IS CIRCUS AERIAL THE SAME THING AS AERIAL YOGA?
No. ABAF offers 2 very distinct styles of aerial training. Circus Aerial and Aerial Yoga. What they do share though is that both build will build all of the essential skills: Strength, Endurance, Core, Flexibility.
Circus Aerial invloves more of the traditional circus arts training and working on equipment such as silks, trapeze, hoop etc. Training includes fitness regimens as well as poses, tricks, drops etc.
Aerial Yoga is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the country! It involves traditional style yoga poses but uses the aerial hammock as a prop to assist in alignment and inversions.
With Aerial Yoga, you will stay in contact with the floor/mat for most of the session.
We offer classes in Circus Aerial and Aerial Yoga for EVERY skill level! Can't decide which one is for you? Try both!!
We offer class combo cards, in which you can choose your classes in ANY comination!!
*Note: Intro to Circus Aerials is a one time class required prior to taking any Circus Aerial classes. It is NOT required before taking any Aerial Yoga classes
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Something you can easily move in! Yoga pants or tights with shorts over them are the most common. Remember, you will be going upside down. You will want coverage for the backs of your knees and your torso. It is reccommended to wear socks or leg warmers for some apparatus. During class you will not wear shoes or jewelry. We have cubbies for you to place all of your personal belongings.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?
Besides proper attire, having a notebook to document what you learn is essential!! As you continue to take classes, you will be taking in alot of information each session so taking notes is crucial.
We prefer you to take notes on paper instead of your phone. Call us old fashioned, we just feel better if you're not typing into your phone during class.
Other important items to bring: Water (we do sell bottled water though), a towel if its hot, socks (your feet will thank you) and your class punch card!
IS THIS REALLY SAFE?
Unlike some other forms of elevated sports, the type of Circus Aerial in which we train does not allow for belay lines. For this reason, we do not put anyone in the air until they are ready. This is also why we limit class sizes. Student safety is a priority!
Aerial Yoga is practiced very low. You will always be able to maintain contact with the floor in Aerial Yoga
IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT FOR THESE CLASSES?
If you are concerned about your weight, here is a great 'rule of thumb' for determining your success and participation during aerial activities. You will benefit most from our classes if you are able to:
Hang from a pull up bar for at least 10 seconds. Or, if you can hold a strong plank position on the floor, with feet, hips and shoulders in line for at least 15 seconds.
If you are not confident in your ability to do those things, don't give up! Try a Flow Aerial Yoga or Relaxed Aerial Yoga class! You will be amazed at the things you can do and, if you give yourself a month in these classes, you will be rewarded with increased strength, tone, flexibility and confidence!
CAN I COME WATCH A CLASS, OR BRING SOMEONE WITH ME TO WATCH MY CLASS?
Absolutely!! Interested in what we do? Stop in and take a look!! In addition to being posted on line, our class calendar is always posted on our window.
ITS CHEAPER TO JUST JOIN A GYM, RIGHT?
Sure, it may be cheaper to pay a membership to a "big box store" type facility. But here are some benefits to Air Born Aerial Fitness:
Because we limit our class sizes, you get personal instruction in EVERY class.
- We offer instructor lead classes, so you get the most out of your workout time. - - - Instead of just wandering around the gym, wondering what to do or waiting your turn on a piece of equipment, you will be personally guided during each visit, maximizing your training time.
- Everything we offer is completely customizable to support your unique fitness and wellness goals.
And of course, aerial fitness is unique! Why be another face in the crowd at the gym when you can spread your wings and fly!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET GOOD?
Everyone progresses at their own pace. Some students will advance quickly and some will take more time; and thats OK!!!
Base strength, a background in fitness, gymnastics or dance does help but is NOT required for you to become an advanced student!
Regardless if you progress rapidly or at a slower pace you will build all of the componants: Strength, Endurance, Core, Flexibility. Every day in class, you are Stronger Than Yesterday!
The wonderful thing with aerial fitness is you will never plateau! There is always something to keep you challenged and keep you interested!
IS THIS JUST FOR WOMEN?
Absolutely NOT!! Air Born has several male students, civilian and military. Many men come to Circus Aerial or Aerial Yoga to get more fit and build amazing muscle. Some also enjoy the added challenge of learning the circus skills!
WHY DON'T YOU OFFER KIDS GROUP CLASSES?
Currently we only offer private or semi-private lessons for those under 15. We actually have a wonderful kids program and a super talented youth program instructor. Unfortunatley, many of the kids interested in aerial are also interested in other sports or dance programs that require alot of their time. This was causing our class size to fluctuate too greatly. Therefore, due to the varying schedules that todays kiddos have, we find that scheduling private or semi-private lessons work best.
If you would like to set up a private lesson for your little one, there is no need for the Intro to Circus Aerials class, as the private lesson fufills that pre-requisite/requirement.
If your little one falls in love with aerial (they usually do!) and you would like to set up regular private or semi-private lessons, we can definetly do that for you!
WHAT TYPES OF EQUIPMENT CAN I TRAIN ON WITH AIR BORN?
We currently have silks, lyra (hoop), hammock (sling), loops, net, chains and various types of trapeze: static trapeze, dance trapeze, doubles trapeze and sliding trapeze!
Students can focus and build skills on a paticular apparatus if they choose but will get the opportunity and be encouraged to learn on all of them!
With Aerial Yoga, you will work with the yoga hammocks.
With Stall Bars, you will be working on the bars mounted to the wall. Currently the ONLY place in Fayetteville for structured stall bar training!!
CAN IN HANG THIS EQUIPMENT IN MY HOME TO PRACTICE?
Absolutely, positively NO WAY! Rigging the equipment safely involves training, advanced knowledge and certifications. Then you take into account the danger of the actual skills. Even our professional instructors do not train alone.
Air Born does not support at home training nor will we post how-to videos, Also for your safety and ours, we do not rent out aerial equipment.
I HAVE TAKEN CIRCUS AERIAL CLASSES SOMEWHERE ELSE, DO I STILL NEED TO TAKE THE INTRO CLASS?
Congrats on having already experienced the aerial world! We are excited to meet you and have you in our studio!
Unfortunately, we do not know where you trained or what their teaching techniques are. Also, we are real sticklers for proper technique, safety and strength.
The Intro to Circus Aerials is a one time class. If you are an experienced aerialist, taking this will help us decide what skill level to place you.
Or, if you are interested, you can schedule a private lesson. A private lesson will substitute for an Intro class and this will give you more one on one time with the instructor to decide skill level placement, review your knowledge base, discuss your goals etc.
Remember, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga and Stall Bar classes do not have any pre-requisites.
HOW DO I REGISTER AND PAY FOR CLASSES?
All classes, apparel and products can be paid for using cash or card. Due to forces beyond our control, all credit card payments will include a 3% fee.
All classes must be pre-registered and pre-paid using MindBody. Follow the link on the bottom of any page on our website. You can also install the MindBody app on your smart phone or tablet and register for class 'on the go'!
I AM TRYING TO SIGN UP FOR CLASS BUT IT SAYS I NEED TO CALL, WHATS UP WITH THAT?
The message to "call" typically only shows up for one of two reasons.
1. The class you are trying to sign up for is full.
2. You are not eligable to signup for this class. Example 1: You have never taken an Intro to Circus Aerial class with us and you are trying to sign up for Beginner Level 1 Classes. *You MUST have one Intro to Circus Aerials class prior to taking any Circus Aerial group classes. Example 2: You are a beginner student and are trying to sign up for an Intermediate class, or a class that requires a more advanced skill level than you currently have.
HOW DO I CANCEL A CLASS AND WILL I GET REFUNDED?
Cancelling a class is easy. You simply visit the same site or use the same app that you did to register and choose cancel.
Our cancellation policy requires a 12 hour notification time. You do not need to call or email us, simply cancelling on the registration site is sufficient enough.
If you used your class pass (punch card) to register, MindBody will automatically credit you back for the class. If you used a credit or debit card, MindBody will credit your Air Born account so you can use it for a future class. If you need a monetary refund, please email us and we will send it immediatly.
DO YOUR AERIALISTS PERFORM ANYWHERE?
Yes we do! Our performance troupe can often be seen downtown at 4th Fridays, Annual Zombie Walk and the Dogwood Festival. We also perform for many corporate events, fundraisers and company parties.
Interested in hiring aerialists for your next event? Email us with the request! Also be sure to check out our Performance Troupe page!