Monday, January 25, 2016

Exciting Learning Opportunities for You and Me!

Exciting announcements!!

Starting February 4th, I'll be teaching Aerial Silks 101 every Thursday 9-10pm at Om Factory!

I'm so excited to bring my unique yoga-influenced approach to teaching aerial arts. Aerial silks are a tough skill to learn, with a challenging learning curve. Many new students (myself included) spend weeks dealing with muscle soreness that will make you think you must have gotten hit by a truck and forgotten about it; tying ourselves in knots attempting simple wraps, and needing rescued; finding our brains and our bodies at war when we try something that makes sense and seems safe when we observe it...but that our bodies simply refuse to do just yet.

There's no getting around that frustration and discomfort is part of the deal.

BUT, starting with 101 classes is a great way to minimize those challenges! My students will learn silks from the ground up, building proper technique into their muscle memory that will serve them for a lifetime.

And when those inevitable frustrating, tough, even painful moments come up? I'll be close by with emotional support, and a reminder that things ARE happening, even if it doesn't seem like they are, and to hearken back to our last post, focusing on your results will only leave you unhappy. Focus on your work, and know that all things are coming with practice.

My students will get stronger safely, and in time, they'll move on to level 1 silks classes, where they can begin to build their silks vocabulary on top of a strong foundation of clean technique, and a solid understanding of how to work with the fabric instead of against it.

As someone who started by silks career in open level classes, I can tell you that that kind of foundation is worth its weight in gold. Whether you're just looking for a fun way to get in some weight training exercise, a few good instagram photos, a fun hobby, or an incredible career, you'll get farther faster, and you'll avoid injury by investing this time in the basics.

AND, another exciting announcement:

I'm attending a DONA-approved Doula training workshop!

What's a doula?? Well, the easiest thing would be to read their position paper on birth doulas. The first couple paragraphs will answer all your questions. But to put my own spin on it, let me add this:

Giving birth is an intense physical and emotional experience. There's no getting around that frustration and discomfort is part of the deal.

BUT, working with a doula, a labor support specialist, can help to minimize those challenges! Doula clients learn coping techniques from a trained professional, building proper technique into their muscle memory that will serve them in labor, and beyond.

And when those inevitable frustrating, tough, even painful moments come up? Their doula will be close by with emotional support, and a reminder that things ARE happening, even if it doesn't seem like they are, and to keep the client on track with the birth they wanted, working with the medical team to provide emotional support while they keep mother and baby safe.

Sound familiar? I did some paraphrasing, but I started with a straight copy/paste of my description of my aerial silks 101 classes. When you're trying to do something hard, whether that's learning aerial arts, or giving birth, having someone there to hold the space for you to do more than you dreamed possible can make all the difference in the world.

So does this mean I'm going to be a birth doula?? Well, that's a long process. There are plenty of challenges for me to get through, and a lot of questions I have to answer first. I'm not concerned about those fruits of my actions at this time, and neither should you! I'm incredibly excited to devote my time and energy to learning about a process that has fascinated me my entire life (in spite of my complete lack of a desire to participate in it myself), no matter what comes of it.

I just know that ever since I learned what doulas were, I was fascinated by the idea of doing that work myself, and when the trigger came for me to start seriously looking into doing my training, the pieces fell into place remarkably quickly and easily. Could birth work be my calling? It seems like a funny bedfellow with aerialist, but then, I've never let that stop my before. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I hope to see you February 4th, or another Thursday 9-10pm in the near future, at Om Factory Union Square. I encourage you to sign up in advance to reserve your spot at www.omfactorynyc.com

Live Omily,
~em

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