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Many of you know Rebecca Perrick for her extensive work within the cannabis industry.  What you may not know is that she grew up as a competitive gymnast and now teaches aerial yoga here in Las Vegas.  She is an amazing teacher and really strives to make each class both fun and beneficial.  I recently […]

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Many of you know Rebecca Perrick for her extensive work within the cannabis industry.  What you may not know is that she grew up as a competitive gymnast and now teaches aerial yoga here in Las Vegas.  She is an amazing teacher and really strives to make each class both fun and beneficial.  I recently tried a class, loved it, and had to learn more about Rebecca and the practice of aerial yoga.

STEPHANIE SHEHAN: Hey Rebecca, great to see you again.  Are you originally from Vegas?

REBECCA PERRICK: I am originally from New York but moved to Las Vegas from Singer Island, Florida.  Eight years ago, I came to Vegas on a vacation with a group of friends.  While here, I was very impressed by the culture, innovation and opportunity of the burgeoning cannabis industry.  A few months later I made the move and have been here ever since.

SS: Oh wow, that’s quite the move in just a short time.  Tell me about your background.

RP: My background is in wellness and healthcare.  I grew up as a competitive gymnast and coach.  My sister advised me early on that I could actually teach through play as an Occupational Therapist so I went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Health Science and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.  I am also a board certified Occupational Therapist.

SS: What led you to aerial yoga?

RP: The many facets of my upbringing led me to aerial yoga.  From the therapeutic side, to the gymnastics side and also the wellness side, aerial yoga has been an amazing fit for me.  I started attending aerial yoga classes when I lived in New York.  I then taught aerial yoga in both New York and Florida before moving here.  Now I teach classes here locally.

SS:  I attended one of your classes and loved it!  When I Google aerial yoga, Wikipedia defines it as “a hybrid type of yoga combining traditional yoga poses, pilates, and dance with the use of a hammock.” Can you tell me about the benefits of this type of yoga?

RP: Aerial yoga provides opportunities for active, passive and assisted range of motion, stretching without exertion and nourishing your joints.  Just as swimming is great for your joints, aerial yoga can do the same, allowing you to move without gravity acting on your spine.  Suspending and inverting allows you to decompress your body and take pressure off your nerves.  Working with the hammock to perform various yoga poses replenishes your blood flow and assists with lymphatic drainage.  Plus, you’re swinging which is not only beneficial but also loads of fun.

SS:  The hammock-assisted stretching definitely felt good.  You offer what you refer to as a high class and a low class – can you explain the difference?  And, are all ages welcome at your classes?

RP: The low class is much more of a restorative, therapeutic class.  You stay low to the ground and utilize the hammock to assist with different poses.  This class is slower and less intimidating than the high class and is meant to give you a deep stretch with less exertion.  The high class will also give you a great stretch but it is more active and involves some gymnastics.  You’re spinning, twisting, flying and flipping.  This class demands more strength than the low class.  My classes are for all ages.

SS:  You also host a class once a month specifically for those in the cannabis industry – tell me about that event.

RP: The first Wednesday of each month we do a “Hammocks and Huni Badgers” event for the cannabis industry.  We do a high class and a low class the same evening and in between, my friends over at Huni Badger (which is right next to Shine) host a sesh with food and drinks for attendees.

SS: That’s awesome!  Do you also do private events?

RP: I do!  I have done classes for small groups, Bachelorette parties, one-on-one classes, birthday parties and more.

SS:  How can readers follow you and also find out when classes are held and how to attend them?

RP: Typically I announce classes on social media.  I am on Facebook under Rebecca Perrick and also on Instagram @rperrick.  Those interested can send me a message on either platform.

 

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