Aerial Yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures that are suspended partially or fully in the air by a soft silk hammock. The use of gravity allows the body to find correct postural alignment, to release, realign, and lengthen more efficiently, and furthermore invites in a spark of creativity and playfulness. Accessible to all skill levels, this is bound to be an unforgettable experience…
What we love:
- This is a gentle practice that can be adapted to any skill level
- The support of the silks allows for a deeper connection with each pose
- Dre is a very warm and caring instructor and her breadth of experience carries into each class
- Both men and women really enjoy this style of yoga practice
Aerial Yoga – Basics
Pre-requisite: none; some floor yoga experience advised.
A gentle introduction to aerial yoga for beginners or those wanting a more gentle practice; You will learn beginner level postures using the sling and experience the benefits of some of the basic fundamental postures. Gentle for any ability.
Monday: 8:00am – 9:10am *complimentary to guests
Thursday: 4:00pm – 5:10pm *complimentary to guests
Saturday: 8:30am – 9:40am
Aerial Yoga – Strength/Stretch
Level 1/2. Pre-requisite: Aerial Yoga Basics.
This class provides some more challenging postures, and will use the sling to work your core and total body strength, and then combine this with some deep stretches in the sling such as inversions, backbends, and more. You will leave feeling completely melted.
Saturday: 11:00am – 12:10pm
Aerial Yoga for Length
Level 1/2. Prerequisite: Aerial Yoga Basics
Gentle opening movements to warm the body, followed by some deep longer holds, using the sling and the breath to help the body release and open. This will help you stretch and lengthen tight areas of the body and will have you leaving here feeling longer and more open.
Friday: 4:00pm – 5:10pm
$35/person per class; reservation required
Private sessions also available upon request
Hotel Wailea Guests
Two complimentary classes are offered to guests of Hotel Wailea:
Aerial Yoga Basics on Monday at 8:00am
Aerial Yoga Basics on Thursday at 4:00pm
Meet your instructor:
Andrea Fors (aka ‘Dre’) discovered her love for aerial dance in 1998, while attending the University of Georgia. There, she apprenticed under the directorship of Susan Murphy, one of the first people to develop the art of dance-trapeze, and there, she found a love for how physical strength and art/emotion collide.
She went on to help open one of the first dedicated aerial dance studios in the country, Canopy Studio, and became a member of Canopy’s first Aerial Dance Repertoire Company from 2000-2005. During this time, she spent countless hours training on various equipment including silks, duo trap, lyra, and harness with Elsie and Serenity Smith, who performed for Cirque du Soleil, and currently own the New England Center for Circus Arts.
Andrea is dedicated to helping the community of Maui and those who visit our beautiful island to connect back to themselves and to those around them, and the community. Her company, Uplift Maui, is founded on the premises that we “rise by lifting others” (Robert Ingersoll). A play on words for literally lifting people into the air as well as in so many other ways…physically, nutritionally, emotionally, and spiritually…to name a few.
RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified, Unnata Aerial Yoga certified, Power Pilates Certified, ISSA certified, B.S. Psychology; Masters in Social Work