CARY — Think Cirque du Soleil, and you’ll have an idea of what goes on at studioVIBE.
The yoga, Pilates and movement studio recently added aerial yoga to its repertoire.
Silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling are props used for the combination of regular yoga and aerial acrobatics.
“It’s just fun,” said Patty Geiger, owner of studioVIBE. “The inversions are so great for the body. There is less gravity to fight against.
“Life as we know it is filled with pressure and stress,” she continued. “Even exercise can be stressful. Aerial allows people to really let go.”
The hammocks, fashioned out of 21 feet of fabric, help enhance yoga poses.
“Aerial yoga entertains all people’s physical abilities,” said instructor Stacie Dombrowski. “It makes poses accessible to those who can’t do them on the mat and allows you to go deeper into poses.”
Classes conclude with participants cocooning in their hammocks. Some get so relaxed that they wish they had a hammock at home, Geiger said.
First-timer Elizabeth Wooten was smitten after one class.
“It made me feel like I was 10 years old playing on a swing set,” she said.
Geiger began offering aerial yoga in December. The transition was the culmination of two years of work and a move to a new location to make the classes a reality.
Her two Triangle Pilates studios were rebranded to studioVIBE to better represent their mission, she said. Aerial yoga is only offered at studioVIBE’s Cornerstone Drive location in Cary.
Geiger, a former math teacher at Cary High School, has spent the majority of her career as a fitness instructor. She began with classes on the lawn when she was a student at Penn State.
“I always had it on the side,” she said. “It was my on-the-side thing to do.”
She describes studioVIBE as a lifestyle studio.
“Everything we do is focused on mind and body,” she said. “There is no chaos. We are focused on form.”
Classes are small, averaging eight or fewer.
“It’s a premium experience for a reasonable price,” Geiger said. “Sometimes it’s almost like private lessons.”
At 3,900 square feet, the new Cornerstone Drive site offers room to spread out. There are three studio spaces and a small room used for private yoga instruction.
Some of the instructors, including Dombrowski, have been with Geiger for nearly 20 years.
“A studio is only as good as its teachers are,” Geiger said. “And we have the best.”
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