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Build Strength Without Stressing Your Body at CircuSoul Aerial Yoga

By Marina I. Jokic

"I began practicing aerial yoga after a major lower back injury," Kerry Tice, owner and director of CircuSoul, said. Injuring himself was a wake-up moment for Tice in that he realized he wanted to build up his strength. His initial goal was to start a circus production company and perform on the high-flying trapeze.

Yoga practice provided much-needed relief and healed him fairly quickly. Tice was consequently inspired to create a teaching methodology and to patent an aerial yoga hammock that is now sold around the world. He's trained hundreds of new teachers in the art of aerial yoga.

"I was originally inspired to open an aerial yoga studio because nothing like it existed," he said. "I wasn't sure that it was even possible to have an aerial yoga studio. Usually a studio would rely on the income of floor-based yoga classes to stay afloat."

To quote the renowned yogi B.K.S. Iyengar, "yoga is a system to help alleviate the afflictions of the human mind and body." CircuSoul's offerings are based mainly on this utilitarian philosophy, and the instructors strive to bring spiritual and physical benefits to people from all walks of life and fitness abilities. These days, yoga is becoming very accessible and affordable, so there is pretty much nothing holding people back from trying it out.

"Since yoga is a system that is far more than purely a physical exercise, it can provide a path to answers that humans are intrinsically seeking in their life," Tice said.

Tice recounts that in the first 18 months after opening the studio, he and his team taught only aerial yoga. It was only in their newer facility later on that they added a full schedule of hot and warm yoga classes, making for a much more comprehensive lineup.

In their hot yoga class, the temperature is maintained at an average of 91 degrees, unlike other hot yoga studios that crank up the heat until it's unbearable. Practicing under infrared heaters has incredible health benefits such as detoxifying your body, promoting circulation, and increasing flexibility and range of motion. The added heat takes some getting used to, but causes the body to be more flexible and supple and allows you to sink deeper into a particular yoga pose. In some cases, the heat makes challenging poses even tougher to attain since the body has to adjust to the higher temperature.

"Aerial yoga is a super fun way to practice yoga, and it's accessible to certain demographics that are not able to practice traditional mat yoga for reasons like bad wrists, frozen shoulder, neck or back pain," Tice said. CircuSoul is best known for its aerial yoga of course, but also offers Yin yoga, restorative yoga, and AcroYoga.

CircuSoul approaches their teaching holistically, even providing specialized care for injured students such as private yoga, Thai yoga, neuromuscular massage and yoga therapy.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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