The Om Fairy studio is located inside of Dimensions in Health at 1836 Hamilton Avenue on the border of Campbell and Willow Glen, CA.
Dimensions in Health houses a number of holistic healthcare professionals' offices. The Om Fairy studio is located in the southwest corner of the building, so simply enter through the front door, walk through the hallway, and turn right at the painting of the koi fish, and left to find the door with the Om Fairy sign on it. If you are not running late, it is quite likely Courtney will greet you in the lobby.
Yes. Whether you are attending a weekly class, a series, a workshop, or a private session, you do need to reserve your spot in advance. The Om Fairy studio is an intimate space that hosts a small amount of people for each session we offer so you get plenty of attention in your yoga practice. In addition to ensuring you have reserved a space for your practice, knowing ahead of time that you are coming allows me to ensure all of your preferred props, mat, and infused water is set out for you.
Yourself! The Om Fairy studio is fully stocked with mats, yoga towels, your choice of filtered or infused water in a personal, glass container, and all of the props you could want. Simply show up!
The Om Fairy studio does not have changing rooms, but there are both ladies and mens restrooms that have enough room for you to change.
The Om Fairy studio is a warm, inviting space that encourages you to explore your yoga practice, embracing the playfulness and creativity, the sense of calm and the sense of joy that exists within you and within this practice. Expect to arrive in a studio that is fully set up for you and one to three additional people depending on the type of class or workshop. While still a group class, the smaller number of students allows me to provide much more attention to each individual, offering modifications to support your practice, as well as plenty of time after the session to discuss questions or observations from your practice.
In a one-on-one private session, the yoga practice is guided by your needs and your goals. In our first session we will talk about what you want to gain from your sessions, and I will gather information from your completed intake form to craft a yoga practice to fit your needs. As we move through the session, we'll communicate a lot about what you are feeling, what works, and what doesn't work so that each session builds on your last. Depending on your goals, I will likely follow up with videos filmed specifically for you to help you further your practice between sessions.
Aerial yoga is a yoga class where you are supported by a length of fabric, often referred to as the hammock, swing, or silk. The hammock is a versatile piece of nylon fabric that is 9 yards wide, so in some instances it will cocoon your entire body, and at other times, we'll let the fabric drape together to simply support the body at a certain point, like the ankle, thigh, thoracic spine, wrists, etc.
At its core, this is still a yoga class. We focus on the support or challenge the aerial hammock can bring to familiar asanas or postures.
Aerial yoga utilizes the support and pressure of the hammock to coax the body into a more relaxed state. Using the hammock as a support, gravity can take over and help release tension along the entire length of the spine as well as in supporting muscles. Compression of the fabric around the shoulders, hips, wrists, and ankles can create more space around the joints as well as help restructure connective tissue over time, leading to more openness and fluidity in the body. The support of the hammock can also relieve certain joints and body parts of pressure, allowing you to focus on building your core strength without putting as much weight into the hands and wrists as in traditional yoga.
In addition to the physical benefits, aerial yoga stimulates the mental and emotional sides of you as well. The cocoon-like atmosphere of the hammock provides a safe, quiet space to meditate within, and the rocking of the hammock can be very soothing, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. The hammock also brings out your playful side, tapping back into that inner-child that likes to explore and try new things!
Many aerial yoga postures can require a lot of core, hand, and upper body strength, however, there are many modifications and options in class, so whether you are working on building strength, or you are a strength-training machine, it is likely you will explore modifications to get the most out of your practice, as like most yoga classes, a combination of flexibility and strength are needed to move further into the postures. The great thing about aerial yoga: over time you will improve in both! As you get started, you will notice muscles in the body you weren't aware of before as you work to move your body with the fabric. Over time your upper body strength, grip, core strength, flexibility in the hips, spine, and upper body will all improve! The more you get in the hammock, the more this practice will become second nature, so you feel a sense of ease and comfort with the postures.
You may have noticed on the Om Fairy liability form there is a note about weight restriction of 250 pounds if working with the aerial hammock or yoga wheel. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) Some of the props I use do have a load bearing capacity for 250 pounds, including some of the wheels and my portable aerial rig. It is imperative I know which props are supportive and safe for you to use, even if you don't anticipate using the props as we get started in our sessions. Often times in a semi-private or private session, we may veer off into trying something unanticipated if I think the prop will enhance your practice.
2) Even though the hammocks in the Om Fairy studio are rated for supporting 3,000 pounds of force, in many of the postures we practice for aerial yoga the entire weight of the body is being supported by a single point on your body, which could compromise certain joints depending on the pressure put on them, or cause a painful sensation in the body.
If you are interested in exploring aerial yoga, yet you are concerned about the weight restriction, please schedule a private consultation with me to discuss your goals and we will determine if a series of private sessions will be right for you.
There is a lot of movement with the hammock in aerial yoga. Depending on the style of aerial yoga we are doing, you may find the body spinning or rocking with the hammock. For some people, motion sickness can be an issue, especially if this is something they normally experience in other settings, such as in a car or on a boat. For others, it is not an issue.
Here are a few suggestions to minimize any issues of motion sickness in the hammock:
- Do not eat 2 to 3 hours prior to your session to ensure there is no food still in your stomach.
- Try drinking a ginger tea, ginger juice, or having a ginger candy before your practice, as ginger helps nausea subside. I suggest drinking tea or juice 30 minutes before your session.
- Utilize almost any of the methods that help you with your motion sickness in normal life. I've seen many people wear magnetic or acupressure bracelets to help keep the feeling in check. Please do not take any drugs - over-the-counter or prescription - before taking a class. Woozy and aerial yoga don't mix!
- Opt to skip certain poses that are completely in the hammock, doing a variation on the earth. In aerial yoga we do a mix of postures that are in the hammock and more grounded. Modify your practice to meet your needs.
- Schedule a private session or series of private sessions with me. We will develop a practice that utilizes the aerial hammock where it is of most benefit for you, and ensure you steer clear of postures that will induce a sick feeling.
It depends on the injury, and it depends on the recommendations of your physician and physical therapist. Please remember in aerial yoga there is instability of the hammock, bringing movements that are sometimes unexpected into your practice. In addition, we spend time inverted in the hammock as well as putting pressure into the body with the hammock. Below is a list of conditions that may be contraindicated for aerial yoga.
Much like any yoga practice, each of these conditions may be contraindicated for a few poses instead of the entire practice. For example, if you have glaucoma or have had a recent concussion, you would want to steer clear of inversions, whether you were doing these in a regular yoga class or an aerial yoga class. In other instances, such as severe muscle spasms, the fact that the hammock can easily move you into positions you might not be prepared for would mean aerial yoga would not be a practice to take on, until you addressed the root cause of the issue and built the core strength to stabilize the body without risking the larger muscles spasming.
Long story short, if you have any of these conditions and you would like to do aerial yoga, please email me or schedule a consultation with me to discuss whether this practice will be appropriate for you.
- Inner Ear Conditions
- Recent Surgery
- Recent Concussion or Head Injury
- Recent Stroke
- Botox (within 24 hours)
- Propensity for Fainting
- Hiatal Hernia
- Sutures in any part of the body
- Recent gashes, lacerations, or wounds
- If you are taking any medications that can cause dizziness, light headedness, propensity for fainting, or extreme fatigue
- Artificial Hips
- Head Cold, Flu or Sinusitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Severe Arthritis
- Disc Herniation
- Severe Balance Issues
- Severe Muscle Spasms
- Severe Neck or Back Pain
- Heart Disease
Similar to the answer about injuries, it depends. The aerial hammock is a shifting surface designed to bring some instability to your practice. If you have herniated discs, severe muscle spasms, or osteoporosis, the fact that the hammock does shift means you may cause movement to an area of the spine that would aggravate your pain and cause further injury to your body. In the case of any of the above or severe neck or back pain, you should consult with your physician or specialist prior to beginning aerial yoga to gain a full understanding of what is causing the pain and what movements should be limited or restricted entirely.
As with any type of physical activity, you should consult with your physician or specialist to see if yoga or aerial yoga would be beneficial for you. They have the ability to look inside and see what is actually happening; I have yet to develop X-ray vision. 😉 If your doctor does give you the go-ahead, but you have any of the above issues, it is preferable to schedule a consultation, and likely a series of private sessions, so we can work one-on-one to ensure you have built the core stability to move into the aerial hammock without triggering any of your sensitivities.
Aerial yoga works with gravity and pressure points on the body to help release tension in your muscles and allow the spine to move into its natural alignment. Your joints and vertebrae can find space, relieving the compression we feel from our daily life of long hours of sitting or standing. In that sense, yes, it is sweet, sweet relief for a tired back!
For semi-private sessions, expect to step into a room set up for two to three people depending on the style of aerial yoga. During these sessions, we will spend some time in the fabric, some time grounded on the earth, and there will probably be a lot of laughter along the way. Most classes will include inversions. As with any yoga class, you should never feel pressured to do every posture. Move through what feels right for you, take a break when you need.
Private aerial sessions will be dictated by your needs and goals. If you have issues with dizziness or motion sickness, I will craft an aerial practice that steers clear of the motions that trigger that experience for you. If you are working toward a certain posture, we will focus on asanas that will help you get there. If inversions are not your thing, they won't be in your practice. While a private session is tailored for your needs, it will always provide a bit of challenge and the opportunity to explore new areas of your body, mind, and spirit.
Yourself and an open mind to trying new things! The Om Fairy studio is fully stocked with mats, towels, filtered and infused water in your personal glass container, and most of the props you could want. Simply show up, dressed in form-fitting clothes that do not have zippers. More details on what to wear below.
There are a few considerations for what to wear and what not to wear for your aerial yoga session.
What to wear:
- Form fitting clothes: As we move around in aerial yoga, and go upside down, you don't want to be messing with your pants legs or trying to keep your t-shirt from sliding over your face. Stick with clothes that fit close to your body so you have one less thing to worry about.
- Clothes that cover the body: Not because I don't want to see your amazing 6-pack, but trust me from experience, the aerial fabric can rub against you as you move through transitions, so having a little barrier between you and your skin is really handy! Longer yoga leggings or capri-length leggings will feel much better than shorts, and a tank that covers your stomach or a t-shirt will feel better than a bra top.
What not to wear:
- Zippers & jewelry: Please refrain from wearing any clothing that has zippers on it, as it can snag the fabric, causing holes and also possibly getting you stuck in a funky position! The same goes for any chunky jewelry that can snag the fabric. If you have jewelry on, I will provide you with a personal box in which to place the jewelry for safe-keeping through the session. Or, you can also leave the jewelry at home.
- Socks: For most aerial classes, you will be asked to remove your socks, even if they are yoga socks with the nubs, as your feet are one of the things that help you keep yourself hooked into the fabric. Fabric against fabric slips and slides, so we don't want that with your feet.
At the Om Fairy studio I offer a variety of aerial yoga styles that meet a wide range of needs.
- Aerial Yoga: If you simply see aerial yoga on the schedule, this is a class similar in style to my Flow & Hold® Yoga, supported by the aerial hammock. The hammock is about 3 feet off the ground, and after we warm up, we will flow and move through a variety of transitions before moving into postures that we hold longer, like our inversions, forward folds, and yes, even backbends can be held for a while with the aid of the hammock.
- Low Series Aerial: In the low series, the hammock is lowered to only 1 foot off the floor, allowing you to feel grounded while utilizing the hammock to coax the body open. This is a gentler practice that incorporates some strengthening postures, some yin-like postures, and some restorative postures.
- Alignment-based Aerial: Expect a class that will keep you more grounded on the earth, exploring sensations the aerial hammock can provide through its support, and seeing if you can find those sensations as you move away from the hammock to the mat.
- Cocoon Meditation: In this session, we first unwind the body before we climb into the hammock and close out the world, aiding the senses in becoming withdrawn. I will lead you in a guided meditation certain to leave you in a calm, relaxed state.
- Fairylight Flight: A restorative practice that moves through grounded, gentle stretches to help you unwind before climbing into the hammock to experience more restorative postures and a powerful yoga nidra practice that moves through your energy centers. Depending on timing, this session can include a sound journey with the 432 Hz crystal lyre and hot stones to help you further relax and soften the body and mind.