Acroyoga blends acrobatics, and therapeutics into a unique practice that helps you build trust, face your fears, and promote healing.

Acroyoga is a practice that combines yoga and acrobatics, and is more vigorous than many traditional yoga practices. It’s many physical and mental health benefits include strength building and flexibility.

Partner balancing in Acroyoga improves concentration, and the massage elements are ideal for stress relief. Founded in 2003 by Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein, acroyoga has grown in popularity, since most people with a basic level of fitness can undertake this practice.

Three components of Acroyoga

Each of the following three elements brings a unique energy to the practice.

  • Solar: focuses on the acrobatics, and is extremely physically intense
  • Lunar: this is a healing practice. One person gives energy, and the other receives.
  • Yoga: many postures are inspired by yoga asanas, and you do need both body awareness and trust.

How it works

Acroyoga is a three-person practice, each with a specific role:

  1. Base: provides the foundation for the posture, by balancing the flyer. The role of this person is to provide stability and guide their partner in and out of the pose.
  2. Flyer: balances on the base’s body through various points of contact. A flyer also listen to, and follows instructions of both base and spotter.
  3. Spotter: ensures that both the base and flyer practice safely and corrects their form. A spotter is meant to catch the flyer if he or she falls.

Safety and Etiquette Tips

  • As a base
  1. Ask your flyer if he/she is comfortable.
  2. Communicate posture adjustments before moving any part of your body.
  3. Be honest if you are getting tired, so you can let your flyer down safely.
  • As a flyer
  1. Maintain appropriate body tightness for posture in question.
  2. Practice with humility and compassion: if your base is tired, that instagram photo can wait!
  3. Listen to your base and spotter and follow their instructions.
  4. Acroyoga works on the physics of balance – so nobody is too heavy to fly!
  • As a spotter
  1. Focus on the base and flyer at all times.
  2. Give verbal corrections to the flyer and base when they are not speaking to one another, or if they require your assistance. Avoid over-instruction as that can become overwhelming particularly when people are upside down!
  3. Educate yourself on the correct spotting procedure for each posture. Many beginner postures, including the basic inversions require you to place your hands close to the hips, so make sure they don’t head elsewhere!

Note to flyer, spotter & base

Get out of your comfort zone. If you’ve spent most of your practice as a flyer, try basing and vice versa! Experiencing what your partner goes through will help your practice even in your regular role, because you will learn how to help them.

Be kind and empathetic to your partners – you are part of the same team. Trust them, work together, and you will all get stronger.

Learning and Practicing

There are a few different places you can learn and practice.

  • Workshops: an introduction to acroyoga – which often includes intense core and upper body conditioning, and handstand training. They also provide instructions on the correct practices for entering and exiting postures as well as spotting.
  • Jams: informal get-togethers within acro communities to play and explore.
  • Immersions: this is a very intense five day course, designed to improve your skills, and can prepare you for acroyoga teacher training.

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