Hey! I'm brand new to this site and it's amazing, so glad i've found it! Anyway, i've been looking for aerial silk classes for a long time and just recently found one in my hometown of Cleveland. I already took a class and have 3 more set up but unfortunately i live primarily in my house where i go to school in Athens, Ohio. I would like to continue learning, and i have faith in myself to be able to learn by myself (with a spotter of course) so i have two questions.
One, if i were to get the fabric and a rig is there anyway i could set it up on a tree? I don't have a tree in my yard, and my house is too small, but there are many trees around i could use, so it would have to be something i could take down and put up whenever i wanted.
Secondly, does anyone know of any places that offer aerial silk classes or even just a setup i could use to practice on in the southeast ohio area? I could even go to somewhere in northern west virginia. I just haven't been able to find one yet. Sorry this is so long, thanks!!
Learning by yourself is not recommended. Silks are tricky; it is easy to get them tangled or wrapped improperly around you and injure you. I know because I've done it already and I was in a class setting.
As for a tree I would say 'ask a rigger'. A rigger would know best if it is proper to rig something on a tree branch. I wouldn't do it because I am unsure of the branches strength. If at all possible, you could find a local gymnastics club or ymca with high ceilings and see if you can use the space for awhile. This is what I plan on doing after I have taken at least 10 or more classes.
I know you mentioned a spotter; is the spotter qualified? Do they know what they/you are doing? If they don't know what to do to help you, they won't be much help. This is why a qualified instructor is the best spotter.
Lyras don't have the same shock tension for drops. I rig my lyra in a tree all the time but do not do any drops with it. silks are much different and I have heard that can be very unsafe with more advanced moves.