When I saw the Groupon® for Learning 2 Fly, I knew I had to try this out. I had seen it done in Vegas. I knew that ribbons required a lot of upper body strength. I also knew I didn’t have upper body strength. However, I wanted to try the ribbons all the same.
Once I entered the building, I was in awe of my surroundings. The walls were covered in vibrant colors, and brightly colored silk ribbons hung from the ceiling. Underneath were thick, blue mats. It was so warm and inviting.
The #1 rule at Learning 2 Fly is that you are not allowed to say the word “can’t,” or any other negative words describing your inability to perform. You must always use positive statements about your ability to improve with practice. The price for negativity was 10 push-ups. My kind of class!
I broke the first rule right off the bat. I said the word “can’t” as I tried to figure out how to do the first exercise.
Everyone else had taken the class for a while now. They were able to climb the silk ribbons with very little effort. I couldn’t, I mean I struggled to get off the ground for more than 5 seconds. This was going to be a very long hour….
The instructor took pity on me, and my lack of upper body strength. She gave me exercises that I could actually do. I managed to pull myself up and stand within the ribbons. GO ME! I was so excited and proud. I could fly like everyone else after all.
The instructor also taught me how to hang upside down, ha! After finding about 3-4 positions that I could actually do, I could see how people loved this. Who doesn’t want to fly?
I was nowhere near climbing to the ceiling. I wasn’t able to do many of the other positions either. However, my body did manage to get a really good stretch without breaking any bones in the process. I was glad I gave it a try.
At Learning 2 Fly, you have the option of taking two classes. Someone had mentioned trying the Yoga class on Sunday afternoons. Intrigued to see this new view of yoga, I signed up for my second class the following Sunday. Once again, I found myself in the brightly colored room. It was fun just standing in such a happy place.
Having a new found love of yoga, I will admit that I enjoyed the freedom the silk ribbons gave me while performing the poses. My spine truly felt longer as I sat upside down, safely and securely wrapped in the ribbons.
The poses were familiar for the most part, but we also did poses specifically designed with the use of the silk ribbons. Some felt good. Some I struggled with. However, I was able to do much more in this class. The yoga class definitely proved to be easier on my body and my self-esteem.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!