Acroyoga is the newest experience that’s taking Yoga Fever by storm. Simply put, it’s a form of partner yoga that combines yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. Among the two-person team, the person doing the lifter is called the base and the person being lifted is the flyer. We like to keep an instructor on hand to act as spotter too.
Why We Love Acroyoga:
This joyful practice is about having fun and challenging your body and mind in a new, fresh way. Often, we get so stuck in our daily rut of work, household chores, and family responsibilities that we fail to bring play and joy into our lives. And, let’s face it, we can take our yoga practice very seriously at times.
But in acroyoga, laughter is a regular, consistent component, brought together by the natural playfulness of bringing two energies together on one mat. The great thing about acroyoga is that it’s a form of building each other up – in the most literal sense.
Acroyoga is for Everyone (No Experience is Required):
One of the first responses we hear when holding an acroyoga class is “I could never do that!” Actually, YES you can. Just like traditional yoga, acro accepts you where you are and guides you through the necessary building blocks at whatever pace you need. Sure, some background with flexibility and strength makes the physicality of acro easier, but it’s definitely not a requirement. Acroyoga is physically demanding, but the communication you have with your partner is equally as important to helping you be successful.
The Best Partner for Acroyoga:
You may think that larger people do the lifting and smaller people do the flying; or that men lift and women fly. Not necessarily the case. You’ll find that technique is much more important than strength.
Honestly, the best partner in acroyoga is someone you can laugh with! I totally understand the intimidation factor that comes with this practice, so having an adventure buddy by your side will help you take that leap into an exciting new world of play and fitness. Whether it’s a stranger turned best friend, a significant other, or a sister – whoever you have the most fun with will be your best acro partner.
The Biggest Challenge in Acroyoga:
Hands down, the biggest challenge students of acroyoga face is trust. Our society is conditioned to tackle our tasks independently, stubbornly refusing to rely on others. Acro flips that norm on its head, creating a fun, safe space to return to the basics of what makes a strong community. You’re forced to have faith in one another, clearly and directly communicate your needs, learn to work together, and then fly – together.
Not only will you learn to trust your own strength and balance, but you’ll learn to extend that faith to another person. You have to give up some control when flying, but surrendering to the balance of your base offers a peace you can’t get anywhere else.
Are You Ready to Fly?
We’re hosting our next Acroyoga 101 for Beginners class on March 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m (not a heated class). In this partner based offering, we’ll explore basic stretches and partner drills, along with therapeutic flying, simple L basing, and standing poses. Rest assured, you will also learn partner safety and how to spot these poses with others! This 90-minute workshop is all about having fun and allowing yourself to play with new friends and old. Bring your sweetie, friend, or brother and let’s freakin’ fly!