For those of you that don’t know, Acro Yoga is short for Acrobatic yoga. And I’ll just be blunt and tell you, you should practice Acro Yoga! There are many different styles of acro yoga that vary from a therapeutic approach where you are soothed with Thai massage in between movements, to the eye catching flows that look more like a circus act. Either way one thing always remains the same with acro yoga, there is always you and a partner, and some even get fancy enough to include as many as 6 or 7 even more partners fused together in a synchronized harmony of movement.
Acro yoga is a beautiful practice, it is primarily based off of balancing each other’s weight with positive and negative forces of gravity and flowing with grace throughout this process. Not an easy task when you’re holding your partner upside down as they spin round n round like a washing machine on one foot! Okay we’re not all doing things like this in the acro yoga world, this would be a more advanced variation. But none the less you could totally be one of those whirly twirly birds flying in paradise with your partner, with some diligent focus and practice.
Now I’m no expert Acro Yogi, I’ve only taken a handful of workshops but even in this short amount of time I was able to experience the transformative effects of this unique practice. We can learn so much from Acro Yoga, about ourselves, our partners and just the power of connection with one another in general! Acro Yoga is truly a one of a kind practice, and here’s a few reasons why I think YOU should start (yes I am talking to YOU silly)…
- Well for starters Acro Yoga is sure to get you out of your comfort zone, in a good way of course! Are you one of those people who see’s the beautiful inspiring posts on Instagram and wonders, “how do they do that?, I wish I could do that!” Well if your one of those people don’t feel bad that you haven’t gone to a class. It is scary and a little uncomfortable walking into a classroom to try something new you have no clue if your even capable of doing. But this is the first step to getting out of your comfort zone, walk into a workshop you wont be disappointed in yourself. In fact you will surprise yourself at how STRONG and able you are. You will be amazed at how dynamic and adaptable you are to situations and subtle movements. In short acro will challenge you and help you realize that you are much more competent than you could have imagined.
- Acro Yoga builds TRUST! When there are two people moving in a very specific way with a spotter grounded in supporting the flyer who is flying above you…and the ground, there needs to be a quality sense of trust. This ability to trust one another from crashing to the ground happens all through the ability to communicate. The communication in acro yoga happens in many ways, whether its through touch by squeezing a hand to infer a levitation of the hand or maybe its through voicing a gentle encouragement to place your foot a little higher into the hip for more stability. Either way when you practice acro yoga you are guaranteed to learn more efficient, considerate ways to communicate. And these new tools will greatly effect your everyday relationships with your friends, family boss, heck it may even help you save your romantic relationship or job.
- The most compelling reason I am attracted to acro yoga is because the practice attracts a certain community of individuals who are just open, loving and compassionate. To be able to flow in a synchronized fashion takes so many more than the few aspects I named. The cooperation, focus, determination, patience and power it takes to lift, float, breathe move and dance together is a highly sensitive art that Acro Yoga does a phenomenal job accomplishing these characteristics. So it’s no wonder the people you meet at a Acro yoga workshop are so darn AWESOME. The Acro Yoga community is so warm and welcoming and the amount of joy, play and love that is expressed will have you addicted and coming back for more in no time!
If you want to find a new way to express yourself, connect with yourself and others, all the while having the time of your life, then Acro Yoga is for YOU!
Don’t wait Sign yourself up…NOW!