You can find my husband and I worshiping every Sunday here in Houston! In fact, Slacklining is how we met, got married, and how we spend a lot of our time together.
Almost 3 years ago, I attended Wanderlust 108 and stepped on a line for the very first time. There I met all of my current friends, my husband, and what I would soon find out, a life-long devotion. I was captivated by the slackline and stayed at the YogaSlackers station that entire day. I wasn’t supposed to be able to walk, day 1, but by the end of the session, I was walking, turning, and sit starting. I instantly felt a connection with the line and the sport and was hooked.
For the first time, in a very long time, I had found something that put me into flow. I have been dealing with severe anxiety and OCD my entire life. When I was in high school and college, I was a highly competitive gymnast. I was able to achieve a flow state almost daily. What I found was that when you’re in flow, your mind is quiet. You can’t be anxious when there is nothing to hear. You are fully present and expressing yourself and who you are in that moment and at that time. Flow profoundly helps me manage my mental health.
As an adult, without gymnastics, I was struggling to manage my mind. I could not find an activity that could put me in flow, like gymnastics could…until slacklining. Through the powerful mind-body connection I establish on the line, I began having creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Even MORE so then when I was a gymnast! (It has, always was, and always will be about Balance. In life, on the beam, in work and play, on the mat, and on the line.)
My breakthroughs and ability to manage my mental health is in part due to the community. My local Slackline Houston community is nothing short of family. The encouragement, stoke, sincerity, and kindness I feel from the larger slack community is unmatched, hands down. I look forward to any and all interactions with the slack community because I always leave feeling lighter and happy to be alive.
After first meeting at Wanderlust, Bevan and I quickly became best friends. We truly bonded over slacklining. We jammed every week, took many slack trips together, and grew closer and closer until we decided to elope last summer in the slackrament of holy matrimony. We chose to “tie the knot” in the park, with a slackline. I’m serious….we literally tied the knot with a slackline! (It’s a real ceremony and it’s called hand fasting). It is THAT important to us!! Slacklining is what brought us together, and now we are bound together in love and with Maverick (Slack FR).