Trilogy aerial yoga teacher training teacher, Brittany Johnson, shares how she found aerial and how it has changed her life...
I met Aerial about 8 years ago. Aerial didn't even know I existed, but I knew Aerial did. We certainly had things in common, but I never thought we would develop such a long lasting relationship.
Aerial has hurt, belittled, humbled and insulted me, but also, inspired, fulfilled and encouraged me. But our relationship isn't as crazy as it sounds. Aerial is a metaphor for my life.
My life was ready for something new when Aerial and I first met. I was ready to dedicate time and work into accomplishing ONE THING: to get a photo of myself doing the splits in the air. Could I do the splits? No. Could I do a pull up? No. Did I have an excellent camera? No. But ALL of these things were possible.
It started with classes, then meeting friends, then training with my new friends. Over time, Aerial began to give me bigger ideas and dreams.
The goal of doing the splits in the air was still the number one priority, but what was happening was self-discovery. Self-expression and therapy in the air. I loved the challenge of balancing strength and grace while silently moving to my story. I was able to release energy I didn't even know I had. And along the way, I gained the opportunity to perform and travel... AND get amazing pictures of me doing the splits in the air:-)
A few years later, the conversation I was having in the air started to fade. The soul of Aerial and I became silent, and it made me question more than my craft. It was time to evolve.
Aerial didn't leave my life, we simply took a break so we could keep each other healthy. During my break, I started to find the more therapeutic side of using a hammock and quickly found Aerial Yoga. After a yoga certification and finding a safe place to train, the path naturally formed. I found expression, physical therapy and peace of mind AT THE SAME TIME using Aerial Yoga techniques! It has been rewarding to combine all the knowledge I've absorbed over these last 8 years.
Aerial and I started a new version of ourselves, and I was able to dedicate time with new friends Hannahsita and Leila. Together we dedicated time, knowledge, sweat and some secrets to create an Aerial Yoga manual we all believed in.
I'm thankful to Trilogy Sanctuary for encouraging and hosting my relationship with Aerial.