As a child I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that my Grandmother would always welcome me, love me and make me feel safe. No matter how scary, crazy or hard life got. She created an atmosphere of unconditional love, a place to relax and breath, without expectation or judgement. She would say, "come on in the house." She died in 1998. Since that time, I have lost that sense of having a safe place to land. So when, my partner and fellow instructors and I decided to open Aura Aerial & Yoga, we unanimously agreed to create a vibe, and ambiance of acceptance, inclusiveness and non-judgement. A safe place where people feel free to express themselves authentically through movement, exercise and any other way that suites them without expectation or judgment.
Julie Brush, one of our cherished students, refers to Aura as her womb. So I asked her to write about that feeling. When I read her heartfelt words, I knew we had accomplished our intention. .~ Shannon
"To say Aura aerial and yoga saved my life, is an understatement. I stumbled into this fantastically fantastic space in early summer 2017, after going through a very emotional time caring for a loved one with cancer. I was spent. I was day old bread. I had lost "my groove".
From the moment, the very second I walked through the doors, I sensed a feeling of safety, shelter from the storm, serenity. I refer to this place as my womb. There are several definitions of the word womb. The one, I use to compare Aura with is; a place where something is generated. I had taken years of ballet and other types of dance... however, as a now, 49 year old woman, I realized I was REALLY BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL DEFINITION AND FEELING OF DANCE.
It was as if I'd been missing something in the realm of "dance" all those years.
This "Womb" I refer to, generates many important things crucial to life.
No judgement. No competition. Every person in this space has each others back. Most importantly, for me... I'm allowed to be myself. Sometimes, as we all know... that is hard. Not at Aura. There is freedom. It's not like a health club or gym...ya know...that uncomfortable feeling of competition with the emphasis solely on aesthetics.
You are free to be yourself, take a journey, learn, dance, pole, BREATHE!
Every Class I take in this womb is the HAPPIEST HOUR, OR 2 or 3, of my life.
I'm so grateful for this place that generates these emotions and movement." ~Julie Brush
Sometimes that soft place is not even a physical place, it can be a person, song, a smell, a memory or a special place deep inside of you. Wherever it is, find it. Everyone needs a soft place to land.
Julie a 49 years old and has been a nurse for 19 year's. She is a stilt walker and enjoys performing stilting gigs for business, corporate events and parties. Julie enjoys movement, dancing and allowing her free spirit to soar!