Flipping fitness upside down
Just two buildings down from T-Berry’s Diner, 505 Lincolnway in La Porte is home to a relatively new business called Go Aerial Fitness. Offering classes like aerial yoga for kids and adults, gentle yoga, body sculpt and more, Go Aerial Fitness has something for everyone.
Go Aerial Fitness was created by April Kelly, with the help of her husband and family. She discovered her love for fitness through Jazzercise in 2011 and became an instructor soon afterward. She completed her certification in aerial yoga in December 2015.
“I had been teaching fitness classes for five years and was looking for something different and fun when I came across aerial yoga! I easily found a training to attend and went for it! I love that it is so much fun that you totally forget that you are working out,” Kelly said.
Aerial yoga is a combinational form of yoga that incorporates traditional yoga poses with aerial arts using a yoga swing, or silk fabric. Classes last about 60 minutes. Go Aerial Fitness also teaches regular yoga classes such as Beginner Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Go Restorative, Inner Heat Hatha, and Power Yoga.
“We are very different from other businesses since we offer aerial arts, there is a big element of safety in rigging equipment to be strong enough to support swinging. We are focused on wellness through yoga and mindful movement. Another thing that makes us different is our babysitting for moms who want to come to yoga,” Kelly said.
Before 505 Lincolnway held Go Aerial Fitness, the building used to be a bar and pizza restaurant that had been sitting vacant for around nine years.
“We could write an entire story about the crazy mess we stayed with! There was no electricity or water lines that could be used so we had to replace it all. My husband and my dad know a lot about construction so that was a big help. Also I worked with the city of LaPorte and the Urban Enterprise Association to get a couple of grants to help with the renovation costs. I was so happy to be able to take a piece of our downtown which could be so beautiful and to start to bring it back to life,” Kelly said.
Support a local business by stopping by, taking an aerial yoga class, and hanging out for a while, maybe even upside down!