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So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things…
This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before s/he can fly.”

-Rainer Maria Rilke

play: to pay attention   (oldest definition of play/O.E.D.)

OmFly Circus School offers circus and aerial arts classes in Old Saybrook, CT, for children and adults ages 7 to 99.  In the summer, the school offers  circus camps in the beautiful outdoors at the Sanctuary in East Haddam.

Circus arts include Trapeze, Silks, Aerial Yoga, Lyra, Acro Yoga, Partner Acrobatics and Object Manipulation (Juggling, Hooping, Diabolo, Devil Sticks & Poi).

OmFly uses an innovative approach to teaching the art of body movement. Focusing on the six directions of the spine & combining the ancient traditions of circus and yoga, OmFly classes help build core strength, confidence, and maintain a healthy spine. Benefits of inversions (being upside down) include increased calm, concentration, circulation, as well as the decompression of the spine and mood enhancement.

Circus and yoga arts increase body awareness and help you to instantly attain a true presence in the moment that can take months of meditation to achieve.

jen taylor

Founder and artistic director Jen Taylor has been teaching and directing circus arts and yoga for over 9 years. She has a degree in Philosophy and studied engaged Buddhism with peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn.  She believes circus arts fused with yoga are a kind of re-wilding medicine for domesticated times.

Taylor’s unique and innovative approach to teaching body/mind-fullness through trapeze, silks, yoga, meditation, partner acrobatics, handstand practice and play creates a backdoor to discipline. Taylor’s focused but relaxed manner is an antidote to goal-oriented exercise and teases it back to the art of body movement and mindful creativity from a rich diversity of traditions and perspectives. Trained in CircusYoga, flying yoga, trapeze, creative movement play, tumbling, African dance and improvisation,  Taylor helps us discover our native inner bodily wisdom and youthful flexibility through interactive and imaginative exercises, meditation and games.

When we are in our bodies, we connect with self. When we connect with self, good things happen.  Connection is everything.  Taylor studied aerials with LAVA & NECCA, and circus with Circus Minimus & Circus Yoga.

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