Have More Fun: AcroYoga

Have More Fun: AcroYoga + More Trends

Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Do you want to go to the skies? Jason Nemer, the co-creator of AcroYoga, has asked me this question. What a provocative question: who among us hasn’t fantasized of flying? But, to be really honest, I’m a nervous wreck. Watching Nemer and his companion, Jenny Sauer-Klein, demonstrate their acrobatic yoga skills is a treat for the senses. A tiny group of onlookers oohs and ahhs in admiration of their spectacular maneuvers.

I’m positive I’m going to injure Nemer or at the very least fall flat on my face.

Nemer, on the other hand, grins.

As a result, I agree.

  • Before taking off, I ponder how I got here and why I would chose to put my faith in a complete stranger in this manner.
  • Then I find myself in the shape of Baddha Konasan (Bound Angle Pose), but upside down: Nemer’s feet are forced into the tops of my thighs, supporting me while my head hangs in the air.
  • Afterwards, he yells out another position.
  • No idea how I managed to roll over, but now his feet are on my low back, my head is at his chest, and my feet are at the level of his knees.
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) is what I’m doing here, but because I’m upside down, this backbend feels more likeUrdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose), but with more ease and freedom.
  • Every time we change positions, I get a little pang of anxiety and dread that I’m going to fall, but I manage to stay on my feet.
  • Having just experienced one type of fun being enjoyed by yoga practitioners who are letting loose—combining their love of asana with a passion for off-the-mat physical activities such as circus arts and theatrical productions, dance and outdoor adventure—I’m excited to share it with you.
  • I find myself smiling and feeling excited when dabbling with them.

Somewhere along the line, my practice has evolved into something more contemplative and melancholy, and I’ve lost sight of some of the pure joy that I used to experience. So here I am, taking a look at these new documents. In fact, I have to confess that they’re motivating.

Circus Circus

Before they met in 2003, AcroYoga founders Nemer and Sauer-Klein were both committed yoga practitioners who had completed teacher training programs. They were, however, much more than that: He was a professional acrobat, and she was a musical theater major who specialized in teaching circus arts to youngsters. Following a chance meeting through a mutual acquaintance, they joined together at San Francisco’s Circus Center, where they discovered a type of alchemy when they found themselves merging yoga with acrobatics.

  • Their Acro Yoga practice evolved over time as they integrated Thai massage techniques.
  • “There are purists and there are blenders in the world of music.
  • She began by learning to dance, then found Ashtanga yoga, and eventually finished her first teacher training under the guidance of renowned Ashtanga teacher David Swenson.
  • Sauer-Klein isn’t merely a sideshow performer.
  • Nemer concurs with this statement.
  • Krishnamacharya, the great master of modern yoga and teacher to luminaries such as T.K.V.
  • Iyengar, and K.

There are a number of people, including Nemer and Sauer-Klein, who are passionate about yoga and also enjoy high-flying circus acts.

OM Yoga instructor Michelle Dortignac of New York teaches Unnata Aerial Yoga utilizing tissu, a silky cloth used in circus arts that can be twisted to make a gentle harness.

She believes that it aids the body in making greater use of gravity, allowing it to enter into postures more deeply than it would otherwise be able to do on the ground.

“People become more animated, grin more, and relate more to one another,” she adds.

After then, the real fun may begin.

It’s a simple exercise in trust and being there for one another that naturally leads to the awareness of oneself and one’s surroundings that is required for practicing AcroYoga.

AcroYoga, according to Sauer-Klein, is mostly about the inward experience.

Individuals who practice AcroYoga can learn to use these skills in other aspects of their lives after they have mastered them in AcroYoga.

“We persuade ourselves that we are unable to achieve certain things,” Nemer explains.

During the first year after Nemer and Sauer-Klein began teaching other acroyogis, they had certified more than 25 more instructors.

“It’s in our nature to play,” Nemer explains. “In addition, we believe that self-discovery may be achieved via play.” (For a listing of classes in your area, see outacroyoga.org.)

Bathe in Ritual Waters

Story Frances, my six-year-old daughter, and I are about to walk inside a massive hotel ballroom. The fact that she’ll be staying up late for “the dance party” is evident in the way her eyes expand as we take in the scene: Some 300 people are sitting cross-legged on the floor, singing mantras; kirtanleader Jai Uttal is onstage, pumping the harmonium; a life-size statue of Nataraj (the dancing form of Lord Shiva) sits in the center of the room; and all around us, the walls are alive with ever-changing slides of Indian children, saints, and sacred cows.

  • It serves as a warm-up for an evening Yoga Trance Dance practice given by vinyasa flow teacher Shiva Rea in the next evening.
  • I ponder taking her into my house for a brief moment.
  • Mama, come and dance with me!” she exclaims.
  • Instead, everyone creates a circle around themselves.
  • She invites those of us who have gathered to close our eyes and wash ourselves in imagined water in preparation for the communal ritual that will take place tomorrow.

Dance Like No One Is Watching

Nothing is impossible when you listen to the music as it builds up an explosive arc of energy. And that’s the beauty of it: it’s unexpected. First-timers and long-time devotees both report feeling energized for many days following the session. The state of being “alive” allows you to be more creative while dealing with life and the outside world, according to Rea. “It’s a joyful state of being.” My daughter’s sleek tiny figure swirling with enjoyment makes me recall how much I used to enjoy dancing myself back in the day.

  • The germ of expression exists within everyone of us, and this event provides an opportunity to let it out.
  • “If you close your eyes, no one will be able to see you,” says my friend and yoga instructor Janet Stone, who has inspired me.
  • I’m very aware that people can see me and are likely to think I’m foolish, but I’ve decided to disregard their opinions.
  • “This is a high school asana!” Rea cries out while executing a groovy disco dance routine.
  • Everyone is now looking a bit silly, and we’re having a good time with it.
  • I watch as the crowd slowly drifts out of the circular arrangement into a free-for-all of dancing, yoga poses, and whatever else strikes their fancy.
  • Friends are laughing, making funny expressions, and generally having a good time.

My attention is drawn away from the story. Whenever I start to worry that I’ve lost her, I notice that she’s rocking out with a friend, and the two of them boogie back toward me. Finally, we exhaust ourselves and depart the site in an ecstatic state.

Dancing in the Dark

For Rea, including yoga, ritual, and dance into her practice is very natural. She began exploring yoga on her own at a young age, inspired by the name her father gave her. She eventually became a certified yoga instructor. Later, she studied dance anthropology at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where she also traveled to Africa and Asia to observe and document dance. Yoga Trance Dance was born on Rea’s first trip to Africa, when she heard drums banging and realized she had found her calling.

  1. “There was always a dance to accompany every significant occasion.” Yoga Trance Dance has been compared as a party, but without the use of illegal substances.
  2. “It is the purpose that distinguishes one from another.” Yoga may be a terrific physical workout; yet, when practiced with intention, it can also serve as a catalyst for personal development and spiritual enlightenment for those who participate.
  3. Rea hopes that people will be exposed to movement as a therapeutic art and that they will connect with the planet and with one another.
  4. (For further information, see www.shivarea.com.) “Dance has allowed me to broaden my yoga practice and living experience,” adds Rea.
  5. “They are really complimentary to one another.” Others who have combined dancing and yoga agree with me.
  6. Morissette, the twin brother of pop diva Alanis, is currently touring the country in support of Bliss Dances, his latest album (his version of Yoga Trance Dance).
  7. Participants in the monthly “Liberation Lounge” sessions at New York’s Jivamukti Yoga School are blindfolded by a yogi named Parashakti, allowing them to move freely without having to worry about how they appear to others.
  8. What do you think, maybe once a year?
  9. As a result, we tell ourselves that we can’t,” Rea explains.

Walk the Line

I stand there and watch Sam Salwei and Jason Magness, the YogaSlackers, do yoga postures while balancing on a slackline, which is a stretch of flat nylon webbing about an inch wide. It resembles a tightrope, but it has more bounce, and it is just a foot or two above the ground while it is in use. Magness and Salwei had the appearance of Burning Man goers, what with their curls and dreadlocks and well-worn clothes. These nomads, on the other hand, are thoughtful athletes. Magness explains that balancing on a slackline requires core strength as well as awareness of one’s breathing.

  • Salwei refers to it as “meditation for ADD people” since it requires you to go within yourself in order to achieve quiet.
  • According to Magness, “the slackline is humbling—it completely crushes your ego.” When we’re grownups, we don’t like to do new activities unless we’re already really proficient at them.
  • According to Salwei, “On the line, we’re always finding and developing new things.” “You do your own thing, but we’re like a bunch of kids who are supporting each other, providing advice, laughing, and trying new things.
  • Tradition slacklining, a form of movement meditation that may be practiced as a form of art in and of itself, or as a form of preparation for sports such as climbing and gymnastics, was taught to him by a friend in 2000.
  • Originally from North Dakota, Magness and Salwei met in 2002 when Magness started a rock-climbing gym in the state.
  • Salwei was employed by Magness, who later introduced him to the practice of yoga.

According to Magness, “we were learning with 123B.K.S.125 Iyengar and these wonderful gurus for more than six hours a day.” Consequently, we’d go outdoors and play on the slackline as a way of releasing tension.

Fall, and Get Back Up

The YogaSlackers, Sam Salwei and Jason Magness, do yoga postures while balancing on an inch-wide piece of flat nylon webbing. I am fascinated by their performance. Although it has the appearance of being a tightrope, it has more bounce, and it is stretched only a foot or two above the surface of the water. Magness and Salwei had the appearance of Burning Man goers, what with their curls and dreadlocks, and their well-worn clothing. These nomadic athletes, on the other hand, are thoughtful. It takes core strength and awareness of one’s breathing to balance on a slackline, adds Magness.

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Due to the fact that you must delve within oneself in order to achieve calm, Salwei refers to it as ” meditation for ADD persons.” There can’t be any other thoughts running through your head, according to him.

“As adults, we are reluctant to explore new things unless we are already proficient in them.

According to Salwei, “in the line, we’re always discovering and inventing.” “You do your own thing, but we’re like a bunch of kids who are encouraging each other, providing advice, laughing, and trying new things.” It evokes a sense of community while still being lighthearted.” Magness, a competitive athlete, attributes his increased rock climbing, triathlon, and adventure-racing results to the practice of Pranayama and meditation.

  • Tradition slacklining, a form of movement meditation that may be practiced as a form of art in and of itself, or as a preparation for sports such as climbing and gymnastics, was taught to him by a friend in the year 2000.
  • They first met in 2002, when Magness founded a rock-climbing gym in North Dakota, and have been together ever since.
  • Salwei was employed by Magness, who later introduced him to the practice of Yoga.
  • According to Magness, “we were learning with 123B.K.S.125 Iyengar and these wonderful gurus for more than six hours a day”.

Want to Fly? 7 Must-Try AcroYoga Poses

Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Why try Acro? Short answer: Fun. This hybrid method integrating acrobatics and healing arts like Thai massage with yoga can help you take the next step in your practice by connecting you with others while developing strength, body awareness, and fun. It will push you out of your comfort zone and require that you develop your trust muscle,” explains Deven Sisler, lead AcroYoga teacher on Wanderlust’s 2015 tour.

These positions require a base (the person closest to the ground, who supports the flyer), a flyer, and a spotter.

Then do hold Plank Pose for 30 seconds to burn up your core.

SAFETYD uring the sequence, if a position seems unpleasant or the flyer is on the edge of falling, the base, flyer, or spotter can say “down.” Then everyone brings the flyer safely to the ground.

After each posture, alternate responsibilities so that everyone may attempt basing, flying, and spotting. Want to see how it works? Watch ourAcro 101 Video

Partner Warm-Up: Reverse Hand-to-Hand Push-Ups

No matter how advanced your AcroYoga practice is, this hand connection is an essential partner mudra (hand gesture) to have in your repertoire. REVERSE HAND-TO-HAND GRIP Assume that both the base and the flyer are wearing mittens, with their fingers together and their thumbs out. The flyer’s fingers are pointing in the direction of the base’s face. During the flyer’s clasping of the base’s hands, the base rotates its hands out to the side at a 45-degree angle. The base and flyer hold their arms straight for the duration of the breath cycle, resulting in a single long line running from the base’s shoulder through the linked hands to the flyer’s shoulder.

Both the base and the flyer inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up, keeping the abdominal muscles engaged throughout the exercise.

Front Plank

When performed on the ground, this flying stance is similar to Plank Pose, but with added support. Because there are four points of contact, both the base and the flyer can experiment with how the equilibrium is achieved. GETTING STARTED Base: Lie down on your back with your heels over your hips for this position. The flyer should stand facing your base with their glutes almost touching your toes. Beginning with your feet at the hipbones of the flyer, bend your knees a bit to connect in a reverse hand-to-hand hold, then repeat with your other feet.

  • FLYFlyer: Base: Begin by receiving the weight of your flyer in your feet with straight arms, then straighten your legs and stack your heels precisely over your hips, keeping your knees slightly bent if your hamstrings are tight.
  • Spotter: Take up a position adjacent to the flyer’s waist.
  • The flyer should engage his or her core and let the base to lift him or her off the ground.
  • Locust Pose:Push into the hand connection and elevate your toes as if you were in Flyer Pose.
  • GET DOWN TO EARTH Base: Bring the flyer’s feet down to the ground by bending your legs.

Chair Pose (Utkatasana) on Shins

In addition to increasing leg strength, maintaining parallel shins to the floor will help to create confidence. In order to fly, the flyer must learn to trust the unequal support beneath their feet. GETTING STARTED Stack your knees over your hips and maintain your legs approximately hip-width apart as a starting position. Take a reverse hand-to-hand hold on the ball of your big toe, which should be at the top of the base’s shin/bottom of the kneecap, and then fly. Place your second foot on the other shin of the base and rise up, pressing your arms into powerful straight positions.

For more or less support, your flyer may instruct you to experiment with the angle at which your shins are in relation to the floor.

This stance has the potential to devolve rapidly, so keep an eye on it!

Then, while sitting back in Chair Pose, extend your arms forward and upward.

Maintain your position for three breath cycles. GET DOWN TO EARTH Take a deep breath and slowly move back into Tadasana, then clasp the base’s palms together and step off with control. Additionally, check out 6 Yoga-Inspired Barre Poses to Try.

High-Flying Whale

For the flyer’s upper thoracic spine, this is a mild yet deep backbend that will strengthen the muscles. It necessitates a bit more balancing ability on the part of the foundation. With the aid of the spotter, it is possible to convey requirements between the base and the flyer. Start by standing at the base’s head with your heels touching their shoulders, as if you were going to fly them. Base:Tend your toes toward the flyer’s waist as you step forward. As the flyer leans back, your heels should be positioned such that they are about the top of their shoulder blades.

  • Flyer: As you lie back and place your back on the base’s feet, reach behind grab the ankles of the players.
  • As the flyer becomes lighter as a result of the fact that you are carrying more weight than they are, keep your arms straight.
  • Flyer: Remain still and breathe deeply for a total of ten breath cycles.
  • Spotter: If the flyer’s position becomes a little shaky, place your hands around their hips and gently lower their feet to the ground to stabilize them.
  • As a starting point, gradually lower the flyer’s feet toward the ground, keeping them as near to your shoulders as possible while softly pressing into the flyer’s upper back with your toes.

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

This deeper backbend needs a bit more faith on your part. During the transition from High-Flying Whale to Camel, it is critical for both the base and the flyer to convey that their knees are comfortable. If they don’t, return to the ground and start over. FlyBase: Begin with the flyer in High-Flying Whale and progress from there. Inviting the flyer to slowly bend one leg at a time is a good idea. Decide which leg will be bent first by gently squeezing the other leg’s leg (asking for left or right can be confusing when you are flying).

For three breaths, try bending one leg first, then the other.

Place your hand at the top of the flyer’s shin if you or your partner requires more assistance.

GET DOWN TO EARTH Flyer:Return to the High-Flying Whale by taking the same route back down.

Spectator:Hover your hands over the flyer’s hips and gently lower their feet to the ground if the stance becomes shaky. Assist the flyer in getting back to his feet. Also check AcroYoga Secrets to Flying for more information.

Back Bird

There is a bit more confidence required for this deeper backbend. While transitioning from High-Flying Whale to Camel, both the base and the flyer must convey that their knees are feeling okay. Otherwise, return to the ground and restart. The flyer in High-Flying Whale is a good place to get things going. To encourage someone to bend one leg at a time, ask them to do it slowly and steadily on one leg. Give a little pressure to the limb on which they will initially bend to determine which one they will bend first (asking for left or right can be confusing when you are flying).

  1. For three breaths, try one leg bent and then the other.
  2. Base: If you or the flyer needs extra support, place your hand at the top of the flyer’s shin.
  3. BRING YOURSELF TO THE FLOOR.
  4. Spectator:Hover your hands over the flyer’s hips and gently push their feet to the ground if the stance becomes shaky.
  5. Also read AcroYoga Secrets to Flying for further information.

Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana)

Many yogis feel the Acro form of Boat to be simpler than the regular version on the ground, owing to the fact that the base’s feet can assist the flyer in lifting higher in the position. FLYFlyer: Begin in the Back Bird position. Pulling in the abdominal muscles and bringing the inner legs together can help you curl up. Lift steadily into the Boatvariation that you are most comfortable with and breathe for seven breath cycles to complete the lift. Watch out for everyone’s safety by instructing the base to maintain their heels stacked over their hips.

  • Return to the Back Bird with the COME DOWNFlyer Clasp the ankles of the base.
  • NEXT Check in with your group of friends.
  • Is there anything you could do differently next time to be more helpful, either verbally or physically?
  • You’re looking for additional ideas?

Why Should I Try AcroYoga?

It’s enjoyable It’s easily accessible It helps to build COMMUNITY. WHAT EXACTLY IS ACROYOGA? AcroYoga incorporates aspects of low acrobatics with partner yoga to create a fun, approachable practice that everyone can do. People alternate between the positions of flyer (person at the top of the hierarchy), base (person at the bottom of the hierarchy), and spotter (person in charge of safety). When you were a youngster, did you ever get the chance to play aircraft on someone’s feet? That, my friends, is ACROYOGA!

  • There are Acro lessons, which are structured and educational, and then jams, which are typically held outside in public spaces when the weather is nice and the people are friendly.
  • That’s what AcroYoga is all about.
  • To actually explore with your body in space, to move, and to not be concerned about whether you’re doing well or poorly?
  • In allowing yourself to get at a point where you don’t know what you’re doing and figuring out the postures and movements.
  • You can’t avoid talking to other people, but being shy won’t prevent you from putting your skills to the test.
  • Because it is a team sport, you can only be successful if you work together.
  • Is ACROYOGA appropriate for introverts?
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While the majority of Acro individuals may be classified as extremely sociable and extroverted, this is not always the case for everyone.

Expect that people to approach you and speak with you.

↠ ACROYOGA IS SUITABLE FOR ALL BODY SIZES You are not need to be in good shape!

A big amount of AcroYoga is designed for persons of same size (or similar in size), so that people may fly and base on one another while practicing.

Regardless of whether you believe yourself to be light, it will make you feel light.

even if you don’t consider yourself to be very awesome in general.

↠ WITH A HEALTHY TOUCH AcroYoga allows those of us who are a bit apprehensive about being touched to become more comfortable with someone else’s touch.

As a result, AcroYoga provides a safe space for healthy contact within clearly defined boundaries.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” “I’m not in good shape,” and “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Current Acro practitioners often like teaching novices and witnessing the delight of newcomers when they discover Acro for the first time in their lives.

We were all complete novices once at a time.

AcroYoga classes are available in a large number of yoga studios around the United States (and the world).

In general, jams are informally planned, take place outside, and are an excellent way to try Acro for the first few times.

↠ ARE YOU READY TO GO ACRO?

Ensure you have a pleasant mindset, a bottle of water, and clothes that allows you to move freely.

Bring a yoga mat, picnic blanket, or towel to sit on if you’re going to be stuck in traffic. Do you have a well-behaved, adorable dog? That’s never a terrible thing to do. Play it safe and have a good time!

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On the beach or in the park, you’ve most likely seen individuals doing Acro Yoga exercises, haven’t you? They appeared to be moving smoothly, seamlessly transitioning from one AcroYoga motion to another as if they were in a dance. After becoming inquisitive, you decide to give it a shot. What are your thoughts? Since Acro Yoga has been increasingly popular in the previous decade, you are most certainly not alone in your thoughts. In this article, we will explain what Acro Yoga is and the benefits it provides (aside from being entertaining!

So let us begin with the fundamentals!

What is Acro Yoga?

Acro Yoga, as the name implies, is a blend of yoga and acrobatics in which two or more people perform stunning figures with their bodies elevated above the ground. It needs flexibility, balance, strength, and a great deal of faith. In addition to the physical touch, mutual support, regular communication, and in-depth comprehension of each other’s bodily indicators, it is an excellent technique for fostering close ties among practitioners. Did we mention that it’s entertaining?

A little history of AcroYoga

Acro Yoga is a form of yoga that has its origins in Acrobatics as well. It’s difficult to pinpoint who was the inspiration behind Acro Yoga. Yoga teacher T. Krishnamacharya is shown in a 1938 film assisting a toddler in some backbend stretches on his back and legs. AcroSageinversion therapy, developed by Benjamin Marantz in 1985, combines inverted flying positions with massage methods to provide a more current treatment option. Contact Yoga was developed by Ken Nateshvar Scott when he was still in his twenties, allowing the solo practice to take on a more communal component.

Acro Yoga is a kind of exercise that incorporates dance, yoga, and acrobatics.

The basics of Acro Yoga

In an Acro Yoga session, there are two core roles (base and flyer), as well as a third function (spotter), which is highly encouraged, especially if you are a novice. It is important that theBase be in solid contact with the ground, which is generally done with the entire back. Initially, you might believe that lifting another person requires a lot of physical strength, but as you acquire more expertise, you will realize that the key is to maintain your legs and arms “bone-stacked” (that is, perpendicular to the ground).

  • The base may sustain the flyer or even other portions of the body with the help of its feet and hands, depending on the situation.
  • Lifting from a solid foundation, the flyer flies through the air while striking both static and dynamic positions.
  • It generally takes some time for a flyer to build a strong connection with their base, but once this has been accomplished, the flyer may comfortably transition from one move to the next.
  • Your “safe landings” will be taken care of by the Spotter should you lose your footing.

A team of spotters will stand beside the base and the flyer, with their only objective being to ensure that no one is injured. They will not be actively engaging in the forms (besides giving some useful suggestions from an external perspective). Get a spotter to keep you safe!

The benefits of Acro Yoga

Acro Yoga is a great deal of fun! It is a natural mood enhancer, releasing your natural adrenaline and endorphins in the process. It brings people together, dismantles obstacles and biases against physical contact with a stranger, and facilitates the formation of new friendships. It encourages a strong connection with the other practitioner and improves communication, including nonverbal communication. Because of the unperceivable motions, it increases your sensitivity to comprehend your companion.

  1. Acro Yoga improves your ability to pay attention and concentrate.
  2. Once you gain confidence in one form, it becomes more difficult to discover other ones.
  3. A frequent practice will, without a doubt, assist you in developing trust in other people, hence promoting stronger human interactions.
  4. Starting with increased flexibility, progressing to a stronger core and muscles, as well as greater fatigue resistance.
  5. Your joints will become stronger while also becoming more flexible at the same time.
  6. In a specific method, Acro Yoga can have therapeutic effects, integrating massage techniques with inversions and regressions to create a holistic experience.
  7. It has benefits for the base as well: it aids in the development of a strong feeling of duty and consideration for others.
  8. Folded Leaf is a fundamental therapeutic posture in which one person is inverted and supported on the vertical legs of the other partner, allowing the other partner’s hands to be free to massage the back of the other partner.

How to start learning Acro Yoga

Yoga or acrobatics practitioners who have a background in the arts may choose to practice on their own, experimenting with different forms and balances. Self-discovery and learning by doing are both beneficial approaches to studying this technique; however, we prefer that you study Acro Yoga with an experienced instructor who will take you through all of the learning phases necessary by this method while minimizing the danger of injury. The rising popularity of this method has resulted in an increase in the number of centers, yoga schools, and Acro Yoga communities that now provide courses and seminars in the technique.

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you may join monthly Acro Yoga events, known as jams, where enthusiasts and experienced practitioners get together to practice, explore, and share their knowledge of this social branch of Yoga, which is usually provided for free.

If you reside in Thailand, you will very certainly come across various organizations in Koh Phangan, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai that provide workshops and even retreats for people.

Push-ups, abdominal training, or even a good power yoga session will help you build your upper body strength, particularly in the arms and core.

In terms of technique, you should seek the advice of a professional. It is one of the most significant skills you will acquire is bone stacking, which assists the base in discharging the weight of a flyer on the ground through the bones of the flyer.

Tips for beginners

  • Get in touch with an Acro Yoga group (or, at the very least, a partner, because Acro Yoga is for two!) A community will encourage you, assist you in maintaining your practice, and allow you to share the collective knowledge. Apart from that, it’s more entertaining. Build a trusting connection with your partner, get to know one another, and be honest with one another
  • When practicing, there is no lying. Take it slow and methodically, even if your profession is yoga or aerial arts
  • Be modest and take it step by step. If you are in a group, it is a good habit to begin the session with a sharing circle, which encourages transparency. First, warm up your entire body gently by exploring all of your muscles and joints and performing some simple stretching of each section (elongate, rotate, and move freely)
  • Then, continue on to the next step. Change to a more dynamic warm-up, followed by a few sun salutations or any other asana sequence of your choosing, followed by some partner yoga. Begin with your partner in the following manner: from a standing posture, the flyer leans on the base, resting his or her feet on the groin or holding on with a handgrip The base bears the weight of the flyer, who leans forward when they leave the balancing point, totally relying on their base to provide support for them. The flyer will be gradually pushed away from the base and returned to a standing position. This should be done several times to discover a suitable contact place and become acquainted with one another. To begin, start with a simple stance (see our list below) and continue to more complex ones only when both of you are comfortable with them. Pay attention to your balance, and look for that sweet spot that allows you to maintain your equilibrium smoothly. Starting with a few seconds, it will gradually build in duration and intensity. Maintain a healthy pace and take rests
  • It’s possible that switching roles will help you better grasp stances and motions from different viewpoints. A spotter should be there to provide additional security as well as collect some comments from outside
  • Always remember to be patient and gentle to yourself, since it takes time to get a good balance, a strong connection with your partner, and a solid technique.
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The most popular acro yoga positions

Get in touch with an Acro Yoga group (or, at the very least, a partner, as Acro Yoga is for two!) A supportive community will keep you motivated, assist you in maintaining your practice, and allow you to share the collective expertise of the group members. It is also more entertaining. Construct an honest connection with your partner, get to know one another, and be honest with oneself. When practicing, there is no lying allowed! Be humble and take it step by step, no matter how accomplished you are as a yogi or an acrobat.

Change to a more dynamic warm-up, followed by a few sun salutations or any other asana sequence of your choosing, followed by some partner yoga Starting from a standing posture, the flyer leans on the base with his or her feet firmly planted on the crotch or holding onto it with a handgrip to get the ball rolling.

  • Using gentle pushes, the base will return the flyer to his or her original upright posture.
  • Concentrate on finding the sweet spot that keeps you in balance without thinking about it too much.
  • Maintain a healthy pace and take pauses.
  • Always remember to be patient and gentle to yourself, since it takes time to get a good balance, a strong connection with your partner, and a sound technique.

Front Plank

Find an Acro Yoga club (or at the very least a partner, because Acro Yoga is for two!). A community will inspire you, assist you in maintaining your practice, and allow you to share collective expertise. Besides, it’s more entertaining. Build a trusting connection with your partner, get to know each other, and be honest with each other; when practicing, there is no lying. Be modest and take it step by step, regardless of whether you are a yogi or an acrobat. To foster openness, it is a good practice to begin the session with a sharing circle (if you are in a group).

The base bears the weight of the flyer, who exits the balancing point leaning forward, totally relying on their foundation to sustain them.

This should be done several times to discover a good contact place and become acquainted with one another; Begin with a simple stance (see our list below) and graduate to more complex ones only when both of you are comfortable with them.

It will be only a few seconds at first, and later it will become longer; Take it easy and take breaks; It’s possible that switching roles will help you better grasp postures and motions from both sides.

Front Bird

Exactly like the Front Plank, but without the hands! The flyer releases the base’s grasp and stretches his arms backwards once both of you are comfortable. The base can keep their arms up for further protection (to grab the flyer just in case).

Bow

Taking off from Front Bird, the flyer extends their hands back to grip the feet while simultaneously pulling their chest upwards. The base raises their feet to assist the flyer who is pulling his chest up. The flyer takes several calm and deep breaths.

Whale

The flyer positions their feet on either side of the base’s neck, with their feet pointing in the opposite direction as the base’s direction of travel. The base grips the flyer’s ankles and places their feet on the flyer’s upper back, squeezing them together. While leaning backwards, the flyer utilizes the core muscles. The base initially bends the flyer’s legs, then pulls the flyer’s back upwards while supporting their ankles on the way up to the top. The flyer has the ability to raise their arms over their heads.

Folded Leaf

This stance serves as the foundation for therapeutic Acro Yoga (the base can massage the back of the flyer). The base positions their feet on the crotch of the flyer in the normal manner, but with their toes turned slightly out (this will give the flyer more space for the next movement). From Front Plank, the flyer releases his or her grip on the base’s hands and leans forward toward the base’s knees, as shown. To come out, link the hands like you would in Front Plank, and the base will gently lead the flyer back to the ground as it would in Front Plank (allowing enough time for the flyer to recover from a long inversion).

Conclusions

That was the end of it! Hopefully, this acroyoga for beginners instruction has been beneficial. Acro Yoga is a really enjoyable exercise that allows you to socialize with your peers while also opening up, becoming stronger, and more flexible. Besides being therapeutic, it provides several health advantages for the body and mind as well as relationships. It is simple to learn new positions and to play with different variations of them. It’s a lot of fun to go to the beach or to the park with some buddies and practice.

We strongly encourage you to engage in this practice and urge you to attend one of our courses at Samma Karuna or the next open workshop.

Everything You Need to Know About AcroYoga and Why It’s So Fun, According to a Pro

Many of my friends like yogaas just much as I do, but our practices seldom actually cross paths because we are in different places at different times. Even on the rare instances that we were able to attend a session together, it was never a collaborative effort until we got to the floor. The fact that AcroYoga instructions can be really collaborative was something I didn’t understand until a random YouTuber suggested I look at them. Performing postures while entwined in a social setting appeared to be a delightful challenge for the two persons involved in the presentation.

  • In addition, she explains that “the primary concepts of AcroYoga are trust, connection, and playfulness.” As a social type of yoga that draws people together, “AcroYoga is about more than just bringing your practice to a higher level,” says the instructor.
  • ), you’ll understand how much you have to let go and rely in others’ strength — a technique that Karides thinks can be applied to everyday life.
  • With the assistance of a partner, Karides explains that tough postures in your solo practice can be completed safely and effectively, while simultaneously teaching your body how to gain strength and loosen up in new ways.
  • However, after individuals give it a try, they discover that it all comes down to trust and technique “Karides expresses himself.
  • AcroYoga is suitable for people of all fitness levels, and while prior yoga experience may be advantageous, it is not required.
  • Don’t allow the dearth of available yoga studios deter you from getting started.
  • As Karides explains, working on advanced poses with the same partner may be advantageous since you and that person will be able to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of each other’s bodies as a result of the experience.
  • Having a third person (such as a roommate or a family member in your household!) participate as a spotter is an excellent approach to reduce the risk of injury.

Even the thought of holding my roommate in the air as she floats in yoga positions makes me laugh — and I have a feeling the laughter will be relentless once we actually do AcroYoga for real. More health and wellness articles, recommendations, and news may be found by clicking here.

Blending yoga and gymnastics into a fun workout

A Denver Water engineer has turned his off-the-clock pastime into a series of innovative and amusing activities. Mike Davies and his girlfriend, Tiffany, are enjoying the wonderful outdoors in Colorado while practicing acroyoga. Photograph courtesy of Mike Davies. A climbing gym in New York City welcomed Mike Davies four years ago, and he was intrigued by a group of individuals engaged in what looked to be a cross between yoga and gymnastics. Acroyoga is the name of the sport, which is a blend of partner yoga and acrobatics.

I was watching individuals practice acroyoga for the first time when one of them recognized me and asked, ‘Do you like to play?’ My initial reaction was one of surprise, and I had no idea what to respond other than, “Of course?” Davies expressed himself.

As Davies explained, “It made sense when I discovered that practicing acroyoga is technically referred to as ‘play’.” Davies, a civil engineer with Denver Water’s infrastructure and engineering division who specializes in pipe joint repair projects, has been practicing acroyoga for four years and is certified in the practice.

Photograph courtesy of Mike Davies.

“L” postures, in which one person lies down to function as the foundation while the other person (the flyer) balances on their legs, are the first positions that acroyoga novices learn to accomplish.

When Davies and Tiffany were at a Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga event, they demonstrated a posture that featured, well, baby goats.

Photograph courtesy of Mike Davies.

Davies and his girlfriend, Tiffany, enjoy practicing acroyoga together on a regular basis.

According to Davies, there are a number of high-level circus artists in Denver and Boulder who are also into acroyoga.

“We had the opportunity to study acroyoga from persons who were quite knowledgeable.” While enjoying Colorado’s beautiful scenery, Davies and Tiffany engage in some acroyoga.

“A lot of people assume you have to be incredibly large and powerful to do acroyoga, but it’s more about stacking your joints right and coordinating with your partner to understand each other’s balance,” Davies explained.

However, when gyms were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they turned to acroyoga at their homes.

During a contest hosted by their housing building for the best pandemic pastime, the couple entered a video of an acroyoga sequence and received first place.

Especially if you enroll in a class, the people are “very kind and inviting,” Davies added.

“If you see someone practicing acroyoga in a park and want to join in, all you have to do is ask if you can play,” Davies explained. “They’ll understand completely and will more than likely welcome you into their home.”

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