Like pelting a friend with water balloons and heckling penguins, yoga is even better when done from above. Elevate your chakras with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get five aerial-yoga classes at Ophidia Studio (a $70 value).
During the one-hour suspended sessions, yogi and aerial silks artist Katie Ponozzo blends traditional yoga asanas with suspension poses to create an engaging form of aerial exercise. Suspended silks cradle students as they flex and pose beneath the mirrored studio’s disco ball and twinkle lights. The silken ropes also wrap around limbs for support as flying yogis relax and unfurl limbs into stretches deepened by gravity. Ponozzo’s unique approach to decompression strengthens muscles and loosens minds until the students can act as their own hammock. Ophidia recommends form-fitting athletic wear that does not snag easily and instructs students to leave jewelry and fly-fishing vests at home.
Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.
Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.