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Aerial Yoga Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

The following are Aerial Yoga Academy FAQs. 

What is the difference between signing up here or on Aerial Yoga Academy's website?

We are an affiliate partner of Aerial Yoga Academy, so when you sign up through Uplift Active on our website HERE, you receive everything you get from Aerial Yoga Academy AND our additional equipment resources, discounted equipment prices, and personal guidance!

Is Aerial Yoga harder than floor Yoga?

NO WAY! Aerial yoga is actually much easier than regular yoga; it just looks fancy. The aerial yoga hammock supports you whilst you build up strength and helps assist you in balancing poses. Think of it as your own personal yoga teacher!

I have never done yoga, so does that mean there is no way i can do the Aerial Yoga Training?

Aerial yoga is actually better for newbie yogis. As mentioned above, the aerial hammock supports you 100% through each pose. It gently guides you through correcting alignment and supporting your body weight whilst you are building up lower and upper body strength. It also gives you a silk hand to hold through balancing poses.

Is aerial yoga safe to teach online?

Yes, it’s safe to offer aerial yoga classes online. First, the hammock material is made to hold 500kg, and the carabiners and daisy chain can hold 200kg. The key is to ensure a professional has set up the rigging equipment as instructed in the manual.

Secondly, only 10% of the aerial yoga class is spent inverting. When you invert, you are only 1/2 meter off the floor. Clear instructions via the manual and video demonstrations clearly indicate the step-by-step process of each pose. The fabric is wrapped around you in a certain way that if you tried really hard to slip, you probably couldn't!

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga is a hybrid form of yoga that combines yoga, pilates, and aerial arts.

Do I need previous yoga experience?

No previous yoga experience is necessary to enjoy and learn aerial yoga. In fact, this form of yoga can be easier than normal yoga when used correctly. To explain this further, the hammock is responsible for taking half of your body weight, allowing many students to try more challenging yoga poses such as inversions whilst they are building strength.

Can everybody do aerial yoga?

Yes and no. People who suffer the following conditions are not suitable to participate in an Aerial Yoga Academy Teacher Training:

  • If you had a recent surgery
  • If you have glaucoma
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have high or low blood pressure
  • If you have a current injury
  • If you suffer a heart condition

How often should a student come to my class?

To really reap the full benefits of aerial yoga and feel a dramatic change in well-being, it is recommended that students attend a minimum of three aerial yoga classes a week.

What should students wear?

When students practice aerial yoga, they should follow this dress code:

  • Remove all jewellery before participating to avoid snagging the fabric.
  • Wear a t-shirt that covers the armpit area to avoid excess sweating into the fabric and to avoid the fabric rubbing on the skin.
  • Wear leggings that are at least ¾ long to avoid rubbing behind the knees and to allow for easy movement within the hammock.
  • Wear socks or have clean feet.

How old must I be to be eligible to do the course?

You must be at least 15 years of age to do this aerial yoga program.

How do I pass the course?

To pass the course, you must pass the two-part final exam.

The first part of the exam consists of answering 20 questions. This exam is an open-book exam with no time limit. When you complete the written exam, you need to email us the answers to your questions for evaluation.

The second part consists of you filming a 30-minute class. You can either film with a pretend class or with one or two students. We will provide feedback on your final exam to help you improve. If you attend an onsite training class with one of our associate teachers, you will be exempt from the exam.

What are the requirements to pass the exam?

All 20 questions must be answered correctly, and 85% of the practicum points we look for must be included in the presentation.

Tell me more about the practicum exam and how to film it?

The practicum exam should be of you teaching aerial yoga to at least one other person, if this is not possible, then just pretend you are teaching and giving instruction to a class. Your full body needs to be in frame so we can asses if you are using the correct grips and transitions from pose to pose.

What if I don't have a studio to film myself for the exam?

We have portable aerial rigs available on our website that can be a great solution for at-home rigging. You may also reach out to a local studio and find that they are very accommodating and will let you use the space for a day to film your exam! The aerial yoga community is generally very welcoming, and we try to help each other. The video does not have to be edited or polished; we just want to see the teaching skills that you've learned!

What things should I include in the 30-minute presentation?

You must have the following:

  1. A short introduction (mention contraindications)
  2. Demonstrate the two recovery poses
  3. A 2-minute meditation/breathing
  4. At least two poses from each section that flow well together (In the inversions section, one of the poses must be the frog pose)
  5. A 2-minute ending meditation

What do I get points for in the presentation?

Be sure to include all of the above poses in the exam, speak clearly, be audible, use cues from the front of the class, and mention a few benefits and a few muscles of each pose being used.

What if I fail the exam, then what?

You can try as many times as you need for free! 90% of students pass the exam the first time. We want you to succeed!

How long does it take to find out if I have passed or not?

You will be notified via email within one month of us receiving your submission.

How long after I pass can I begin teaching aerial yoga?

As soon as you receive your certificate of completion in the mail, you can start teaching private sessions at gyms, yoga studios, in halls, in schools, or open up your own aerial yoga studio.

How long does it take to get the certificate after passing the online exam?

When you have passed your online exam, you must keep a log book of how many contact hours you have had teaching students aerial yoga. This means under our requirements, you must teach 50 hours of aerial yoga to anyone who wants to learn. The purpose of the log book is to help all new students gain confidence and experience. The log book does not have to be submitted after the 50 hours are completed. Your Aerial Yoga certificate will be sent to you once we are notified the hours have been accomplished.

NOTE: You can be exempt from the 50-hour log book for two reasons.

  1. You have submitted an outstanding video presentation that exceeds and excels in all areas.
  2. You have had previous yoga teacher training in any style.

Can I get insurance coverage with this online course?

Yes! We use a company called Insurance House - we find they are familiar with aerial yoga practitioners, and their prices are competitive.

How much do I charge for my aerial classes?

This depends on class sizes, where you are in the world, and many other contributing factors. We suggest you look at what others are charging in your country and determine your price structure from there.

How far will the certificate take me?

After you have completed and passed the Aerial Yoga Academy Teacher Training, you will be a fully recognized yoga teacher. This will allow you to teach anywhere in the world that is looking to facilitate the aerial yoga style. Such places may include fitness centers, health clubs, yoga studios, personal training, or even opening up your own aerial yoga studio!

Do I have to pay all at once or can I make partial payments?

We have a few options in our shop:

  1. If you choose our payment plan option, please make sure there is money in your account. If there is no money available, our system will automatically suspend you. If this happens 3 times, you will be blocked from completing the course until further discussion.

    NOTE: Students are unable to sit their exam and graduate before the payment plan is complete.
  2. If you choose the upfront payment option, you can sit your exam and graduate whenever you feel ready.
  3. If you need a short-term payment plan, we offer interest-free installments through Klarna at Uplift Active.

Please contact Uplift Active at hello@upliftactive.com to inquire about payment plan options.

Do you have to be fit to be an aerial yoga teacher?

Being fit does help in any area of life. If you feel you are unfit or unable to be the person you want to be, practicing aerial yoga is the perfect opportunity to step forward towards better health, increased well-being, and greater confidence whilst inspiring other students to do the same. There is nothing more powerful than a walking testimonial to the sincere benefits of this amazing yoga style.

How long do I have access to the Aerial Yoga Academy training?

Access is lifelong. If you sign up today, you can delay your start date to suit your schedule. We are flexible and work around your schedule!

Is there room to grow after I graduate from the course?

Yes, indeed, we offer exceptional graduates the opportunity to be an associated onsite teacher trainer at their studio. More information on this can be sent upon request.

Can I do the course if my English is not very good?

Yes. We have many students all over the world doing this course who speak very little English. The course is so easy to follow, making it accessible to students all over the world. The video exam can also be filmed in your native tongue.

I have done another Aerial Yoga course will I learn anything from this course?

Yes, we have many students who are already trained in Aerial Yoga doing our course with outstanding feedback. If you are looking to expand your moves menu whilst deepening your knowledge of the techniques, benefits, and aerial yoga flows, this course is for you!

Is aerial yoga difficult? I really don't think I could teach this!
Did you know that aerial yoga is easier than a traditional yoga class? The poses are so beautiful that many people think they must be so hard to get into as they have only seen the end result. The best part to know is they are so easy! Once you learn the simple step-by-step instructions and practice, practice, practice, you will look, feel, be, and radiate the professional aerial yoga teacher that you are destined to be. Don't let fear stop you. I am here to tell you that you can do it. The hardest part is taking the first step and investing in this life-changing course. It will be love at first flight!

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