I started practicing aerial arts for fun a few years ago. My decades of yoga almost prepared me for the challenge!
Strength and flexibility are important, and quickly gained as you practice. The biggest surprise for me was becoming fearless through the support of my new community. Circus folk are pretty awesome. Every small accomplishment is celebrated and a new goal is set. People who try aerial arts are NOT stagnant!
It's an understatement to say I felt accomplished the first time I climbed the silks to the ceiling 2 stories high...or was it 3?
Now I get to co-lead annual wellness retreats in Costa Rica with professional aerialists. The students range from beginner to professional track. Pura Vida Spa and Resort has one of the safest set ups I've seen so far in Central America. The great staff and fantastic food keep us coming back.
One of my favourite moments was when students set up an impromptu photo shoot outside. It was safely rigged and the result was beautiful.