What is AcroYoga?
AcroYoga is the combination of acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. Acro in Greek means high or elevated while Yoga in Sanskrit means union. This practice combines movement and play while connecting with yourself and with others. Unlike Yoga, where the practice is between just you and yourself, AcroYoga is a practice whitebetween you and one or more people. It is a dynamic practice that anyone can join and have fun. At a first glance, some things may seem impossible, but just like anything- give it a try and some practice and for sure you will be able to achieve what you once thought was impossible.
AcroYoga provides you with the building blocks to take your physical skills to a new level. Over time, you start to build body awareness. You will begin to understand how to move and what to move in order to achieve certain flows. But don’t think that you need to be super strong or flexible to be good at AcroYoga. In this art, technique is more important than strength. Size does not matter, how much muscle you have does not matter, learning the proper technique is what will change your view on how things can be done.
Partner work is a key feature of AcroYoga and it’s in this partner work that helps to improve strength and balance. There are two branches of AcroYoga- the acrobatic (solar) part and the therapeutic (lunar) part. In the dynamic acrobatic practice, there are 3 different roles: Base, Flyer and Spotter. Each person has an important role while playing:
Base = the mover who has most contact with the ground
Flyer = who is being moved and lifted off the ground
Spotter = provides safety and has knowledge of what both roles are doing.
One of the most essential aspects of the practice is the understanding of trust. You begin to cultivate trust not just within yourself, but within others in your acroyoga community that you can achieve things that maybe you never thought you could do. With this empowering trust fundamental, comes a sense of tribe and community that may be hard to find in other types of sports or activities. At the end of it all, the most important thing is that you practice safely and have fun at the same time. <3