Monday, July 28, 2014

The Omily Tarot: Taking a Break Might Break Your Stride...or Lead to a Breakthrough

Oh my, these hot Summer days! Aside from eagerly anticipating the arrival of watermelon in the Farmers' Markets, a great way to cope is take it a little easy...and what better way to take it easy than to take your tarot deck to a shady spot?? Keep clear of high winds and water, of course, but in general, your tarot can travel with you while you take advantage of outdoor-friendly weather. Tarot under the stars on a camping trip? Yes, definitely. Tarot by candlelight in a creaky rental house? Absolutely! Tarot to liven up a hotel room? Thank goodness, something to do besides watch tv!

Tarot can also be a great way to meet new people on your summer travels (see my favourite type of tarot reading: the off the cuff in a bar kind!)

I just spent a whole week on my (second or third) favourite island in the whole world with some of my favourite people in the whole wide world...I thought for sure the tarot cards would be flying, but no luck. Not that I have any complaints! A week of riding bikes to the beach, shopping, and fabulous seafood is my kind of week, even if it was tarot and virtually circus-free! (I did manage to get family into some acro stunts and to spot me in some handstand work...not as much as I should have, but, ah well... :-)

I think there's a lesson in there tarot and otherwise: in spite of your best intentions, you aren't always going to do all the practicing/studying/instert your discipline required activity here, and sometimes that means you need to find a new activity, and sometimes that means you need to find a new method of self discipline...but sometimes it just means you can take a little break and it won't hurt anybody. Simple as that. Sometimes a break is exactly what you need to come back to the activity in mind fresher, stronger, and ready for some serious breakthroughs.

Hope that's the case for me! Wish me luck come Wednesday...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Aerial Omily: Sharing My Wings

On the 29th, I wrapped up my Performance Intensive at the Muse with a playful performance with lots of new friends. I had a great time learning new choreography, and a new spin on familiar choreography, and getting my feet wet with acro balancing and hand standing with Madeline Hoak and Kelsey Strauch. They're both fantastic teachers, and lots of fun to work with!

Getting into July, I've pulled out my most recent aerial piece to polish it up for another performance. I had such lofty ideas about what I wanted to convey last time, but in the video, it wasn't coming across. This time around, I'm taking a cue from Madeline and simplifying what I'm trying to convey a little, and the results are...funny! I mean, not cats stealing dogs' beds funny, but, you know, a little chuckly-worthy. I haven't performed a funny piece before, and it's on my list of things I want to explore, so I'm excited to pursue this and see what comes of it.

And then, today, I got to do something really fun! Megan Hornaday is teaching a series of silks classes at Om Factory, and she had me assist her. I got to work with a beginner silks student on basic climbs, figure-eight foot lock, and inversion conditioning. Megan is a terrific teacher, and her brief explanation of the basic climb, coupled with this student's natural ability, got her climbing up well over my head without me needing to do much at all, so I can't take much credit for that, but I did assist her with proper form during the conditioning moves, and I taught her the figure-eight foot lock. We covered putting it on, and taking it off on the ground, taking it off in the air, and of course finding a fabulous pose in between. She looked fantastic, and I don't know who was more proud: my student or me!

I can't tell you how gratifying it was helping a fledgling find her way into the skies for the first time! I'm looking forward to continuing to assist Megan with her series at Om Factory, so if you've been looking for just the right opportunity to try your wings, trust me, this is it! Megan is an incredible aerialist, and a skilled, supportive teacher, and you'll get to take advantage of my yoga and aerial yoga backgrounds to get skilled and supported hands-on assists, and empathy for the challenges of being new to aerial. It's every Wednesday this month, from 3:30-4:30. Show up early to say hi, and warm up! You can sign up in advance online at

I hope I get to see you waving to me from up high soon!