Starting an Aerial Practice

Inspired to begin an Aerial Practice? Several of the places in the following resource list were personally attended by author Miyoko Rifkin and demonstrated exceptional instruction and focus on safety.  Please be cautious whenever beginning a new aerial practice as instructors vary in their focus on therapeutics or alignment versus art and creativity. Student-teacher dynamics may also vary person to person.  Know your body, know your limits.  If you feel unsafe pain in the joints in any pose, speak up, or even consider a different teacher or studio.

However, some aerial arts can simply be painful or uncomfortable until your body builds a tolerance to pressure in new places or is able to utilize different muscle groups.  Pole, Silks, Hoop, and Hammock can squeeze you in places you’ve never been squeezed before, and part of the journey is the bruising.  Once you’ve found an amazing teacher, you can navigate that journey together.

The home use equipment sites listed offer instructional manuals and video tutorials.  Some also provide links to studios where you can take classes or receive instruction on how to use the equipment.

Safety Precautions

As in any workout regime, practitioners should be cautious and aware of the risks of improper use of any of these tools. In all of the classes attended, the teachers were rigorous about safety and the abilities of the students. They took the time to teach the proper techniques before allowing students to practice. But as in a mat practice, ego can sometimes present itself. Listen to your body and make honest evaluations of your level of ability on the day of your adventure. Make sure to share any injuries or deficiencies to your instructors so that they can also help keep your practice safe and responsible.


Aerial Yoga

CoolHotYoga Calabasas

Yoga/AntiGravity Yoga/Pilates Mat.Piloxing/BarreBootcamp

23681 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

[email protected]


Topanga Outdoor Studio

Yoga/Pilates/Aerial Yoga


[email protected]


5 Point Yoga Malibu

Yoga/Barre/Aerial Yoga

23410 Civic Center Way, Suite E3, Malibu, CA 90265


[email protected]


Art Yoga Studio

Yoga/Aerial Yoga

24411 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505



Acro Yoga

Black Dog Yoga

Yoga and AcroYoga

4454 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(818) 380-0331


Laughing Frog Yoga

Yoga and AcroYoga

11870 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90025

(818) 434-6705

Circus Skills

Cirque School LA

Aerial conditioning and Aerial Hoop/Tissu/Circeau/Trapeze

Flexibility and Contortion/Hand Balancing/Juggling

5640 1/2 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


[email protected]


Richie Gaona’s Flying Trapeze

Flying Trapeze, Static and Bungee Trapeze, Trampoline

5702 Lubao Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

(818) 710-8191


JJ Gym Private Training Gym

Circus and Aerial arts, Contortion, AcroYoga

6232 Mary Ellen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91401
(818) 321-4567

Pole and Aerial

Domestic Goddess Studio

Pole Fitness, Yoga, and Aerial Hoop/Silks

28752 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills, CA 91301


[email protected]


Choreography House

Pole and Dance

11136 Chandler Blvd, Suite 253, North Hollywood, CA 91601

(818) 854-0922



Pole and Aerial Hoop/Hammock

11638 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
(818) 509-6743

Pole Moves

Pole and Aerial

6220 West 87th St, Westchester, CA 90045

(866) 765-3668

Home Use Equipment and Online Instruction

FlyGym Aerial Fitness


[email protected]


The Mighty Body Band


[email protected]



(888) 99-OMGYM

[email protected]


E-Line Slackline