In our last letter, we were talking about how there are 2 ways of learning movement: hard and easy.
I had learned the standing backflip, but through an incredibly arduous process. Basically, I tried too hard.
Several years later, I was back at the National Circus School doing some part-time training in between performing contracts. Then suddenly, across the gym I saw a guy jump into a standing side flip and land effortlessly like a cat. It was the very same type of flip that I had seen on an old Jackie Chan movie years before, and when I had seen it, I didn't believe that it was possible!
Here was an acrobat doing exactly that move that I thought was impossible.
I walked over to him and asked him if he could teach me.
The first lesson was about 5 minutes long. I tried a few of the moves he suggested, landing on a thick mat. After about 15 minutes I got bored of the same exercise. So - contrary to...
Many years ago, when I was training in the circus, I experienced two ways of learning movement: the hard way and the easy way.
One of the moves I wanted to learn was the standing backflip. I was 19, and very, very, very much wanted to learn this cool move. I practiced daily with my coach, and tried every technique that was given to me. I tried flipping off a set of raised mats, into a foam pit, with spotting belts, and willing my body into the flip.
One day, I was feeling confident (read: cocky) and told my coach that I was going to do the backflip - on my own. No spot.
He looked at my dubiously, and nodded slightly. I centered myself over a thin mat (first mistake), and raised my hands over my head in preparation. Suddenly, a hush came over the gym, and everyone seemed to pause in their activity to look over at me.
I had no choice. Now I had an audience.
I launched myself into the air with everything I could muster.
My body turned 180 degrees in the...
Many years ago, I got started in the world of circus at the at age of 18 years old. I had "accidentally" come across the phone number to National Circus School in Montreal, while looking for theater schools to audition for. In my mind, I wanted to become a famous actor.
In my heart, I needed to discover the limits of my physical, emotional, and spiritual body.
There was no better place for me to test my limits than to train daily at the National Circus School, facing face plants, sprained ankles, massive fatigue, insurmountable (at the moment anyway) movements, and scary flips. While I thought I was learning about circus performance, and all its technical aspects (which I was), I was actually beginning the process of embodiment - the process of giving concrete form to an abstract idea.
When I started in the circus, everything was abstract. I had zero background in gymnastics, I couldn't hold a handstand, and I didn't come from a lineage of circus performers. Every movement, every...
By Jada Fire
Ever feel energetically overwhelmed in your home and feel like a deep spirit cleansing is necessary? Perhaps you have saged your home before and already have this sweet ritual and blessing your home down pat. If you are new to smudging with this medicinal plant, it is a lovely way to listen and connect with a long lived ancient way of purification.
Sage (Salvia Officianalis) or Artemesia, old man’s sage is recognized as the ‘savior herb’ in many native American cultures. Not only a sacred plant ally for smudging or blessing a space, sage is also antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and has been embraced to strengthen memory and cultivate the growth of wisdom.
The actual smudging balances out the positive and negative ions in the air element and is great for clearing out an office space emitting heavy electro smog or to clear the home during and after an illness is present or passing. I often...