Why I Love Aerial Silks

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Emma Honestly blog, aerial silks
Last October I found myself single and suffering from the worst anxiety I had experienced to date. In my heartbroken state, I decided that I needed to do something to keep myself busy, to distract myself, and to challenge myself. After some research and some hard thinking, I found a private aerialist who ran classes from a studio at her home. I didn't have the confidence to have classes in a group, so I was thrilled that I could have 1:1 lessons where no-one else could see me (or judge me).

I came so close to cancelling that first class. I sat outside her house on the phone to my best friend, crying that I couldn't do it, crying that I was having an anxiety attack, and crying because I just wanted a cuddle from my ex more than a fitness class. She encouraged me not to cancel and to give it a go, and now, almost a whole year later, I can safely say it is one of the best things I have ever done.

Aerial silks has helped me battle my mental health in a way I never expected. It helps me to channel my worries and anxieties elsewhere for one hour on a Saturday morning. I'm able to completely switch off and concentrate more on where to put my leg, how to build up my strength to achieve a move, and to push myself to brave upside down moves and drops, and I love it. The endorphins from exercise are one thing, but the sense of accomplishment and pride I get from having finally conquered a new move makes me incredibly proud of myself, and sometimes gives me that extra boost I need when I'm feeling low. And my fitness and strength has come on leaps and bounds, too.

Sadly, I don't think I'll be able to carry on classes with my current teacher as I'm moving, so I'm looking at silks classes in Essex that I can join to keep up with what has become a passion. I'm thinking of trying hoop classes, too.

If you've ever considered these classes I urge you to give one a go. You won't be sorry that you did!

All my love,
Em x

P.s - I'm not sure if I should carry on with my blog or not. I feel like I've lost my motivation for it. Let me know if you still pop by here from time to time.

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