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We are are very sorry about the things that have made you uncomfortable.
One thing to note, which I personally always explain to my Aerial Yoga newbies, is that the Aerial practice, even for very long-time yogis, triggers acupressure points which no other yoga practice works. And, yes, there is a lot of inversion. As a result many folks for the first 2 or 3 classes are surprised by nausea in the midst of their session.
This is a result from the acupressure work doing some very valuable cleansing.
After a few classes it stops happening, and the practice feels love and fun throughout. This happened to me personally as I started the Aerial practice, and I am a very long time, very regular yoga practitioner. However, I loved what the Aerial practice did and what it offers. I know of several people who have experienced the same as you and I did. This really is normal, and totally stops after just a few classes.
So you might try some more Aerial Yoga classes... if you enjoyed it, except for the getting nauseous.
The closing which we use at all of our classes is certainly a "spiritual" practice, and our classes are designed to be meditative. The actual "prayer" [the English is: "Lead us from unreal to real; lead us from darkness to the light; lead us from the fear of death to knowledge of immortality"] and the rest of the class closing only takes a total of about 1 and a half to 2 minutes total at the very end of the class.
Though you have not had this experience at the other yoga classes you have taken, it is a totally common part of the yoga practices, and has been consistently part of it since yoga practices and classes began.
Yoga is truly an ancient science developed with the intent of bringing people to "yoga"/ union. This is the union of our individual, mortal, limited ego-centered sense of self with the immortal, eternal, limitless Self of all. Everyone experiences this at times... being in the zone, in the flow, in the now. Yoga is a science to help us come to that place more often and remain there more and more until we actually live with that wonderful sense of being. It is not a religion, but is certainly supportive of anyone's religious inclinations. And even for those who are more comfortable with no sense of
"religion", they, too, still have this same experience of fullness and bliss which comes from slipping into the zone. And yoga makes that easier for them, too.
It is true that our classes are not designed, nor intended to be "exercise." Of course, the body does work and tone up nicely. You might try some classes with our other Aerial instructors, and find that their classes will give you some more challenging physical work. I try to make sure that happens for people in my classes. Your class had a sub who is the least experienced in leading the Aerial class. So you may want to try a few more... but they will all have a similar closing, I expect.
Your 10 classes can be applied toward any of our classes, not just the Aerial. You might like Margaret's Integral Vinyasa Flow, or Ryan's or mine. You will find these a bit more physically engaging, but not aerobic exercise.
If you do want a refund we will gladly refund your balance. Just let us know. We hope you will give us another try, understanding what the yoga is for, and enjoy the whole experience your next time.