Open Minds Fusion Studio offers workouts in the air

Angela Higgins, co-founder of Open Minds Fusion Studio off Lake Street.

At Open Minds Fusion Studio, open for a year at 515 W. Lake St., an aerial hoop and silks hang from rigging on the ceiling.

People can try aerial acrobatics, Buti Yoga or contortion movements at the gym.

img“You don’t have to be strong to try it. You build it up,” said co-owner Angela Higgins, a roller figure skater and former machinist. “I couldn’t do a single pull-up when I started doing this stuff.”

Higgins said she’s quit smoking and drinking, and she’s interested in offering classes to others recovering from addiction.

“I can get higher by doing this stuff, literally and figuratively,” she said.

Open Minds extCo-owner Koreen Valdovinos’ background includes marketing work at First Avenue, assisting a professional dominatrix and marketing for a colonoscopy software company.

Open Minds offers classes in acroyoga conditioning, yoga focusing on inversions and arm balances, SomaSunsa Nude yoga (a co-ed naked class), and dark yoga (practiced in a dark room with “dark” music, ranging from metal to drone to classical).