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AWYROL – aerial yoga

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).

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Alongside my performance-making and academic work, for the past decade I’ve also worked as a freelance aerial performer for Full Tilt aerial theatre, Blue Eyed Soul dance company and, most frequently, the inclusive company Everybody Dance.

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’m giving to my AeroZen teaching practice in Mid-Wales.

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. The AeroZen technique is a flow-based yoga: classes generally take the form of movement series, working with breath through different sequences of postures. The hammock is rigged with the base of the loop between knee and hip height, allowing us to move through grounded poses (most of the body in contact with the floor) to flying, inverted and floating postures (the whole body supported by the fabric).

Aerial yoga has multiple benefits for mind and body:

  • allowing deeper/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.

Classes, workshops & one-to-one sessions
I offer one-to-one aerial yoga sessions at my home in Aberystwyth and will begin teaching classes at Small World Theatre, Cardigan in Sept 2018 (Thursdays 3.30-5, 5-6.30). I will also be looking for venues to teach classes and workshops across Ceredigion and Powys; wherever it’s possible to rig the hammocks and fly!

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 or with any questions you may have about the practice. Ideally, venues for aerial yoga need to be warm, clean with a good floor and – most importantly – with exposed beams or RSJs (I beams) around which it’s possible to loop a sling/strop from which to rig the hammocks. If you know of such a venue in your area, I can come and investigate!

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