Remember trying “airplane” or “superman” as a kid, where you flew/balanced yourself on your friends’ feet propped up while they laid down on the ground? Yup! That is an AcroYoga move. See, you have probably done AcroYoga and were not even aware of it!
AcroYoga is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics.
AcroYoga involves two or more partners assisting each other through various postures and positions. One partner acts as the “base” to support the other, known as the “flyer.” (These are also verbs — basing and flying.) In addition to the strength needed to hold the poses, AcroYoga’s main challenge is balance, for both the base and the flyer. Like many other aerial sports, there can also be an element of dance to an AcroYoga routine.
The first time I tried AcroYoga, I was terrified. “You want me to do that?! You want me to trust that she won’t DROP ME?!”
As always, many questions ran through my head. But I quickly saw the room was filled with excellent students and teachers who knew what they were doing. It was a safe space, and a space full of trust. With a few spotters, I tried a few things. Guess what thought came to my mind: “WHEN can I do this AGAIN?!”
One of our fellow bloggers, Lisa Curry, also does AcroYoga. “I love AcroYoga because it’s a fun physical activity, but also a challenge. It’s playful, and you work with a friend or partner to create beautiful movements and poses, requiring strength and balance. Each time we learn a new pose or sequence, we feel so proud and accomplished. I love the teamwork, which I don’t get much of as an adult.”
With my journey through AcroYoga, I met Matt Schnuth and Kristin Osborn, a wonderful duo who learn and practice at World Peace Yoga in Cincinnati, OH. Below is one of their live performances, which gives you an idea of what AcroYoga looks like in action.