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Swing Yoga

by Meghann on August 3, 2011

Swing. Yoga. Is. Awesome.

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Seriously. It’s a mix between aerial silks and yoga and I think I’m in love. :)

Remember when I took that Aerial Silks class in Orlando a couple of months ago?

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That class ruled too. My arms and upper back were sore for a few days afterwards – indicating a killer workout. Plus, it was just plain fun.

Unfortunately the studio is located about an hour further than I prefer to drive for a good fitness class. I found a similar studio in Clearwater (which I still need to try!), but, again, that’s a little far for me.

When my friend Valerie had mentioned that Yoga Downtown Tampa is now offering swing yoga classes at Yoga in the Park last Sunday, I knew I HAD to check it out.

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Swing Yoga is still fairly new to the Yoga Downtown Tampa Studio. Currently they only offer a handful classes and the only one that fit both mine and Valerie’s schedules was the Wednesday morning 6:00am class. That’s some EARLY yoga.

I was up ridiculously early and beat everyone to the studio by a good 15 minutes. Francine (the owner) arrive at 10 ’til 6 and was super sweet. She opened the studio, gave a little background on the class, and told us to get comfortable.

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Laying on your back with your feet in a swing = uber-comfortable. :)

The studio was tiny, but well equipped to hold a 10 person swing yoga class. We ended up with a 3 person class, which was a nice surprise because it meant a lot of much needed one-on-one attention with Francine. Rumor has it the afternoon classes fill up fast, so I’m glad we went with a morning class for our first class.

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The class began with an extended warm up that work our bodies up with some light movement and stretched. Francine incorporated the swing into some basic yoga stretches, which really deepened the intensity and the stretch of some of my favorite moves.

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Then, we began to have a little fun.

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This part of the class was my favorite part. We were upside down, right side up, twisting, turning, swinging, and just having a ball seeing what our bodies could do. My favorite part was the inverted crunches, I have a feeling those are going to hurt in the morning.

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We ended the class by laying in the swing (hammock style) in shavasana. At which point I closed my eyes and dozed off for a second or two.

Swing yoga is not your average yoga class. The rush you feel from flipping upside down or mastering a new move, brings yoga to a whole new level. And the best part is, you’re having so much fun, you don’t realize you’re getting a good workout in at the same time. I was using muscles to pull myself up that I forgot even existed. It takes a lot of strength to hold yourself up for so long.

I will be back! :)

After yoga I headed straight home for breakfast.

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Apple slices with almond butter

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And piece of toast with blackberry jam

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Sometimes the simplest breakfasts are the best. :)

Have you ever tried swing yoga before? Would you?

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