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Aerial Yoga

occurs on: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm
£12 Drop-in / £40 5 class pass
time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm
Suitable for beginners!

A whole-body yoga sequence incorporating the silk hammocks to the most delicious playlist in a beautifully scented and gently lit space and finishing with a savasana relaxation laying in the hammock! What's not to love?!

Aerial Yoga is traditional yoga but incorporating a silk hammock. It builds whole-body strength, flexibility and balance and is a deeply nourishing practice. It decompresses the spine and shoulders and calms the mind.

The hammock helps you to achieve advanced yoga postures that can take years to learn as well as (optional) experiencing the benefits of being upside down which is great for the spine as well as for building confidence.

Drop-in classes to be booked through the timetable

Optional Aerial Yoga Membership: Save £8 per month
See Aerial Yoga Membership Options View here https://www.themandalapreston.com/yoga-monthly-membership/

Taught by our Studio Director, Emma

A flowing class using Aerial Yoga hammocks to build strength & flexibility

Is Aerial Yoga suitable for beginners?

Yes, aerial yoga is the perfect class for beginners because every movement is clearly described and demonstrated, you have the hammock for support and you don't need to be able to sit on the floor.

Is Aerial Yoga suitable for advanced yoga students?

Yes, I love Aerial Yoga because their are options for advanced versions of postures and inversions. It's also a lovely complement to other forms of yoga because it enables us to work on pulling strength, which we don't get in other forms of yoga and on our core.

What are the benefits of Aerial Yoga?

Aerial yoga has a decompressive effect on the spine and shoulders and provides a feeling of lightness and ease.

The hammock is also great for strength, because you lose your point of stability and you begin to engage your muscles, especially those in your lower abdomen, immediately without even realising it.

The respiratory and digestive systems are improved through increased blood circulation.

Yoga in general and aerial yoga, in particular, is beneficial for emotional and psychological due to the support of the hammock and the gentle rocking motion.

Do I have to go upside down in Aerial Yoga class?

Absolutely not, options are given for every movement.

What should I wear for Aerial Yoga?

Leggings or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt or long sleeved top. We practice bare foot, but you may want to bring socks for the relaxation in cooler weather.

Is Aerial Yoga included in my membership?

Aerial Yoga is included in the Full Gold Membership but booking is essential.

Is Aerial Yoga relaxing?

Aerial Yoga is relaxing but it also gives us the option to work the body more. The relaxing element comes from the slower paced rhythm, the rocking motion of the hammock and the support of the hammock BUT the work comes from the option to work more deeply on strength and balance. We also have the option to integrate core and pulling work which is challenging, but only as challenging as you choose.

Can anyone practice Aerial Yoga?

Almost everyone can practice Aerial Yoga. As with all yoga classes we do recommend you consult your Doctor before joining the class if you have a medical condition.

We especially recommend speaking to your Dr if you have a heart condition, inner ear condition, spinal conditions and eye conditions such as glaucoma.

Is Aerial Yoga safe?

Aerial Yoga at Mandala is very safe. We employed a structural engineer and rigging professional to design our rigging support and to calculate the appropriate spacing. We use the highest quality equipment from the silks to the supports.

Emma is trained as a level 1 & 2 Aerial Yoga teacher as well as a 300 hour Ashtanga Yoga teacher trained by world-renowned John Scott and she continues to study.

Is there a weight limit to Aerial Yoga?

The weight limit is 22 stone per person. We use the highest quality silks and climbing rigging and we had we our set-up designed and installed by a team of structural engineers.

What is Aerial Yoga Membership?

Aerial Yoga Membership saves you £8 per month / £96 per year
It's paid monthly costing £40 per month which guarantees you a space every week on your chosen day.
If you can't make a class you can choose to attend Aerial a different day (space permitting) or Ashtanga, Hatha or Vinyasa yoga.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe. Often referred to as 'Preston's yoga teacher' I am honoured to teach yoga to 150-200 people every week!

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson, Lucy Crawford-Scott and Greg Nardi.

I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.

As well as studio classes I work within the community teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.

My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
RYT 350hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept, Aerial Yoga

I’ve been going to Mandala for aerial yoga classes for about seven months now. Emma, the instructor, is very welcoming and kind. The classes are so much fun and Emma caters for everyone from beginners to advanced students. I highly recommend these classes! Katy C


The experience was beautiful, the way Emma held the space for us and kept it judgement free is amazing. As a newbie I always feel quite anxious about not being as experienced but in this class, I never felt so light! Thanks a lot

Beautiful Experience

This was mine and my partners first time and Emma is just so warm, lovely and welcoming. We absolutely loved it, what an all round amazing experience. We will definitely be back.

Thank you to Emma for welcoming us, what a lovely space filled with positive energy.

Amazing Experience

Wonderful experience. I have never done any yoga before and have no flexibility or ability but Emma gave no pressure to do anything other than what felt good for me. I was floating on air afterwards so would recommend to anyone. I took a chance and I'm so glad I did. I'll be back for sure! Don't be afraid if you're on the larger size either- just do what you can. I enjoyed floating in a cocoon the most! and managed to stretch and it felt so good. Thank-you Emma!

Aerial Yoga - Floating on Air

I am only fairly recent to the studio and to Emma as a teacher but wow what a difference it has made to my week each week and my well-being overall. I look forward to my classes and feel amazing after.

Emma is so kind and helpful  coaxing you to push a little further and increase your practice, making it more enjoyable and giving your a stronger basis. The yoga in the park during the pandemic was a life line and such a beautiful idea I almost sad to go back to a studio. We laugh, practice and most of all enjoy the moment. I recommend this school and teacher wholeheartedly ......”  Anna

Wow - what a difference!

Emma is a wonderful teacher, patient, carefully explains and has a natural flow which provides for an excellent practice experience. Inspiring - a definite recommendation for Preston and local participants. Philip

An oasis of calm and presence

I have practiced yoga with many teachers but have learnt so much from Emma. Her explanations are very clear and really help me to get more from each posture and my practice. I always feel wonderful after her yoga classes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Emma. Pauline

Learnt so much

Emma is a fabulous and very authentic yoga teacher. She has a really thorough knowledge of yoga and the human body and she applies this in a way that is appropriate to every individual in the class to help us to get the most from each posture. She seems to know exactly what will work with each person. My flexibility and breath have really improved since I started studying with Emma. Steven

Fabulous Yoga Teacher

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