Tying and Flying: Beginning Self-Suspension with Shay Tiziano

  • Hosted by VoxBody Studio
  • Oakland, CA -
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VoxBody is thrilled to offer another date for this beloved class with Shay Tiziano!

Self-suspension can be used for dynamic movement, intense sensation, performance, education for partnered bondage, ritual, and more. After discussing general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, participants will tie a chest and hip harness, practice support line skills, and tie through a basic face-up self-suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion.

Prerequisites: This class is intended as a "101" level introduction to self-suspension. Attendees should have extensive experience tying on the ground (both topping and bottoming or self-tying) and be very comfortable with non-cinching single column ties. To self-suspend in class, participants should have the risk and body awareness to participate at a level that is safe(r) for them. (Please consult your doctor if you’re unsure.) 

Supplies: A basic self-suspension kit, including two synthetic uplines (we recommend POSH). At least four suspension-worthy carabiners and either a suspension ring or rigging plate; OR a minimum of six carabiners without a ring or a rigging plate. Some supplies may be available to borrow—please contact Shay with any questions. 

This class partially utilizes an “inverted classroom” format. We will send pre-requisite articles and links to the basic harnesses a few weeks before the class. We will ask that you review these before coming to class. We will tie the harnesses together as a group, so you do not have to have them memorized (don’t stress)! If folks arrive already having some familiarity with these ties, we’ll be able to spend the class time polishing and enhancing your skills and focusing on “in-air” practice. Note that these ties are also in Tying & Flying—we will include the page info, as well! :-)


  • Class from 2 - 6pm, doors open at 1:30pm
  • Class size is limited to ensure everyone has "air time" and personalized instruction. There will be a hard point for each attendee. 
  • Each attendee may bring one non-tying "spotter" if they would like, but this is not required. 
  • You will need a basic self-suspension kit. There will be some supplies available to borrow, please contact Shay with any questions. 

About the Instructor: 

Shay Tiziano (she/her or they/them) is a dynamic bondage performer and renowned self-suspender known for their innovative, intense performances and friendly, attainable, and risk-awareness-focused approach to kink education. She is the author of Tying & Flying, the first-ever book about self-suspension, and Creating Captivating Classes, the first-ever book specifically for kink, sexuality, and relationship educators. Based in San Francisco, Shay is the stages & entertainment co-lead for the Folsom Street Fair and produces the acclaimed bondage and fetish performance event Twisted Windows. She has hosted events including BENT, Rope Lab, and Friction, as well as curating performance showcases for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival Aerial & Bondage Stage, Tethered TogetherRopecraft, and San Francisco Pride’s Leather Alley.


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