Oom-nipresent options for yoga in SETX

Desiree McPhillips, left, joins in yoga on the beach at Sea Rim State Park

If you’re looking for a way to work off excess holiday calories, aerial yoga might be your thing.

Jillian Fertig started teaching classes at Ternion Athletics in Nederland for those who’ve always wanted to cross Cirque du Soleil stardom off their bucketlist.

Fertig herself only started taking classes at an aerial gym in El Paso about two years ago.

“I had never done it before in my life,” she said. “It’s a different way to build strength.”

“It’s not as hard as it looks,” her workout partner LaTridia Byrd added, balancing several feet in the air.

“It’s kind of uncomfortable at first because the fabric is really tight. For your invert, you’re not going to put it on your butt, but above, right here,” Fertig said, demonstrating how to wrap the silk for support.

“You can do a lot of really cool stretches or suspension,” she added.

When she relocated to Southeast Texas for her new job, she said the closest aerial silks classes she could find online were in Houston.

She noticed Ternion’s high ceilings while looking for a gym and asked the owner if she could bring her silks and hoops. Others working out noticed and the owner asked Fertig if she’d like to teach classes...

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Eleanor Skelton can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 222, or by e-mail at eleanor [at] theexaminer [dot] com.