Yoga isn't for everyone. Some people just don't like yoga, and we get it. Flexible people tend to do yoga, and if you aren't flexible, this can be disappointing. While anyone is welcome to try yoga, if you are inflexible, you might find benefit in attending our Stretch and Traction classes. We do our best to make sure that our classes are inclusive, beginner friendly, and fun.
Stretch and Traction is a class that focuses on functional stretching. It is NOT a yoga class. The class times can range from 30 minutes to 55 minutes. We cover all of the types of stretching and educate you about the usability of these stretching types. The last 5 minutes of class you have the option of getting into a yoga hammock and experiencing the benefit of inversion and traction.
Dynamic Stretching - a stretch that focuses on moving while in a specific position, where the movements are done in repetition. These movements are done in sets of 5-10 reps. This is an effective form of stretching for "inflexible" people.
Passive Stretching - a stretch that focuses on staying in stillness while in a specific position, incorporating breathing exercises, and bringing awareness to sensation of the stretch. This is an effective form of stretching for "inflexible" people. This is also a useful stretch for warming up and cooling down. If you have practiced Yin Yoga, then you have done Passive Stretching.
PNF or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching - a stretch that focuses on muscular contraction and engagement. It involves both the stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted. An is considered one of the most effective forms of stretching for improving flexibility and increasing range of motion. This kind of stretching has also been referred to as "table stretching", which you may have experienced at a PT or a Chiropractor's office.
MFR or Myofascial Release Stretching - a form of passive stretching that utilizes props, gravity, and ample time in a specific position to release tight muscles and help re-balance posture and alignment. We incorporate weighted props, straps, tennis balls, and blocks to help increase range of motion and flexibility.
Traction & Inversion - a form of decompression that relieves pressure on the spine. It can be performed manually or mechanically. It is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions. Inversion generally refers to going upside down. Our Yoga Hammocks and aerial silks make traction and inversion easy and comfortable.
Stretch & Traction classes are for anyone looking to increase flexibility. We recommend this class for our Aerialists to keep their flexibility gains. If you are new to aerial yoga, make sure you take an intro class to attend our hour long classes. This class has no prerequisites. While it is not an aerial class, you will have the opportunity to use the yoga hammock to experience traction and inversion.