Hanging around in the Kudzu

September 22, 2015


Megrez Mosher, Kudzu Aerial Yoga Studio, Fairhope AlabamaJust to keep the confusion down, this isn’t me.


Kudzu in Fairhope Alabama, Fairhope Supply Co. Here’s how it happened; my friend Megrez Mosher opened Kudzu Aerial Yoga Studio, and yes that’s “aerial” as in, “up-in-the-air.”


Kudzu Aerial Yoga, Fairhope Alabama, Old Masonic Lodge BuildingMegrez invited me to come to her class because she knew how limber, athletic and strong in need of exercise I was. Being up for almost any new challenge, I agreed to meet her at the next class in her new studio, which is located in the old Masonic building, constructed in 1938, on Young Street.


Clay City Tile on Kudzu Building, Fairhope AlabamaBuilt from old Clay City tile, the historic building is a beautiful old place, full of character and a perfect setting for Megrez’s studio full of kudzu “vines” which dangle upstairs and . . .


Cleveland Mosher, Fairhope Alabama Artisther brother Cleveland’s art studio and gallery downstairs. There is also meeting space and a warm, inviting lounge area.


Mosher Castle, Fairhope Alabama, Fairhope Supply Co. The brother and sister duo grew up in “The Castle” which I wrote about HERE, so no wonder they are two of the most creative people in town!


Kudzu Aerial Yoga Class, Fairhope Alabama

I don’t think I was the youngest one there, but I wasn’t the oldest either, which was good because I had feared everyone else would be teenagers.  Of course, this being a small town, I ended up seeing some of my friends there as well, which made it all the more fun. Megrez led us at a slow, safe pace and encouraged us to only go as far as we were able. The silks helped us stretch and move in ways a regular yoga class never could.



Kudzu Aerial Yoga, Fairhope, AlabamaThis is a photo from one of her other classes, and yes, this is what we were aiming for. Those who had previously attended aerial yoga class with Megrez assured me it wasn’t difficult and in fact, felt great. Yeah . . . right.


Leslie Anne Harrison, Megrez Mosher, Aerial YogaMegrez is certified in about umpteen different exercise and aerial qualifications. She has trained and tested like crazy to ensure complete safety in all her classes. The studio was professionally rigged and has a circus certification rating. Really. Seriously. I’ve finally run away and joined the circus!


Leslie Anne Tarabella, Fairhope AlabamaS-t-r-e-a-t-c-h! We also sat on the floor and stretched out our neck muscles which felt great. Every literal twist and actual turn, Megrez was there guiding us and giving gentle advice. She conducts several classes each day, and offers parties for groups.


Kudzu Aerial Yoga, Fairhope Alabama, Leslie Anne TarabellaI kept thinking about how much I loved to swing when I was a little girl. The class was so much fun, and all of us were laughing, relaxing and having a great time. I was afraid I would be sore the next day, and in some areas I was, but really, not that bad. It was a far more gentle workout than I anticipated.


And then . .

Kudzu Aerial Yoga, Fairhope AlabamaI did it! I assure you, I was in perfect form, but for reasons of modesty, I’ll spare you the other half of the story. My head wasn’t on the floor, I was actually dangling by my hips. If I could have stopped laughing, it would have been more relaxing, but it was so much fun, I couldn’t help it!


Click the video above to see what I finally (thought I) looked like after only one class! Megrez is amazing! If you are in our area, go by between 4:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, September 27, 2015 for the open house which includes a community class at 6pm!


Tell me now, would you give this a try?


See the official web site with contact information for Kudzu: Aerial Fitness and Kinetic Arts  HERE.

You can find my previous story on charming and flexible Megrez Mosher  HERE. 


  • CraftyHope says:

    I totally think I would try this. It looks like a lot of fun. (I’m all about exercise that’s fun too). I hate that I’m just now seeing your poost so I missed the open house. Ah well, I can still check it out later maybe. Thanks for the heads up (or heads down, perhaps 😉 ) on this neat venture!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Good one, Hope!
      But really, give them a try. I think you’d love it!

  • First of all, what a great name for the studio! When I saw the first photos of the riggings, I thought “NO WAY!”. A) I’m afraid of heights B) I’m extremely clumsy C) I wouldn’t want to have to go into the witness protection program after humiliating myself attempting a headstand. But, this actually looks fun. I’m glad to hear you characterize it as “gentle”. That’s my kind of yoga!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I’m the queen of clumsy, and it really wasn’t that bad. You only have so far to fall!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      And it really, really was!

  • Oh, Little Bitty Pretty One, I’m so glad to have someone to share my misery with. Let us say “POOP” together! 🙂 Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Ha! Next time, you need to come with me!

  • As my Mother would say,” what will they think of next”. Does look fun tho.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I remember seeing this done at Cirque du Soleil and they had silks that went up, probably 75 feet that they’d use to zip up and down. It looked so easy, but now I know how hard it is!

  • Leslie Anne,
    wow! You are one brave girl! My niece is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching what I guess you would call regular yoga while she’s been going to medical school. I’ve never seen that type before. Don’t know if I’d have the nerve to that a try, but it looks like fun and you looked like you were having a blast.
    Very inspiring, maybe I’ll go for a walk tomorrow! (lol)!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I’ve been trying to exercise more, which it isn’t that I don’t like it, it’s just that I can always think of other things I need to be doing! Regular yoga is harder than it looks. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t walk for a week!

  • Wow, they livedin a castle…incredible. I started Zumba and thought I was cutting edge…you go girl!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      I don’t know if I’m coordinated enough for Zumba! Good for you!

  • This looks like loads of fun, and much more challenging than that lame “Silver Sneakers” thing I do at the Y four days a week! The whole point of keeping someone committed to exercise in my mind is to make it fun, so it looks like you are ahead of the game here. I have never seen this kind of yoga, although I have done it over the years in various iterations. Glad you weren’t sore!

    • Leslie Anne says:

      Well, not “too” sore! Ha!

      Megrez also offers a class for older folks, and I thought I’d have to go to that class, but she assured me I wasn’t ready for it just yet!

      But you’re right, it is fun, and I have to be constantly amused like a baby to keep my interest high. This is perfect!

  • Leslie Anne says:

    Oh thank you Sheila, I had so much fun! Wish you were in the class with me! I can’t wait to read all about your big trip to England. I hope you and the Queen had a marvelous time together!

  • Oh, Little Bitty Pretty One! You do amaze me! That is some way to Yogalikeize! 🙂 You look so cute and I’m so impressed by you standing almost on your cute little head! That’s a lovely old place too for their studio!
    Thanks for popping in to see me while I was off in jolly ole England!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

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