First Time Friday 4

Today is First Time Friday!

I tried a new thing: an aerial silk and trapeze class!  I went with my friend Lindsay to the Athletic Playground in Emeryville, CA.  They have 100+ classes per week varying from flexibility, handstands, partner acro, aerial skills, parkour, trapeze, bellydancing, thai massage, tango, monkey conditioning, acrobatics and more!  It’s a great place for increasing flexibility, gaining confidence, jumping around, letting your creative skills run wild and total body conditioning.

The aerial silk was rough on my feet as the silk did burn a bit.  Those who have experience mention they get calluses on their feet making them tough and less sensitive to the rope.  We practiced swinging through the trapeze and tried the gazelle maneuver which was fun.  We tried some variations of the inverted butterfly and frog drop on the silk, practiced climbing on a rope and the silk and the splits on the trapeze.  It’s all about containing flexibility and strength.

It was a fun class to try for the first time!  Unfortunately we didn’t take any photos of us on the silks or trapeze but we did get a fun photo of us stretching out into downward dog pose.  We did downward dog making the letter M for Manduka and Susan G. Komen’s Project:OM.  The Susan G. Komen foundation decided to gather 1 million+ people together May 12-14, 2017 to take a yoga class to create awareness of breast cancer.  Get out there on your mat for your own preventative health and wellness.

Taken from the Project:OM website:

“Positive, powerful change needs to start from the ground up. Or, in many cases, from the yoga mat up. That’s why Manduka, the industry’s most trusted yoga brand, is hosting the world’s largest yoga class of one million bodies strong to benefit Susan G. Komen®.

We share the collective goal to do great things – for our bodies, for the bodies of others and for the world. From May 12-14, be part of something epic.

Their signature event, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, hosts nearly 150 events on five continents, involving more than 1 million participants annually.

Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. With a global headquarters in Dallas, TX and a robust network of US and International Affiliates, Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

Check out their website and see how you can get involved!  There are yoga classes all over the world for this cause from May 12-14, 2017.

“Studies have shown that women who get regular exercise have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who are inactive (as if you needed another reason to join the project:OM movement). And while yoga can and should be used as a preventative measure to stay healthy, it can also be particularly helpful after a breast cancer diagnosis.”


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