How does she do that? The crowd wonders as the aerial performer twirls and flips above them in the air.
Aerial arts are so much more than meets the eye. Offering profound rewards to practitioners and audiences, the thrill and the allure of flying is nothing less than magical.
Photo from Natalie @riseaerialyoga
While crowds may still feel a long way off since the wake of COVID, now is the perfect time to start conditioning if you have aspirations of performing in the future. Even if you do not have aspirations to perform, aerial practice can help you reach the best shape of your life! The art form brings intense challenges that are beyond mere mastery of certain tricks or sequences.
Aerial arts can be very demanding on the body, but you will likely find that your career is greatly enhanced by keeping in your best condition. This includes all of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects that make up who you are. Remain attentive to conditioning all of these and you can stay on top of your game.
Photo from Sam @itsfiveam
Here are a few tips and tricks for maximizing your wellness in aerial arts:
While many factors are at play, you can think of your conditioning routine as a way to safeguard against things like injuries and other preventable setbacks.
Aerial arts present an illusion of effortlessness that expertly hides the years of training and hard work that it took to get to that moment in time. This is part of the beauty of the work. When you build a strong foundation with good self-care, strong technique, and a conditioning routine that works for you, you are setting yourself up for success.
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Whether times are good or extremely challenging, many of us need a community to embrace -- even if our only way to connect has been virtual for much of 2020. Now that some aerial studios are allowed to start to open up again, many aerialists and aerial yogis will be breathing a sigh of relief as they anticipate getting back to the practice.