Have you ever heard of 'Aerial Silks'? According to Silk Line Balance, it began as a circus performing art but has become a global phenomenon because training in the air has become a fun, unique, and addictive way to work out.
Training on aerial silks combines the flexibility of yoga, the strength of weight-lifting, and the creativity of dance. Welcome back to episode twenty nine of Tizi Talks with Michelle Morgan! She is a News Anchor with K24TV and an Executive Director in her family business, BM Security. To top that off, she is also aerial silks guru and she went further to school us on a few tips for beginners.
TIZI: How old are you?
MM: 28 years old
TIZI: How long have you been working out?
MM: I have always been active all through school; sports was a big part of my life and it has continued to date. My greatest sporting achievement was representing Kenya in hockey back in 2009. Currently, I have a diverse exercise routine that involves aerial silks, yoga as well as other playful things like poi and hulla hoop.
TIZI: What made you start?
MM: My body is my temple, I have always had a spiritual connection and appreciation for body. My exercise routine is a big part of how I connect my mind, body & soul. Yoga really does this for me. It centers me.
TIZI: Do you feel like it has made a difference in your life?
MM: It keeps me grounded, connected and happy! I have periods where I fall off the wagon, and don’t do my usual work outs as I really feel it. It’s a huge part of what affects my energy.
TIZI: Can you please take us through your daily fitness routine on a weekday? And the weekend?
MM: I try to do yoga 2 -3 times a week; usually at acacia or private lessons with instructors. My ideal routine is to wake up early and start my day with yoga; there is nothing quite like it. But let’s face it the 6.00 am alarm clock often hits snooze. I try I do silks twice a week. I arrange for lessons and also have my own silks I like to play on and try new things. I often find myself inspired by something on instagram then try recreate it with my own spin. So it’s a mix of lessons and self taught.
TIZI: Do you find it difficult to include your workout in your daily routine?
MM: Yes I really do. My day often fills up so I find the best practice is early in the morning before my day begins! That’s easier said than done. I don’t always wake up but when I do it’s so worth it. I’m energized, connected and so ready for the day.
TIZI: What keeps you motivated?
MM: I set myself goals like doing the splits, doing an hand stand or mastering a routine then it’s just baby steps everyday to getting there.
TIZI: Do you have a cheat meal?
MM: I have such a sweet tooth so I indulge in midnight cookie munchies!! Guilty for sure
TIZI: What can you advise people who want to start their fitness journey?
MM: Seek what you enjoy doing then you will enjoy the journey.
Photocredits: Brian Koome
Venue: The Alchemist Bar, Nairobi Kenya
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