Yoga Trapeze Olympia
Strength, Flexibility & Spinal Health

FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.



BENEFITS OF PRACTICE

INTRODUCING… The Yoga Trapeze, the world’s #1 inversion yoga sling used by over 100,000 students in 81 countries and counting. While many of the yoga poses we do on the Yoga Trapeze look very similar to their mat-based counterparts, the dynamics are very unique. The Yoga Trapeze demands a great deal of upper body and core strength even with the most basic of movements such as getting in and out of the sling. It adds in the missing “pull” motion lacking in mat-based classes.

Top Benefits Experienced in Class:

  • Spinal Traction: relieve back pain by naturally “hanging” upside down from your hips

  • Core Strength: build functional core strength naturally in dozens of dynamic and fun postures

  • Builds Grip Strength / Upper Body Strength: take care of your hands, wrist, elbows and shoulders through safe and challenging strength postures

  • Flexibility: practice deep, passive backbends, splits, and hip openers in ways otherwise impossible to do on the mat.

  • Posterior Chain Strength: your spine is largely supported by the muscles along the backside of your body, and using the Yoga Trapeze you can strengthen and balance these muscles


THE STORY OF THE YOGA TRAPEZE

Inversion devices in various forms have been used in yoga studios for decades so the exact origins of this practice are unclear and are rarely agreed upon. While there were surely yogis hanging upside down from ropes hanging from trees thousands of years ago, most people credit the late yoga master, BKS Iyengar, with popularizing and systematizing the practice.

In this studio in Pune, India, Iyengar introduced his yoga students (who came from all over the world) to all many different yoga props that have now become common including: blocks, straps, ropes, yoga chairs, and improvised yoga inversion slings.

Iyengar himself appears in some of the earliest photos documenting inversion sling yoga practice. In the old photos, he uses a thick rope and stack of rolled up mats to practice passive backbends in his yoga studio.

YOGABODY founder, Lucas Rockwood, first discovered inverted slings in 2004 while living in Thailand. Frustrated by the design and durability of early models, Lucas spent three years in development and eventually created a studio-quality device now known as, The Yoga Trapeze. It’s used in 81 countries in homes, studios, and fitness centers around the world.

While modern yoga props have improved in quality and comfort for inversion sling yoga, the fundamental concept is the same. These simple devices allow you to practice new and different poses in ways that can transform your practice, and in particular, your spinal health, core and upper body strength.

While many forms of physical fitness or athletics can create massive imbalances in the body, a traditional yoga practice does an excellent job of creating balance and overall health including: muscle strength, mobility, cardiovascular health, respiratory health, circulation, and general fitness. It’s difficult to fault yoga as a form of exercise, but the one thing that is clearly missing and very difficult to create in a mat-based class is the functional movement of pulling or rowing.

Functional strength must include pushing, holding, and pulling. Yoga offers thousands of opportunities for both pushing and holding, but without lifting heavy things (like your body weight or a dumb bell), pulling is missing. As a result, many yoga students have poor grip strength, weak wrists and shoulders. It’s not uncommon for yoga students to suffer from wrist, shoulder, and upper back and neck pain, and it’s most-often due to undeveloped strength rather than poor alignment as is often cited as the cause.

So what does this have to do with the Yoga Trapeze? Everything. Most students initially get interested in the Yoga Trapeze for the spinal traction and passive backbends, but very quickly they learn that the functional pulling and grip strength is equally (if not more) valuable and truly “completes” yoga as a comprehensive fitness modality. A yoga practice that integrates the Yoga Trapeze, even if just once or twice per week, can include pushing, pulling, holding, twists, backbends, forward bends, hip opening and so much more. You can work your shoulders, calm your nerves, and leave class floating on air.


YOUR TEACHER: Lori Capra

Lori completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 with Great Heart Yoga in Olympia Wa. In 2016, she complemented her certification with Yoga Trapeze Teacher Training with Yogabody in Barcelona Spain. After her initial training, Lori began teaching in a small studio in partnership with a Massage Therapy Center. And within one week of completing Yoga Trapeze teacher training the studio mounted hooks so she could start offering Trapeze right away.

Lori now teaches in four different venues in two different counties, holding over 16 public & private traditional & Yoga trapeze sessions per week. She is holding classes 2x per week a local middle school and at the local Intercity Transit office 2x per month. Many of her students have been beginners & she is inspired to make yoga and yoga trapeze accessible to any one who wants to try.

In the warmer weather Lori teaches Stand Up Paddle yoga lessons as well. At age of 19 Lori began her own yoga practice. At that same time she began her carpentry career. After over 30 years of each she has managed to keep her self flexible, strong and healthy, mitigating many of the typical construction injuries.

Lori is the mother of twins who are equally drawn to yoga. She considers them her Yin Yang twins. Lori brings a wealth of experience, compassion, and knowledge to her students. She would say that the most important aspect of her work is to inspire her students to be conscious in their body, connected to their breathing, & to have compassion for themselves. Simple tools for a fun, energized, healthy life.


CLASS RATES

Private individual (or small group) classes are usually held at your home, office or another organized practice area. Private practice is recommended a minimum of once per week, though some students prefer to practice 2-3x’s per week which is even better if you’re able to commit to that. Together, we’ll work specifically on your health goals using the best yoga practices to serve you. This is highly individualized and is designed to help you get the most benefits in the least amount of time possible.

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FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.