Do you remember how fun it was to play as kids? Do you remember your parents flying you through the air like an airplane? Well while adults grow up there is a way to recapture that playfulness and get a great safe workout in as well.
Adding Acro to your life is likely to result in:
- Experiencing more joy
- Practicing compassionate communication skills
- Cultivation loving kindness (metta)
- Taking more risks in your daily life
- Making new friends
- Building community
- Feeling centered
- Expanding the full spectrum of your being
- Enjoying life as play
- Releasing fear
- Embracing the unknown
- Surpassing the limitations of the mid
- Communing with the divine
~What is AcroYoga?
AcroYoga (Acro) is a form of partner acrobatics, usually involving one person (the flyer) being lifted or supported by another (the base). What we call AcroYoga spills over into various schools of acrobatics from Adagio in ballet, to competitive cheer, to Icarian Games under the Big Top. It borrows elements of Yoga, Dance, and Gymnastics. It can be practiced as a performing art, choreographed to your favorite music, as a way of improving your physical fitness, or as a means of closely connecting with another person in quiet meditation. You can glide smoothly through “washing machines”, dive into poses with dynamic “whips”, or get some hang time with “pops.” It may be a partner activity, but how you Acro, what your goals are, and what your practice means to you are entirely yours to decide.
~Why do it?
AcroYoga can be beneficial in a million small ways, but let me narrow it down to my three favorites. Physically: You will build the strength, balance, flexibility, and control to find your pose or move through transitions gracefully. Mentally: You will revisit basic principles of physics like the lever and fulcrum, assess potential safety risks and how to minimize them, and remember a bunch of new and totally nonsensical names for poses! Spiritually: You will be asked to trust your partner and to accept trust in return, communicate what you need from your partner to achieve the goal, and to forgive and be forgiven when you don’t achieve what you were going for.
~How to Prepare?
Close-fitting clothes are best. Leggings, bike shorts, camisole tanks, sports bras. Just keep in mind there is a good chance you will be upside down! Long hair is best in a high bun or braided. This is generally a barefoot sport, but if you want to wear socks, we recommend the yoga socks with toes and sole grips. Because of the intimate nature of Acro, practicing good personal hygiene is only polite. Keep in mind if you have animals that others may be allergic to your pets, so do your best to leave the fuzz at home. Please let the instructors know if you have any pre-existing injuries that limit your mobility or cause pain (back, wrists, knees, and ankles especially). And like any group fitness activity… it’s hard work, bring water!