How I Met My Mermaid Squad

I seek to inspire. Each day I want to encourage someone to try something new, to step outside of his or her comfort zone. The benefits are amazing and the risk usually minimal. It's just our fear we must overcome. 

Well let me set the scene, because I surprised myself on this one. 

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Hang Out Yoga with Erika Bennett

Article by ValdostaToday.com

For Erika Bennett, Owner and Instructor of Hang Out Yoga, LLC., her passion for aerial yoga elevated after taking a class in Tampa, Florida.

“I needed more aerial yoga in my life and knew others in our area would enjoy it just as much as I did. So after a lot of behind the scenes work
and research, Hang Out Yoga was born,” says Erika.

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Self Talk.

Most of my clients know that aside from being an aerial yoga instructor, I play many other roles. I work full time as a public relations and communications specialist at a large organization, and I'm a wife, and mother of two boys. 

So my typical week day looks like this....

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Weight Limits.

Weight. Even the word is heavy. It holds countless connotations, impacting each person differently.

Some people may see the word and think of a struggle. Maybe a lifelong journey of trying to lose or maintain a certain weight. Others might look at it as an obstacle that’s holding them back from getting what they want in life or just a perceived heaviness.

Being the first aerial yoga instructor in my area, I get asked a lot of questions. Aside from the number one question of, “Am I going to fall out of this thing?” is the next question of, “What is the weight limit?” Followed by, “I never see pictures of bigger women online.”

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Support

An aerial yoga hammock provides support. It's a prop, like a strap or block, intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefit of spinal decompression.

As humans we need support, specifically the support of others. Elder M. Russel Ballard said, "Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause."

I've always been one to try to do everything on my own. But that's just not possible when it comes to opening a business. I needed support.

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Opening Doors

When one door closes, another opens... all you have to do is walk in. 

I walked into this journey with no expectations, just a little faith. That faith has made me acutely aware of divine intervention, which in this case has played out like the butterfly effect.

It just takes one action. One decision to do something different. Setting in motion situations and more decisions as you proceed along your path.

There are a few concepts I've really tried to embrace lately and I'll share them below.

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The feels

I began this aerial yoga journey by taking a class. One class and I fell in love… because it made me feel good.

Maya Angelou said it best, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This post is all about the feels.

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Aerial yoga & God

I recently opened an aerial yoga studio. I begin each class by introducing students to their partner. Their partner is a piece of silk, a piece of fabric, some call it a sling or a hammock. Whatever you call it, its purpose remains the same: to support, to lift, to carry, to hold, to stretch.

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