Inside Aerial Fit: Lyra

We often get questions about our aerial classes, so we’re creating videos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in each class we offer. The fifth in the series is Aerial Hoop (Lyra).

The aerial hoop is a great apparatus for people whose brains like to think in circles and whose bodies love to roll, twist, or spin. Aerial Hoop is often called lyra. It is a steel hoop with a diameter big enough to sit inside comfortably. It can be hung with two ropes or one rope. We focus on the single-point, one rope style.

An aerial hoop practice builds upper body and core strength just like all the other apparatuses. Working on the hoop teaches us to use our full body to control and manipulate the hoop. We will teach you the techniques of aerial hoop, including various ways to easily and beautifully get on and off the apparatus, as well as learning how to support and counterbalance the body across the hoop.

We work over thick crash mats and a soft gymnastics floor. As a beginner you will work low to the ground learning a variety of movements like rolling, shifting, sliding, and twisting. As you progress in your practice you will learn different ways to move under the hoop, inside the hoop, and above the hoop. Our advanced students eventually learn to create their own choreography and moves! If you like rolling, twisting, flipping, and spinning, then you will love working with the aerial hoop.

There is no aerial experience needed to take your first class. We recommend a weekly practice, either in conjunction with, or without, other aerial skills classes as well. Please show up at least 10 minutes early for your first class. Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing that covers the armpits and knees, and remove all jewelry from your arms, hands and fingers. See our full schedule at

Thanks to Angela and Kelly for taking part! See our full schedule here

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