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.

I began to research and develop my business plan to open an aerial yoga studio. Because hey, it made me feel good and I wanted more. During the process there was a lot I needed to project. Project the cost of the equipment. Project the number of people who might attend classes. Project how much time it would take to train. The list literally goes on and on.

But there was one thing I couldn’t and didn’t anticipate. That was the way the interactions with my clients would make me feel. There are no words to describe it and it’s honestly hard to wrap my mind around it, simply because my clients are amazing. Every person who enters my door is unique.

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They are different and special in their own right, but there is always one characteristic they all have in common. That’s courage. Courage to try something new. Courage to step outside of their comfort zone. Courage to trust me to tell them how to hang by a piece of fabric with no hands. (Yikes. They are brave.)

And I am so humbled. So humbled they entrust me. I mean who am I? Just a girl with a silly dream, and that dream is unfolding.

Some clients arrive early and I am able to connect with them as I learn more about them. Then there are others who I barely get to converse with during the session, but connect with later.

For instance, I’ll never forget one client (I'll call her Amanda). As soon as Amanda turned upside down into ‘Baby in a Cradle’ pose, she giggled. And I mean giggled. It was as if her tickle box got turned upside down, which I suppose it did. I remember thinking, man what is this chick on because whatever it is, I want some of it. {I don't do drugs, but just so you get the point.}

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It was about 15 minutes after the class that I received a text from Amanda. It read, “Thank you so much! I have been struggling with the recent loss of a baby, and today I laughed, really laughed, for the first time in months. I’m so thankful I came to your class.”

As someone who has also experienced a miscarriage, my heart sunk as the feelings of grief overcame me. I knew that pain all too well. But then my mind flashed back to the giggly woman hanging upside down in my studio. I was awestruck. She’s thankful she came to my class? What? I’M THANKFUL she came to my class.

And looking back, how ironic is it that the pose in which she laughed the most was called Baby in a Cradle? I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

Then there was a teen who flew through all the poses with ease and grace. Her mom watched wide-eyed and kept saying she couldn’t believe her eyes. I thought that was odd. I mean she was a fit, limber teen. I wasn’t surprised she was good at aerial yoga.

Then the daughter showed me her arm, the scars said it all. Her arm had almost been severed in a ATV accident nearly a year prior. She was undergoing physical therapy but had reached a plateau. However, in the silks she was able to attain increased range of motion. They were both elated and so was I.

The joy my clients bring me is overwhelming and I am grateful and incredibly blessed by each of you.

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Don't underestimate the impact you have on others that often goes unnoticed. Today, strive to exude gratitude for the precious life you've been given. 

Thank you for 'hanging out' with me.

Erika Bennett