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Uplift Maui Offers Aerial Yoga at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux

January 20, 2017, 8:38 AM HST
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Uplift Maui, a fitness and wellness provider launches aerial yoga and aerial dance classes at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux.

Uplift Maui, a fitness and wellness provider has launched aerial yoga and aerial dance classes at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux.

These new workout classes, designed to balance the mind and body, combine the gentle support of one’s body weight with suspended equipment.

“Our aerial yoga classes are designed to properly align and lengthen the body more efficiently, and the use of silks helps create a sense of playfulness,” said Andrea (“Dre”) Fors, owner of Uplift Maui. “Classes are open to adults of all ages and ability levels.”

Uplift Maui, a fitness and wellness provider launches aerial yoga and aerial dance classes at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux.

Aerial yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures that are partially suspended in a soft, silk hanging hammock.

Uplift Maui representatives say the sling allows the body to feel supported while encouraging the release of any tension being held.

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According to the company, the use of gravity has many benefits including the opportunity to find correct postural alignment, increase strength, aid in digestion and improve balance.

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Each 70-minute class is led by Dre Fors, a certified yoga, pilates and aerial dance instructor.

“If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly, you’ll love this,” said Christy Stesky, Director of Marketing at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux. “We’re always striving to enhance the guest experience and we believe offering new and unique activities such as aerial yoga will leave a lasting impression with guests.”

Uplift Maui offers Aerial Yoga for beginners; Mondays from 8 to 9:10 a.m., Thursdays 4 to 5:10 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 to 9:40 a.m, Aerial Yoga for Strength/Stretch; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and Aerial Yoga for Length on Fridays from 4 to 5:10 p.m.

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For Maui residents or those visiting for an extended period of time, Uplift Maui offers five-week dance trapeze and aerial silks class series. These contemporary classes merge the art of dance with circus inspired movements and encourage self-expression. Students learn technique on and around the aerial equipment and progress into combining this technique into short sequences and eventually a choreographed dance.

Prior experience is not required and all students receive hands-on support and guidance by Uplift Maui creator Dre Fors, during weekly lessons.

All aerial yoga and aerial dance classes are held in the beautiful, open-air, wellness studio at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux. Ocean views, a cool island breeze and the sounds of paradise complete this unique wellness experience.

Drop in classes start at $30 and are open to hotel guests and the public. Package discounts are available as are Kama’aina rates and specials. Must be 18 years of age or older. Private and semi-private lessons are available in aerial yoga, aerial silks, dance trapeze and floor yoga. To sign up, visit www.upliftmaui.com.

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