8 Things to Know Before Your First Trapeze Class
by Kaleena Stroud
1. You’ll see people of all flexibility levels.
A common misconception about all of yoga, not just the Yoga trapeze, is that it’s for the flexible. However, it’s more for the inflexible. That is, no one expects you to be doing full Wheel pose and flying splits your first try.
The whole point of trying a workout program is to work on strength and flexibility, little by little. Give yourself tons of patience and allow the poses to come to you… and they will!
2. But you may get dizzy at first.
You’re going to be putting your body through some new experiences, causing some discomfort. It takes around 3 classes to get “used to” going upside down, so know that feeling lightheaded after your first or second time inverting is totally normal. I promise that you will get used to it.
3. The rig is not going to break.
I know lots of people look at the flying contraption and think: holy moly what if it breaks? I’ll admit the thought crossed my mind before I got to know how it all operates.
The fabric is made of the same material as a parachute and the entire trapeze line has been weight tested to support up to 350 pounds, so rest assured there are no issues with breaking or falling from the ceiling during classes.
4. It isn’t ALL about fancy inversion poses!
Of course, the yummy inversions are the core of relieving back pain using the Yoga Trapeze; however, an hour-long class will often begin with some mat-based warm-ups, some use of the main sling to do assisted Warrior poses and other openers, and use of the handles for “flying” pigeon pose, and other stretches.
The Yoga Trapeze is great for practicing assisted backbends and hanging upside down but many students love using it for flexibility training and having fun.
5. It’s NOT an aerial silks class.
Silks and trapezes share lots in common and are both wonderful workouts! But aerial classes have the slings much higher from the ground and are usually for experienced dancers or performers. If aerial silks look fun but intimidating, you can try a trapeze class first.
6. No one expects you to do it all.
You will encounter a pose or two you are not comfortable even attempting. Then don’t do it! I must’ve skipped three or four poses during my first class, and I’m no stranger to yoga.
You will notice that even the most difficult poses are taken in steps. Do all the steps you are comfortable doing and you just may end up doing something you didn’t think you were capable of! If not, either wait for the instructor to come to assist you or just take a break where you feel a good stretch and enjoy it there.
7. Other students are very supportive.
I can’t speak for every studio with certified Trapeze instructors but in my experience, other students who have been in many classes are happy to help you get into a pose if the instructor is with someone else. I’ve even been verbally encouraged with a “you can do it” during class from a student across from me.
These aren’t your typical yin yoga classes where you must be silent and obedient. There is no religion involved. It’s about having fun and working toward a stronger version of yourself—however you choose to do so.
8. Your back will feel great.
Even after just one class, if you’ve managed to go upside down for a few minutes it’s enough time to gain traction on your spine and decompress the pressure that’s been causing you back pain. Warning: you may also feel sore the next day!
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