The cost difference between aerial yoga and mat-based yoga can be attributed to several factors:

  1. Specialized Equipment: Aerial yoga involves the use of specialized equipment with hammocks suspended from the ceiling. These materials are obtained from quality vendors to ensure appropriate safety standards are met.
  2. Installation and Maintenance: Setting up and maintaining the apparatus for aerial yoga requires expertise and effort. This includes properly securing the anchors in the ceiling and ensuring the equipment is regularly inspected for safety. In addition, hammocks should be sanitized between classes and regularly taken down to be thoroughly washed and steamed.
  3. Training and Certification: Beyond training and certification as a registered yoga teacher, any teacher offering aerial classes should receive additional, aerial-specific training and certification. This is not always the case, but it absolutely should be. If you’re considering an aerial yoga class, please inquire with the teacher about her level of training.
  4. Limited Class Size: Aerial yoga classes often have smaller class sizes due to the need for more space between participants and more attention towards each student to ensure safety.
  5. Insurance Costs: Due to the elevated risk associated with suspended activities, insurance costs for aerial yoga classes are significantly higher than those for mat-based yoga.