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Carmen Curtis

Carmen Curtis is the founder of AiReal Yoga. AiReal Yoga has the honor of being the first and only form of aerial yoga accredited by the Yoga Alliance. Carmen is a former NCAA National Champion gymnast. From early childhood and throughout her college and post- graduate career she consistently trained dance, theater and swimming. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Higher Education from UCLA and pursued her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition. During her time at UCLA Carmen began personal training Elite athletes and Olympians and began her love for yoga by training ‘power yoga’ with Bryan Kest. She concurrently pursued an acting career in NYC and was cast in an off-Broadway Aerial Theater production called “De La Guarda”. This extraordinary show took Carmen and her family on a 4 year tour of the world touring. In her free time she studied yoga with Shiva Rae and Gurmukh, Kundalini, Hatha and completed her pre- and post-natal yoga teacher training. After her first pregnancy in 2001 she discovered that the aerial hammock was the perfect tool to help get back in shape and to help heal her injuries from being a professional athlete. Carmen is a co-founder/owner of the world re-known site specific aerial theatre company Airealistic, www.airealistic.com and has been traveling the world creating aerial acts, teaching harness and aerial, and performing for clients such as, Cirque Du Soleil, LA Philharmonic, The Bregenz Festspeile and appears on MTV’s show BEYOND DANCE. The director of Cirque du Soleil Franco Dragone gave her an incredible opportunity to help research, develop, and create his show “Le Reve” at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. She spent many years with the show, creating, performing, teaching, and as dance captain. In 2010 she opened The AERIAL STUDIO, in Ventura, CA, www.theaerialstudio.com and began teaching aerial arts, gymnastics, dance, and yoga. Soon after she completed the AIReal Yoga Teacher Training Manual and began offering AIReal yoga teacher trainings. This course is a true compilation of her extensive knowledge in her gymnastics, dance, theatre, personal training, aerial, and prenatal work. She has created a fluid and universal form of fitness that finds the practitioner at the level they are at. Her motherly, female, yet strong energy helps make this a unique style of aerial yoga and makes her a great teacher, guide and mentor. She constantly draws upon her background and training and is able to be a motivated teacher to all. She has empathy and compassion and truly believes in her work an in AIReal yoga as way to elevate your practice, alleviate your pain and exhilarate your body, mind and soul.