Positive Psychology Flight Rules

Flight Rule #1

You may not use the word “can’t,” except in this sentence:

  1. “There’s nothing I can’t do.” Honestly, that’s the truth of it. If you practice anything you can do it, and this motto certainly applies to these aerial classes.

Flight Rule #1 was applied shortly after opening Learning2Fly in April 2010. It was amazing how many times someone would use the word in one 75 minute class. The good news is: if you do use the word, we REWARD you. But you’ll have to come to the studio to see what that is. I know, I know, pretty nice of us to reward you when you break a rule. You sure wouldn’t get a raise if you showed up late to work every day. But we believe, like Pavlov, that behaviors are more likely changed through a system of rewards than with punishments.

If you say it, and quickly correct yourself, then you don’t have to do the push-ups. For example, if you say, “I can’t do a pull-up, I mean, at this moment, I am unable to do a pull-up.” That is speaking affirmatively. We want you to understand and use the power of your words in good ways. It is our hope that this rule seeps into your life.

If you say it and anyone else catches you first, you might hear they yell,


Shut your can’t hole.


Flight Rule # 2 – You may only say positive things about yourself.

It is important that we learn to speak affirmatively about ourselves and others. Usually, right after someone says “can’t” then they say something like…because I’m not strong, or too fat, or too weak, or not good enough. We know you are amazing in so many ways, so we’ll help you get in the habit of speaking kindly to yourself. Remember, your body is listening to everything you say.

Flight Rule #3 – Be grateful you have two legs to stand on.

Always stand on both legs evenly. Leaning into one leg can create scoliosis, and injure ligaments and tendons in your hips and knees. This rule is also a symbol for stand strong on your own two legs, but remember the shoulders of the ancestors you are standing on. And not just your ancestors, remember all the people in your life that have helped you get to where you are. Be grateful and thank them. Gratitude is a powerfully positive habit to cultivate.

Flight Rule #4 – Do not compare yourself to others.

Some students might climb all the way to the top their first class. It may take you awhile. It’s all good.  Let go of comparing because you end up either “They’re better than me,” or “I’m better than them.” Either side is not a happy place.

Flight Rule #5 – Do not place expectations on yourself or others.

We won’t expect you to climb to the top your first class or your 100th class. So don’t expect yourself to either. You are on your own journey. Placing expectations on yourself or others usually leaves you frustrated. I guess you can expect to have a great time, because you will no doubt about it.

These are our Ancient Circus Secrets! You’ll just have to come to class. Ooh, inquiring minds want to know.

Rules for LIFE!

What to Wear and Bring to Class

Wear stretchy clothes. Yoga pants are great, but no bell bottoms or anything loose around the ankles. Capri length is best, just below the knees. T-shirt, tank top, and we will be barefoot. Most importantly, wear a big happy grin from ear to ear and wear tie dye if you want to be teacher’s pet. Bring a water bottle, and maybe a small hand towel if you’re the sweaty type.

We look forward, and upward, to seeing you soon. Hope to see you thAIR soon!

Love, Sumya