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FLY & LOVE Yoga Lounge: Soar and Explore

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By Zairah Wooten

I am not an avid yogi but have taken my fair share of yoga classes. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to finally try aerial yoga at FLY & LOVE Yoga Lounge (www.flyandlove.yoga), and I was even more excited to hear that the new lounge is located around my neck of the woods, in Gresham, Texas.

This concept was first introduced to me by one of my boot camp instructors. I have seen her post pictures of herself hanging upside down and thought to myself, “Wow! That looks like a lot of fun, but will I be able to hold myself like that and not fall flat on my face?” She kept reassuring me that it’s not as bad as I think and I should give it a shot. Finally, I mustered up the courage and decided to try it for the first time.

Fly-and-Love-Yoga-Lounge-TreeBeth Pearson, owner, and instructor at FLY & LOVE Yoga, welcomed me to the lounge, and as soon as I stepped in, the vibrant colors and decorations put me into instant calm and relaxation. Beth has over thirteen years of teaching yoga under her belt, so immediately, I knew I was in good hands. With a bit of time before class, I was able to wander around and visit with Beth.

Zairah: So, is aerial yoga a fairly new concept?

Beth: Aerial yoga has emerged fairly recently from the surge in popularity during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, of both Western yoga and Cirque du Soleil-style aerial arts. Combining the ancient practice of yoga with aerial acrobatics dance is a new concept within the last decade.

Zairah: Can you briefly explain how aerial yoga works?

Beth: Aerial yoga uses a fabric hammock as a prop to support the body in traditional yoga poses, as well as variations on poses influenced by Pilates, dance, and aerial acrobatics. The hammock provides opportunities to suspend the body, creating space and decompression which are beneficial for the spine and other joints. The support provided by the hammock allows deep, controlled stretching without strain and also creates resistance which builds upper body and core strength.

Zairah: Do you have to be in good, physical shape to be able to take a class?

Beth: I would say, “Do you need to be in good, physical shape to go to a gym?” Our aerial yoga classes will hopefully help you get into better physical shape, so there is really no expectation that you start off anywhere other than exactly where you are. The comments I most often hear at the end of class are, first, “That was really fun!” usually followed by “It was harder than I expected!” But that comes from all sorts of people – total beginners, cross-fitters, runners, and yogis. Aerial yoga is a different kind of physical exercise, and so it presents a learning curve and a new sort of challenge for anyone who comes in for the first time, or the fifteenth time (Beth grins). In yoga, we really emphasize starting where you are, listening to your body, doing what feels right for you. There is a lot of permission to have fun and plenty of modifications and variations to allow you to go easier or go harder in most poses. (Aerial yoga is not recommended during pregnancy or for those with high blood pressure, heart disease, or glaucoma.)

Zairah: What is the demographic of FLY & LOVE Yoga?

Beth: Anyone and everyone are welcome! We have had yogis from ages 3 to late 70s, and everyone seems to enjoy it. Even though most of our attendance is female, men are always welcome, too.

Fly-and-Love-Yoga-Lounge-tyler-tx-534Zairah: What made you decide to bring aerial yoga to Tyler?

Beth: At the end of last summer, I had the opportunity to work with Anna Carsons, owner of Mangos Dancesport on East Erwin St., and Megan Hutchings, founder of Tyler Sky Dance, as they were preparing to bring aerial acrobatics arts to Tyler. We felt that an aerial yoga program would be a good complement to the Sky Dance program, both as a preparatory practice for building up to the more challenging work of aerial arts and as an accessible alternative for those who might not be as comfortable working high off the ground. The aerial yoga classes at Mangos began October 1st, 2015, and were so well-received that it quickly became obvious we needed a designated studio to meet the demand for these unique classes.

Zairah: What is the main goal you hope to achieve when teaching aerial yoga?

Beth: Our aerial yoga classes offer a safe approach for anyone to build strength, increase flexibility, improve balance, and relieve stress. Additionally, because the aerial aspect is a lot of fun, we value the chance to spread joy and encourage people to lighten up and connect with their child-like spirits. Through the traditional yoga approach, we also become more aware of our bodies, minds, and emotional states of being more sensitive to our experiences, hopefully, more compassionate to ourselves, as well as more compassionate about the world around us.

Zairah: What are some differences between regular yoga and aerial yoga? Some similarities?

Fly-and-Love-Yoga-Lounge-Forward-BendBeth: The original purpose of traditional yoga, as practiced by the ancient yogis, is to quiet the mind and become aware of our deepest nature. While modern, western yoga doesn’t always look like that, many of us try, in our various styles – be it vinyasa, restorative, hot yoga, aerial yoga – to bring some of that listening, some of that consciousness, to the “yoga” we share.

From a physical standpoint, aerial yoga is similar to regular yoga in many of its postures and terminologies. Obvious differences would be in the use of the hammock as a unique prop for supporting familiar poses and introducing certain variations like inversions that are not accessible otherwise.

It is worth mentioning too, that not all styles of aerial yoga are the same. Some styles tend more toward the acrobatic, dance, and aerial arts side, while some styles stay more closely connected to traditional yoga asana and philosophy. I chose to study with and become certified through Unnata Aerial Yoga, because of their credibility within the discipline as being very much rooted in “authentic yoga,” with a holistic, mind/body/spirit approach. Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher training is an intense and comprehensive program that is only available to teachers who are already certified as traditional yoga teachers.

Zairah: Some of the poses were quite intimidating. How do you encourage people to step out of their comfort zone?

Beth: Humor. Permission to not do it. Baby steps. Emphasis on safety. Developing trust. Providing opportunities for success. Keeping it light-hearted. Encouraging camaraderie among the participants.

Zairah: I see that FLY & LOVE Yoga isn’t just a yoga studio. What all do you offer?

13254335_1715487412023412_209885524543915682_nBeth: We are loosely a three-part venue. One part is our classes – primarily aerial yoga, but we also offer other styles of yoga, and we hope to add classes like hooping, Tai Chi, and belly dance to our schedule if the interest is there. Another aspect of FLY & LOVE Yoga is our lounge space. We are a simple coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and a one-wall version of the Come Together fair trade store. We sell locally pressed, organic juice and Kombucha from Balance Juicery out of Mabank. We have a massage therapist, an esthetician and a holistic wellness practitioner on-site. And, finally, we are an event center. Not only do we offer private aerial yoga classes and parties, but we also host workshops and events for elevating the body, mind, and creative spirit. In the past month, we have presented mindfulness meditation, an introduction to hooping, kirtan (chanting), and an open mic night for music and spoken word. Coming up in the next few weeks, we will host a belly dancing class, a workshop using yoga techniques to address PTSD and trauma, and a BYOB craft night. FLY & LOVE Yoga is an eclectic space, created with the intention to foster wellness, inspiration and a deeper sense of community among like-spirited individuals.

My overall experience with aerial yoga at FLY & LOVE Yoga was terrific. I was able to find my Zen all the while getting a good core workout in. I am a personal witness to aerial yoga accommodating to people of all ages and sizes, so I highly encourage those who are hesitant to give it a shot and know that you will be in good hands with Beth and the rest of the staff.

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April 21st: Lead the Way 5K and more Upcoming Races

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To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to, eguidemagazine@gmail.com. It is always free to list any event.

April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128684.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/thepineywoodsultra 

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 3933 FM 344 in Bullard. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/

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Susan G. Komen 2018 Tyler Race For The Cure®

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Registration is open for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Bergfeld Park. This year’s Race co-chairs are Angie Loosely and Danielle Sepulveda. Their goal is to further the Komen mission by reminding our community that it takes everyone to help raise awareness and funds to help the medically underserved get the breast health screenings, education and resources they need.

The Komen Race Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. This is the largest event for our community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those we have lost, and serve those in need. Breast Cancer Survivors who wish to be recognized will receive a pink SURVIVOR t-shirt as part of their registration. Beginning at 7am breast cancer survivors will be treated to a breakfast during their celebration on the tennis courts at Bergfeld Park, followed by the survivor group photo which will take place at 8am. In addition, all participants are encouraged to wear “in memory” or “in honor” back signs, honoring loved ones for their strength and courage. This is one of the signature traditions that make the Komen Race for the Cure® so unique.

Call (903)561-6992 or visit komenectx.org to register or to find more information about the 2018 Race for the Cure®. Online registration is open and continues through Friday, May 11th, 2018. Along with a registration form, participants are encouraged to download a pledge sheet for the Power of 10 and help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure®. Donations through fundraising are a substantial part of our revenue each year. Every dollar raised goes toward screening mammograms, education and research.

Online registration is $30 Adult (18+), $30 for Survivor, $20 for youth (up to 17 years of age), and $30 Sleep In for the Cure.

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® stay in the local community to fund breast health screenings and educational projects. The remaining twenty-five percent is used to fund national research projects. Sponsorships for the Race are currently being accepted, with packages starting at $500.

The Susan G. Komen promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Our vision is a world without breast cancer. For more info visit komen.org or call 1(800)-GO-KOMEN.

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Warmer Weather Calls for 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More

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To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to, eguidemagazine@gmail.com. It is always free to list any event.

April 7th – Tyler Run for Autism– Join this 7th annual run inspired with the purpose of raising funds to provide much needed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum in East Texas. 100% of the funds raised are given back to children enrolled at The Treatment and Learning Center for Children with Autism (TLC) or Autism Response Team of East Texas (A.R.T.). Register at tylerrunforautism.org.

April 7th – The 7th Annual Home Run 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run hosted by Sky Ranch Camps in Van, Texas will be held at The Cannery in Lindale. All proceeds go to build one home a year for a deserving family in the Lindale/Tyler area. The 10K will begin at 8:15am, the 5K at 8:30am and the Kids Fun Run will be at 9:30am. For more information about the ministry, the race, or to register, you can visit proverbs1917ministries.org.

April 14th – Nightwalk for Hope – Held annually, this nighttime walk will be held 5:30-9pm at Rose Rudman Trail. Come together as a community to walk 2.5 miles through Rose Rudman Park as you carry lanterns to light up the night, symbolizing hope and freedom for those silenced by modern day slavery. Register at nightwalkforhope.org. This is sponsored by For The Silent. This family-friendly fundraiser includes multiple food trucks, children’s activities, music from El Guapo Records, and more. As the sun sets around 8:15pm, they will conclude the night with a 2-mile walk on a section of the Rose Rudman trail.

April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race, now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at facebook.com/events/1219303424838365.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/the-piney-woods-ultra.

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 21508 Merlot Ln., in Tyler. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/.

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