Monthly meet up - Month 2! This one doubled as a meet up and a fundraising event for CCFA and it was SO FUN! We had a small private aerial yoga class at Kama Fitness where we got to do inversions and the poses I think are really fun! We were all having a great time and were all a little bit daring, so we just kept moving on to better and better stuff :)
On May 2nd I drove about 2 hours on a Saturday morning to go to my first group instructor certification. I was excited and nervous, not really sure what to expect because I have never been an instructor before.
After a full day of learning and practicing, I was a certified PiYo Instructor!
It was actually really hard for me to practice in a room full of other people counting out beats and cueing, so I felt liked I needed to practice a lot on my own. I practiced a ton by myself at home and have held one practice class (so far).
I'm really excited to start teaching real classes, but am going to hold a few more free practice classes before I officially start at a studio.
If you are in Southern New Hampshire or Northern Massachusetts and want to join me for a class comment or send me an email! I'd love to have you!
Not sure what PiYo is?
PiYo is a strength training class made up of all body weight exercises. There are no weights, bands or any equipment. You stretch and and strengthen with traditional body weight exercises like squats and lunges and moves that are yoga and Pilates inspired like warrior poses, sun salutations, leg lifts and downward facing dog. We don't hold any poses for long. So get ready to move and sweat!
I have been doing yoga and PiYo off and on for about six months now. You probably know this through my headstand fails and finally my successful headstand! I haven't been totally into a practice, nor am I what I would describe as flexible. I am a runner after all, but I have been enjoying my gradual progress with yoga.
I came across aerial yoga a few months ago. A girl I went to high school with teaches it at a dance studio nearby, but her pictures looked so crazy and I was scared away.
Last week Karlene from Kama Fitness & Nutrition posted in a Facebook group I am a part of that she would like to have some people from our group try aerial yoga at her studio. I checked out her Facebook page and website and signed up right away. I was super nervous, but really excited to try it. As long as there were minimal flips, I wasn't sold on the flips.
A few days later it was time to head to Sandown to try something new. I entered the address into my GPS and started driving, realizing I was going to be a few minutes late. As usual. I am usually either super early or 10 minutes late getting places.
Then I realized my GPS was definitely taking me to the wrong street. iPhone Maps for the loss. This happens all the time! So I got to the correct road, said "Screw you, Maps!" and drove down a windy road looking for #37. Drove by it. Turned around. Arrived. Only like 5 minutes late. Not too bad!
Important Tip - The address for Kama Fitness is 37 Fremont Rd, Sandown NH. If you are using a GPS to get there, enter 32 Fremont Rd, Sandown NH to get you just a few houses down and look for 37 or the sign for Kama Fitness. For some reason 37 Fremont Rd doesn't bring you to the correct street.
The studio is inside of a house, but there is a sign by the road and you can see an outdoor set up for aerial fitness as seen in this amazing video of Karlene.
Once inside, Karlene greeted me with a warm hug, laid my yoga mat down and tied my silk up at the correct height for me. Then we jumped right in.
We started with some stretching. Pigeon, warrior poses, down dog, all modified a bit to incorporate the silk into each pose. The stretches were deeper, but the silk helped me get into some poses that I normally struggle with. You get into poses in a new way and the silks help you hold them by holding some of your weight up for you.
Soon we moved on to inversions. I was really nervous at first to let go and be hooked to my silk with only one hand, so I skipped that first one-handed swing. I leaned back for the next move and I was upside down! So much for that fear I had of flips!
The one hour class went by so quickly. I wish I was around this Sunday for the 2 hour Intro to Aerial Yoga Workshop (but I have a half marathon that I am under-prepared for). I will be back soon though! I can't wait to fly again.
The after effects:
If you have the slightest interest in trying this...DO IT! It was soo fun and you should give it a shot! Don't be scared!
Throughout the spring I was hell bent on getting good at the headstand! It was something I practiced almost daily, but was actually really afraid of! I would try and try, but was always afraid of flipping over. So I started next to the couch, so I couldn't flip over and would just hit the couch instead. One day I ventured outside to headstand. No couch to save me anymore! And I flipped over. It was scary at first, but nothing too traumatic happened. Amazing! I was no longer afraid to flip over, so I tried and tried some more. I figured out little tricks that helped me get my legs up, but still my longest headstand probably lasted 4 seconds before I fell.
Looking at my final headstand it might look like I am awful at them! I mean I am not great, but I improved a HUGE amount. I didn't give up and I overcame FEAR. That's what is important. Keep trying and keep improving.
Now watch me fall from a headstand over and over :)
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pup. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance