This past weekend I had the opportunity to host an aerial yoga teacher training (AYTT) for 6 amazing women up in the small town of Clare, Michigan. I traveled from warm 70 degree ocean breezes in FL to about 0-10 degrees. The landscape was beautiful, covered in a fresh blanket of white snow. My host family/studio owners had a way of making me feel right at home as they shared theirs with me for the weekend. My plane arrived later than anticipated so we went direct to training and dove right in. I was greeted by these 6 beautiful souls who had come together to get me up there for their intensive weekend learning and practicing in the aerial hammocks. I got to listen to their stories, their intentions, their reasons for showing up, and I shared my journey to aerial yoga for personal healing with them. It was deep and we were just beginning.
We practiced, learned, laughed, and loved it all. I heard no complaints from this crew… these were strong women that remained open to all I had to offer through the weekend, despite their aches and pains, bruises and mishaps. One of the beautiful aspects of this practice is that we get to learn about support. We get to be supported by the hammock from all different angles, many of them new. We practice both being supported, and how we can best support each other.
We get to detoxify intensely, letting go of much. No one comes out of AYTT unchanged, not even me. The fabric heals as it pushes in on all of these areas on the body. Where we are supported is also where we are physically getting cleaned out. Sluggish lymphatic fluid starts flowing, from under the arms, across the shoulders, even in the groin where the supportive legs meet the torso during such postures like flying dragon. We stretch and strengthen, flip upside down and build new brain pathways as all of our energy channels are cleared. Until there is nothing left but you and your relationship with this fabric hanging from above. How you’re being about it is all you. All your shit, mentally and physically, will come up, and gratefully be recognized and cleared quickly. Aerial yoga is also a way to reconnect with my inner child instantly while floating and playing in the rainbow of beautiful swings. It all happens in an aerial yoga practice.
I had a million reasons to say no. All the thoughts of things like dangerous winter travel, never-ending pandemic variables, lingering fear of getting on an airplane, uncertainty of where I was headed, taking the time away from my husband and boys, delaying restarting the kids yoga programs at the schools, and the list can go on and on and on of why to say no. However, I do my best to have a practice of saying yes. It’s why I am who I am today. Yes. It’s powerful and it’s a high vibration to operate in yes mode. I’m grateful I did. All of those thoughts plus many more not listed above… I got to work through all of them in one single weekend. All of the no’s got healed by the one “yes”.
Thank you wholeheartedly to my hosts, Kim & Jeff for the invitation and letting me stay with them in their beautiful home, and for feeding me, chauffeuring me and making sure I had everything I needed to have a comfortable stay. Thank you to the flying aerial yogi goddesses Autumn, Brianna, Heidi, Jackie, Tonya, and Wendy that took that intensive journey with me that weekend. I am looking forward to taking each of your aerial yoga classes and feel you will all be very successful in your personal expressions of this practice.
Flipping the perspective is another great benefit of the aerial yoga practice. The simple position of being inverted with your heart above your head benefits your body by decreasing cortisol, normalizing hormones, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, and detoxing down to a cellular level all the no’s you happen to be unknowingly carrying with you at any given time. We discover we can be in many postures or asanas, that we may not have thought possible, with support. The list goes on and is a major part of my personal path of healing.
If you are still reading, thank you for your attention and focus. If you’re looking for more, I will be offering this program again, this time at my home studio of Kula Yoga 3/4,5,6. It’s over a long weekend so it will hopefully be accessible to anyone wanting to join whether you live near or far. There are online materials to go with the training so you can also practice at home or your studio with supplemental aerial yoga classes and workshop videos. To sign up, go to www.mykulayoga.com.
The investment for this Aerial Yoga Teacher Training is $333. This is a transformational training which is why the cost is what it is. If you study numbers, 3 numerology is about creative expressions, it represents joy and is a social number. 33 is a transformational number regarding growth and abundance. 333 is divine, direct from angels that protect, and a reminder that we are always supported. If that appeals to you at all, come discover all the ways we can be supported, with the use of these beautiful, locally, personally handmade hammocks. It is my honor, joy, and privilege to share any and all of these teachings with you.
I will end with: Lokah Somasta Sukhino Bhavantu = May all being everywhere be happy and free. May my own thoughts, words, and actions contribute to that happiness of all.
With much gratitude,