Aerial Yoga Classes & Retreats
THE ROSEWELL CENTRE | GRANTHAM | NR STAMFORD | SOUTH LINCOLNSHIRE
unique aerial yoga classes & retreats
Discover Aerial Yoga
Many yoga postures, or asanas as they are known, are focused on the flexibility of the spine. At The Rosewell Centre we encourage a holistic approach to yoga that increases awareness and sensitivity to energy.
As well as floor based yoga, the Rosewell Centre has introduced aerial yoga which offers many different options in yoga practise. The hammock provides support through your yoga movements, while also improving flexibility and range of motion.
The Rosewell Centre’s Sue Hix is fully qualified to deliver this weightless experience of yoga. Aerial yoga is practised on a one to one basis or with two participants. Please check our timetable and events page for upcoming aerial yoga classes or contact us.
What is Aerial Yoga?
Rather than performing yoga poses on a yoga mat, aerial yoga uses a silk sling or hammock that is suspended from a frame or ceiling to perform those same movements. The hammock provides support through your yoga movements, while also improving flexibility and range of motion. The hammock also takes pressure off areas of the body such as the head and shoulders, letting you reach more challenging poses with greater ease. Some yoga poses may be fully suspended in the air, giving you the sensation of being weightless, or may simply require you to take one body part such as your foot or leg off the ground.
Is aerial yoga suitable for beginners?
Aerial yoga is an enjoyable and transformative experience, however, the practice can be challenging and your body may need some time to calibrate. It is not necessary to have prior yoga experience to take an aerial yoga class, but being familiar in floor yoga beforehand is advantageous.
Tips for your first aerial yoga class
Trust the hammock. The hammock can hold up to 140 stone so no matter your shape, size or ability, you can enjoy aerial yoga.
Wear the right clothes. Wear tight yoga leggings and a top that that ideally covers the underarms rather, than loose trousers and a shirt. A sports bra is recommended.
Don’t wear jewellery. Jewellery can become snagged in the hammock so leave your jewellery at home.
Eat lightly beforehand. Avoid eating a large meal for at least an hour before class, a small snack like a banana beforehand should be fine and will keep your blood sugar up.
Speak up. If you are uncomfortable in a pose, or need help handling the hammock, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask your aerial yoga instructor for help. We want you to enjoy your aerial yoga class and teach in the best way possible.
Modify when necessary. Even though a movement may look difficult, there are lots of modifications that can be used to make aerial yoga classes accessible to all. Come to your class with an open mind and always speak with your instructor if you need assistance.
Relax. The more difficult moves can be daunting, so just breathe through the poses and go at your own pace.
What are the benefits of Aerial Yoga?
Of course, yoga of any kind aims to increase flexibility, particularly of the spine, increase awareness of mind and body and heighten sensitivity to energy. Aerial yoga looks to increase full-body flexibility and strength. It is a full-body type of movement, that aims to strengthen all muscles. The sling allows you to go deeper into the stretches and poses, which further enhances full-body flexibility as you weightlessly stretch and lengthen muscles and find limitless ways to broaden your yoga practice. Weightless yoga is an exciting way to deepen your yoga practice, increase your flexibility and strength and explore new postures while floating!
Aerial yoga can also alleviate neck and back pressure. Standing or sitting all day long allows gravity to weigh down on the spine, by being upside down in certain aerial yoga movements it can help lengthen and decompress the spine.
Aerial yoga is great for promoting circulation throughout the body, as well as for aiding digestion.
Aerial yoga is a low-impact exercise and a good option for those with joint issues who want to move their bodies. Using suspension and gravity, aerial yoga allows participants to create space in the body without compacting joints.
Getting started with Aerial Yoga
Sue Hix is fully qualified and experienced to guide you in taking the first steps in getting started with aerial yoga.
The Rosewell Centre can offer beginner classes to more advanced level aerial yoga. Our classes take place either inside or outside when the weather is fine so you can enjoy the wonderful rural surroundings of the Rosewell Centre.
Classes are practised on a one to one basis or with two participants. We also offer holistic retreats in the beautiful South Lincolnshire countryside that can include aerial yoga. Please check our events page for upcoming classes or contact us to book.
Aerial Yoga Retreats
Connect to innate wisdom in your retreat, dive deep inside your soul, process in a safe caring environment. Feeling roots in the earth and spread out into the tree of knowledge, flowering your consciousness into the new Age of transparency and accountability. Come of age into your true Divine selves.
It is a grand vision for a weekend stay in the country but perhaps that is what your heart yearns for; time to bring more meaning to Life and find fearless help to manifest dreams.
The Rosewell Centre
Meet our Aerial Yoga Instructor
The Rosewell Centre brings together a group of dedicated people, all with the aim of promoting your health, wellbeing and personal development.
Founder and Director
Sue Hix founded The Rosewell Centre in 1996 as a place to celebrate health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective. She has over 30 years experience of teaching healing and health practises and provides Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga, as well as organising Rosewell Retreats.
In these times Sue is focusing on bringing inspiration, healing and connection, while respecting diversity of values and beliefs. Solutions to well being that are low cost and user friendly which can be shared widely to democratise transcendence into new consciousness. Key elements of focus are – regulating respiration to shift physical and psychological states, – teaching how the nervous system regulates the body – presenting learning about hormone drivers and the effect of foods or substances which change our feelings – bringing transformative music into the arena, which soothes the soul and opens us to the capacity for awe.
What our Customers Say
"I am so glad I have discovered Shiatsu massage after so many years. Shiatsu was a revelation unlike any massage I’ve ever experienced. Sue locates and works on particular areas of tension/stress - where pain gathers. The whole body shiatsu experience is intensely relaxing and therapeutic. I recommend thoroughly Shiatsu at the Rosewell Centre."
"I have had many aromatherapy massages before but Rose’s is different in a most significant way - she has a deeper understanding of what you and your body needs and her tailored way of matching your needs is unique in my experience - a very gentle and therapeutic experience. I recommend it without reservation."
“I have been participating in Sue’s early morning yoga class for many years. It is very enjoyable as the routines vary with new poses and ideas, the most recent addition being aerial yoga. The use of silk hammocks adds a new dimension to practice, challenging different muscles to traditional yoga postures.”
“I had a lovely meditation with Sally’s Ocean Therapy Gong Bath, the sounds were very evocative. I heard the waves on a beach and whales singing! All sounds were very relaxing and I felt 6 inches taller after. It was well worth the drive from Wiltshire!”
"Although I had attended regular yoga classes over the years, I hadn't heard of Yin Yoga before so I thought Id give it a try! Sue provided us with the most comfortable, resting environment in which to practice this type of yoga and I felt that her wonderful soft and gentle tone and approach to the class enhanced the whole experience for me. Sue has such a vast amount of knowledge and understanding which I found incredibly useful as we went through our positions and I enjoyed both challenging myself and the wonderful opportunity to relax and reflect. As if this wasn't enough, after each session, I had an exceptionally restful nights' sleep! I would highly recommend this type of yoga and Sue."