Why You Should Try Yoga Trapeze At VIDA
By Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor/member
There’s a new yoga class in town, and it’s ready for you to try right here at VIDA Fitness! Join VIDA Master Trainer and yoga instructor Kelly Moyers for Yoga Trapeze, a prop-based inversion yoga class that’s the best of both worlds: It’s therapeutic because it can help minimize stubborn back pain, but it’s also a lot of fun because, well, who doesn’t wanna feel like they’re flying through the air? (But don’t worry, the Yoga Trapeze isn’t aerial yoga. It’s not set up that high off the ground — so if you’re afraid of heights, no need to fret about that.)
Students tend to like Yoga Trapeze for the spinal traction and passive backbends. If you can’t do Wheel Pose in a mat-based yoga class, you might have better luck in Yoga Trapeze. In short, the Yoga Trapeze provides an alternative approach to the typical yoga practice that makes all sorts of poses accessible to students who may be more limited on the mat. Besides those benefits, Yoga Trapeze incorporates functional pulling and grip strength motions that perfectly complement a mat-based yoga practice to create a full-body fitness routine. You’ll also improve flexibility, as well as core, upper body, and posterior chain strength.
Want to learn more from the master herself? We caught up with Kelly to chat about Yoga Trapeze, why it’s such a unique workout, and what you can expect in your first class.
How did you discover Yoga Trapeze?
On Instagram actually! I was inverting daily with a Teeter Hang Up table for my back pain relief, and I was struggling with hanging upside down when I wasn’t at home. That week, Yogabody had an ad for Yoga Trapeze that ran in my feed. I bought it and loved it. I immediately emailed Yogabody founder Lucas Rockwood and asked when he was coming to the U.S. because I had to get certified. I use it daily, and I have a pain-free back because of the Yoga Trapeze.
Why is it a great workout?
I love its versatility. While my primary uses are for traction and back pain, I love how it also doubles as a suspension system, like TRX. It can help give you assistance for arm balances and inversions that often require a real person to spot you in mat yoga if you’re learning and don’t have the pose mastered yet. It really does hit all the key elements of a good workout.
What if someone has minimal yoga experience and isn’t sure this class is right for them?
The Yoga Trapeze makes so many mat-based yoga poses accessible for the inflexible. So really most students can get in the trapeze and feel successful. I’m probably the most inflexible yoga teacher in the entire city of Washington, D.C., and yet the trapeze makes me feel like I can do so much.
What can first-timers expect in their first class?
You can expect a little bit of grip strength, core work, posterior chain strengthening, upper body work, and of course spinal traction. It’ll be a small taste of what the trapeze can do for your whole body. You’ll walk away knowing how to get in and out of the trapeze, understanding why inversion is so healthy, and feeling in complete bliss after Savasana in the trapeze. The class will leave you curious about what else you can do in the trapeze and longing for those amazing inversions.
Is there anything else people should know before signing up?
We are never really high up off the ground, so the safety concern should be much lower for those afraid of heights. Because there are handles, the trapeze can be very accessible to a larger audience. If you have any injuries, please email me before signing up since some injuries may limit your use in the trapeze. Oh and of course: It’s FUN!
Ready to give Yoga Trapeze a try? Kelly teaches the class every Thursday from 7:45-8:45 p.m. at The Yards. Check out the Small Group Training schedule to register. If you have questions or want more info, email Kelly at email@example.com.