAZING! I have always wanted to try but have been so nervous because no one I know has done it. These tips are amazing, next time I see the class being offered I am going to try it out!!

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  • Savannah Pham February 15, 2018 06.16 pm

    The table setting looks gorgeous! It reminds me of a tea party or Great Gatsby for some reason. Really enjoyed reading your experience with aerial yoga – I’ve always been wanting to try it but it looks hard and I’m sure some flexibility is needed. I’m not so flexible YIKES!

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  • Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama February 15, 2018 08.17 pm

    This is awesome! I have always wanted to do this but unfortunately no one around my city offers it yet. Hopefully we will get it here soon and I can put your great tips to use!

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