Aerial YOGA Teacher Trainings
The following courses are part of the Born to Fly™ Aerial Teacher Certificate Program. All who meet the prerequisites are welcome to train with us, and the certificate is optional.
Teaching Philosophy and Methods
Aerial yoga is a practice with a playful spirit. We use the hammock as a prop to both modify and challenge traditional yoga postures, and then we swing and hanging upside-down, too! Our approach is a balancing of opposites. We are serious about safety and alignment principles (calling all anatomy nerds!), but we are also lighthearted and enjoy making our classes fun for everyone.
Practices usually begin with grounded postures that gradually transition into the air. This allows students to find their roots before they begin to fly, keeping them centered for a more pleasant experience. We teach inversions with safety as our number one priority, and we also offer classes that are inversion-free. Our aerial yoga course sequence can also be part of the bridge from ground fitness to aerial arts programs.
Prerequisites: At least 6 months experience in an aerial discipline, OR extensive teaching experience in another movement form (yoga, Pilates, aerial arts, etc.). A background in teaching movement is recommended, but not required.
Required Reading: The Aerial Yoga Manual Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Rebekah Leach; The Aerial Teacher’s Handbook by Julianna Hane. Purchase books from AerialDancing.com.
What You Will Learn: The course begins with warm-up movement, using the hammock to create length and openness through the spine. We then dissect the postures in a traditional yoga sun salutation (downward dog, planks, and warriors) for alignment purposes, and explore various orientations to gravity to show how one posture can have many different goals. We then progress into seated flying and standing flying postures, and arrive at full inversions by the end of the week. Basic transitions are offered to inspire gentle flow sequences, and a core engagement workshop tops off our movement sessions. Discussions on safety, rigging, classroom management, and lesson planning are also included. Each participant will also participate in practice teaching.
Prerequisites: Completion of the Aerial Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training with a Born to Fly™ master trainer or provider.
Required Reading: The Aerial Yoga Manual Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Rebekah Leach; The Aerial Teacher’s Handbook by Julianna Hane.
What You Will Learn: The course picks up from the Level 1 course and adds a sequencing element. We will explore full warrior flows and challenging variations. Additional postures covered include strength/power moves such as handstands and forearm balances, as well as deep hip and back openers like full wheel. The hammock provides a supportive place to learn more difficult postures by providing a source of stability, but it also challenges strength due to its suspended quality. Spotting techniques will be greatly emphasized, as well as progressions for handstands and deep hip openers. More complex transitions will inspire faster paced flow sequences, and a flexibility workshop tops off our movement sessions. Discussions on safety, rigging, classroom management, and lesson planning are also included. Each participant will also practice teach.