Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s been a busy semester in the Kudzu studio. So busy that I haven’t posted what has been going online. Kid Circus classes have been going strong for the past few months, but we are going to take a break for Thanksgiving week (all classes from Monday the 19th - Saturday the 24th and the Sunday 11:30 am class).


If you are ever in doubt if we are having a class, all our classes are on the Soul Shine Fairhope app or Mindbody (through Soul Shine Yoga) or you can send us an email to kudzu@kudzuaerial.com or message us through our Facebook page.


Since we are about to enter into the very busy holiday season, I hope you can take time out to be mindful and present and take care of yourself. If you are looking for some new self-care tools for your tool-belt, check out some of the offerings through The Blue Sky Collective.


If you haven’t heard of Blue Sky yet, it’s the collective that now shares the 265 space and Soul Shine Yoga. It’s wonderful to have so many wonderful new people and events in the space. There will be more to come after the holiday season, so make sure you are subscribed to our emails to get the information needed.

If I don’t see you in the studio before the 19th, I hope you have a wonderful and fun Thanksgiving holiday.

See you in the Vines.

-Megrez

On Beginner's Luck and How to Make the Most Out of Your Aerial Class

“It's called the principle of favorability, beginner's luck.
Because life wants to achieve your destiny.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When I reread this classic book recently, this quote reminded me of how I felt when I discovered aerial. I was struck by a bit of beginner’s luck when asked to perform in a show after taking one class. That opportunity took me down an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole of Underground Circus, Sideshow, working corporate gigs (for companies like ALFA and Google) and creating a lot of crazy memories along the way.

What I began to understand was the incredible depths of circus culture and how unique the history was. As my training progressed, I began to hone my focus to what it is today: using aerial to help empower myself and my students to have a healthy and pain-free body.

So many of my lessons have come from teaching others. Teaching allows me to see how aerial can impact lives in countless and indescribable ways (which is kinda inconvenient when you’re communicating through newsletters). I’ve had the opportunity to perform several times in a variety of amazing settings, but I have to say that my Beginner’s Luck of performance in aerial led me to my destiny of becoming a dedicated teacher of an art form that can change lives.

I would love to pass on my Beginner’s Luck to you by offering a few tips to make you feel like you’re starring in the Center Ring in your own show.

1. Your only expectation should be to to have a fun experience.
If you start thinking about the things you want to do (or are scared to do) you’ll create a list of expectations that could rob you of the fabulous feeling of being a rock star after your first class.

2. Don’t compare yourself to the people around you.
This has been said over and over and over again in so many settings, but I want to add my voice to this chorus. This is your experience, don’t rob yourself of your accomplishments by seeing where someone else is. Some of my students have been taking classes since we opened in 2015! Be inspired to see what is possible, but don’t worry that you won’t fit in….fitting in is boring any way.

3. Take photos at the end of class!
Trust me, you’ll want to do this for two reasons. First of all, you’ll save a lot of time showing people a photo of what you’ve done rather than try to describe it and secondly, you’ll want that for progress photos later on. Progress photos are some of my favorite ways to know how I’ve changed my relationship with my body through fabric.

4. Finally! Don’t expect to understand everything said the first class.
Hollow body, candlestick, pike, skin the cat are all common words and phrases in the studio, but the first time you hear all these words you might feel you’re taking a foreign language class (and don’t get me started on physics). You are encouraged to ask questions, and if you don’t feel comfortable asking questions in class, you can always reach out to me after class. 

Beginner’s Luck doesn’t mean you have to run away with the circus, it means you just need to keep going to find out what drives you.

If your motivation is to try something new, feel better in your body, and redefine the word “impossible” I hope you’ll join me in the studio this week.

If you’re feeling you have some beginner’s luck on your side or if you have a friend who thinks they are ready, come join me in the studio for a class or a session.

Yours in Flight,

Megrez


P.S. As always, if you have any questions regarding which classes you want to take, or you really want to come, but still aren’t sure if this is your journey, simply hit reply and ask me whatever is on your mind.

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Choreography Intensive

I've been wanting to teach a choreography workshop for years and I finally had the opportunity to teach it on Monday 3/27 from 3-6 pm. If you missed out on this workshop, I'm looking forward to doing another one this summer.

The first part of the workshop was Vine choreography and games that helped warm us up and have fun playing and exploring transitions and sequences. I was having so much fun teaching that I didn't get to take any photos.

The second part involved creating individual pieces on the silks that included movement quality, theming, and endurance. 

If you feel you missed out on a fun and fantastic workshop (it totally was), keep an eye out here, on our email newsletter or on our Facebook page.

If you want to begin your aerial journey, we are offering several drop-in classes throughout the week.

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What are you expecting?
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People enter the Kudzu studio all the time so they can see what they can do. Some have the expectation of flying high, while others simply want to know what it's like to hang upside down. 

What you expect when you come into the space is just as important (if not more important) than what you learn once you are in the classroom. 

If you walk in thinking that you are going to be in Cirque Du Soleil three weeks after starting your first class, I can't teach you anything that will match your expectations of circus stardom. 

If, however, you do come to class inspired, you are more than welcome to ask questions and see what is possible (who knows, maybe circus is in your future after all).


Your expectation might be to simply stay through a whole class without feeling like a total misfit. If this is your expectation, I can definitely help you. I strive to create a sense of belonging in circus for everyone who comes into my space.

Managing expectation is key to a healthy and fun class. Here's some things you can expect from one of my classes:

1. To take care of your physical and emotional safety by only working on movements you feel comfortable with (the inverse is that I will not teach you something that you think you are ready for, but are not).
2. To properly warm-up the body (and creating modifications for every level of fitness)
3. To create a space of comfort and relaxation (especially during savasana & meditation).
4. To feel a sense of accomplishment after class.
5. To have fun! 

Remember: even if you only attempted a move, I want you to feel that you are working on a pose that will not only make your body stronger, but it's connecting you to a deeper history of movement.

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If you are the kind of person who only likes to do things if they are perfect the first time, this is not for you.  No one gets it perfect the first time. Perfect isn't the goal.

The goal is to move freely and with stability. It doesn't matter what pose you focus on, each time you revisit a move, you are going to get something new out of it. The practice never gets boring, and in the process you will learn something new about yourself.

If you have questions about your own expectations (or even your personal objections for why you are hesitating flying), just send me an email here and I'd love to talk with you more. 

My passion is connecting people with flight so they can learn more about themselves. Aerial is a conduit for deep, personal introspection, healing, and growth; and I want to help facilitate that growth. 

No matter your expectation, I look forward to flying with you in the Vines.

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