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,
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.