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AWYROL – aerial work

Please note this is a temporary page – full website coming soon! Updates about aerial yoga classes are posted on the Awyrol Facebook page and aerial circus classes on the Syrcas Byd Bychan Facebook page.

photo credit – Heather Birnie

Alongside my performance-making and academic work, for the past decade I’ve worked as a freelance aerial performer for companies including Full Tilt aerial theatre, Blue Eyed Soul dance company and, most frequently, the inclusive (disabled/nondisabled) company Everybody Dance. I now teach aerial circus (corde lisse and sling) on the Syrcas Byd Bychan programme at Small World Theatre in Cardigan.

In 2018 I qualified as an AeroZen aerial yoga teacher with AeroZen founder Amy Linda Miller at the Zen Body yoga studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Awyrol is the name I’ve given to my AeroZen teaching practice in Mid-Wales

awyrol

[awyr+-ol]

Yn perthyn i’r awyr, yn yr awyr, o’r awyr, wybrennol, atmosfferig; uchel (yn yr awyr), dyrchafedig; yn perthyn i aer, tebyg i aer, hefyd yn ffig. etheraidd; ac ynddo ddigon o awyr iach, wedi ei awyru’n dda; wedi ei gyfansoddi o aer (yn ôl ffiseg a ffisioleg yr Oesoedd Canol):

aerial, celestial, atmospheric; lofty, elevated; pertaining to, or like, air, airy, also fig.ethereal; airy, well-ventilated; airy (according to the physics and physiology of the Middle Ages).

photo credit: Sam Vicary

About aerial yoga
Aerial yoga uses a loop of aerial silk – also called a yoga hammock or swing – to reimagine or refine traditional yoga postures, whilst also drawing from aerial circus technique and vocabulary. AeroZen classes generally take the form of movement series, working with breath through different sequences of postures.

AeroZen Fly classes use the hammock rigged at hip height, allowing for a whole range of postures from gentle through deep stretching to acrobatic movement. AeroZen Float classes use the hammock rigged at knee height or lower with the focus on release, gentle mobilisation and deep relaxation.

Aerial yoga has multiple benefits for mind and body:

  • allowing deep passive stretching by working with gravity, offering greater release with minimal tension and reduced joint strain;
  • increasing core and upper body strength;
  • encouraging neutral alignment, creating space in the body and decompressing the spine;
  • helping to build confidence, conquer fears, encourage curiosity and deepen relaxation.

AeroZen is intended to be an inclusive practice, offering modifications or alternative postures so that each individual can work at their own level and support their body’s unique needs. You don’t need to be a yogi – and you definitely don’t need to be an aerialist! – to enjoy AeroZen.

Group classes
I teach monthly classes on Sundays (10.30-12 and 12-1.30) at Studio 17 in Whitland. Booking is through Angharad James via her FLOW Fitness Facebook page. I also teach one-off workshops and tasters. Former clients and venues include National Trust Stackpole Centre, Arts Care Gofal Celf D19 festivals (Ffwrnes Theatre Llanelli, Torch Theatre Milford Haven) and Gwanwyn festival.

I’m always happy to hear from venues across rural Ceredigion and Powys who would like to host one-off or regular workshops. Please do get in touch if you would like me to come and assess the suitability of your space for safely rigging the hammocks. I can teach classes of up to 10 participants. Tasters can be as short as 40 minutes and longer workshop-style sessions up to 2 hours.

One-to-one sessions
I also teach one-to-one classes in Aberystwyth. Please do get in touch if you’d like to book a session specifically tailored to your individual needs or interests. I can offer a general introduction to the practice, focus on developing specific skills or simply building your confidence in movement.

Contact
Please email me or call 07949 474155 to book a one-to-one session, to enquire about a workshop or regular class in your area. I can also answer any questions you may have about the practice.

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