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Aerial Silks

Alternative title:  I’m dangling upside down, the silks wrapped around my legs bearing the brunt of my weight, my arms relaxed, fingers grazing the mat and my brain – my dearest brain – is shrieking in sheer terror.

“What manner of witchcraft is this?!” It screams at me.

I start to hum a tune from ‘Labyrinth’ and put a spin on my silks.

“What the heck dude? I’ll be sick – I mean it! Don’t make me tell your stomach!” It hollers.

I clasp my hands together and smile as we twirl.

“Go to an exercise class you said, it’ll be fun you said, you never said we’d be suspended from the ceiling in an ex-pub by some crappy bits of fabric!” It huffs “This is like the time you said we were going for ice-cream and we ended up at the GP’s office!”

My brain and I have been at loggerheads recently, every little thing has caused an internal battle that even Gandalf the Grey wouldn’t want to undertake! … Though I wouldn’t mind seeing Gandalf attempt Aerial Silks, I think he’d love to give it a go don’t you?

As you’ve probably realised, I have an affinity for Aerial Arts, from the moment I achieved my first invert on a Pole to sitting comfortably in a Hoop, I have been hooked. It helps to create a synchronicity between body and mind (after the brain gets over the initial shock that is) that rivals even the most intense Yoga class.

The ecstasy that hits as you position yourself in such a way that you are relying solely on your own body and the silks to hold you, the beauty the shape generates, the confidence it exudes, the realisation that you can achieve much more than you believed you could…The awe you have for a body you have been hating on.

I grasp hold of the silks, untangle my legs and relax out of the move. Relishing the slight light-headedness as my feet hit the matt and my eyes adjust to being upright, not wanting to relinquish control to my fellow student.

Have to say there is something incredibly freeing about Aerial Arts …


Aerial Silks

Yup … Those are the actual Silks I fell off (that is a story for another day though)… Dang!


And to think I was chucked out of gymnastics at school for face planting on the pommel horse (…I wasn’t the most graceful of children mind). Ended up in rugby instead.

Did you lovely lot enjoy sports at school? Or, like me, have you come to enjoy sports which you can choose to do now you’re older?

R x


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  1. Jealous! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at aerial silks. There’s a couple of places around here that offer classes, but they’re expensive and intimidating. Someday…

    • Ruebi

      I was going to do Aerial Yoga but could I find anywhere local to me? Could I balls … So I figured I’d go ahead and try Silks instead. I’m so glad we have a small group of total beginners as I’d be likely be very intimidated otherwise. Keep having to remind myself that the advanced members were all beginners once … And they probably fell on their butts too!

  2. This was a fab post! I’m dying to try the Aerial thing, it looks sooo fun! Rachel! Xoxo


    • Ruebi

      It all started with Pole Dancing classes for me … It made me feel strong and confident. There weren’t any places available for the Pole Classes with the new instructor but they had Aerial Silks so figured I’d try it out, love it so far! In a few weeks I’ll be doing both Silks and Pole which is very exciting! 🙂 I would recommend Silks to anyone who wants to try it out – it’s difficult but fun 🙂 x

  3. I went to a Pink concert and watched with wonder as she sang while being the master at the aerial silks. I’m not sure I have the upper body strength for it. Looks like fun though!

    • Ruebi

      I love Pink! She is just amazing! 😀

      And upper body strength just comes with practice – We all start somewhere … Well, this is me starting right at the beginning! I watch the more advanced of the group with absolute awe (those ladies are just wow!), it will take time for me to get there but I have a lot of inspiration! x

  4. I love silks! great piece of writing too x

  5. Liv

    I’ve always wanted to try the silks. I’m afraid I’m too heavy and uncoordinated now though…

    • Ruebi

      See the coordination thing bothered me too … I’m liable to fall over my own feet at any given moment and more than once I’ve wandered straight into a door frame due to misjudging the space. I really am quite a clumsy soul. That said, I do Aerial Silks and Yoga at the moment and in the past I’ve done Rock Climbing and Pole Dancing without any major incidents. Odd isn’t it?

      As for believing you’re too heavy – have a nosy at http://lolorashel.blogspot.co.uk/ (she is awesome) – like her, I believe Aerial Arts are for everybody 🙂 x

  6. Goodness, I don’t think I could do that!
    It does sound fun though. 😉 I used to hate sports in school, I was a nerd so didn’t do too well with sports. Now though I do love to run, when I can! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo.

    • Ruebi

      I hated sports in school! Always pretended I had an impending GCSE Art deadline to attend to just to get out of PE. I was a nerd too so I feel your sports pain! Now though, I’m quite content to try all manner of sports 🙂 x

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