Today we’d like to introduce you to Carmen Curtis.
Hi Carmen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started as a gymnast, full-ride scholarship at UCLA, part of the national championship team. I began yoga with Bryan Kest and Gurmukh over 25 years ago as a way to heal my body from the wear and tear of gymnastics. I loved it and began training to teach it in college. In college, I was also a personal trainer to celebrities and Olympic athletes.
After graduating from UCLA, I moved to NYC in the hopes to perform on broadway. I continued my teaching and practice of yoga with many styles and many teachers in NYC including Shiva Rea.
I performed in a harness flying dance show called De La Guarda and this launched my aerial and theatre career in NYC and on tour as lead performer and dance captain.
Once I had my first child, I took my first prenatal teacher training and began my journey finding ways to make yoga accessible to all.
I was launched from athlete to creative artist and choreographer as I became part of the research and development team for Franco Dragone to help create and perform in Le Reve at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. I helped create the show, was dance captain and was the lead performer.
I now focus on teaching and creating aerial curriculums along with choreographing for events, shows and pop stars. I like to integrate wellness in all my work, like when I choreographed the aerial acts for Beyonce’ and her Formation tour, I also integrated yoga and AIReal Yoga classes for the dancers warm ups and wellness routine.
My husband and I own a production company, creating shows, choreographing and working with artist for their music videos and world tours. We also own The Aerial Studio in Ventura, California, a wellness space for the aerial arts, fitness and Aireal Yoga.
I work to build community, share the love of the aerial arts and help support people on their wellness journey, offering a wide range of physical and mental self-care tools.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has been continuous but not always a straight line or smooth. I continue to be inspired and passionate about what I believe in, so therefore I continue down the path. For me, I try to help guide and share wellness with others. Obstacles come from society and my clients as they have normal human fear. Fear of not being good enough, strong enough or flexible enough. Or The fear of learning something new. This is why I have continued my pursuit to find ways to make physical and mental wellness accessible. Especially in yoga. Using a Hammock as a prop is an amazing tool to make Yoga accessible to everybody at every level. And that is why I developed Aireal Yoga, offer online classes, teach teacher training and sell portable rigs and hammocks. I also love how the Hammock can be more than just a yoga prop it can also be used for physical therapy, massage and special needs.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a thought leader in the world of Aerial and Aerial Yoga. I have been doing Aerial
and Yoga for over 25 years. I was at the forefront of the creation of using the Hammock as a yoga prop.
These years of insight have given me experience to know how to protect people, keep people safe and also how to integrate Aerial and Yoga for all levels and all styles of students.
This is why I offer teacher trainings in hopes to help support studios and teachers and help them grow. I feel like it’s my duty to be a mentor and guide to help support.
How do you think about happiness?
It makes me happy to see people happy. To give them opportunities for the experience to feel safe or to reduce pain. To give people tools for self-care. The more I share love and help and support people the bigger the ripple effect and the more impact I know I can have on the world. Education is key. I’m here to support and educate and help people find their self and best practice for self-care mentally and physically.
- Email: Info@airealyoga.com
- Website: www.airealyoga.com
- Instagram: @airealyoga and @carmencurtis1
- Facebook: @airealyoga
- Youtube: Airealyoga