What is Acro Yoga?
AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer co- founded the practice in 2003, which has since touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people world-wide.
It’s a partnership practice that involves one person acting as a base, who keeps in contact with the ground to support the flyer, who is lifted into various poses that stretch and strengthen the entire body. Usually, the base lies on the ground and uses his or her legs to support the flyer. More advanced positions require the base to stand up and support the flyer using the arms.
With benefits spanning across the realms of mind, body, and spirit, the practice of AcroYoga is well worth looking into.
AcroYoga has 3 main elements:
- Solar Acrobatic Practices that cultivate trust, empowerment and joy.
- Lunar Healing Arts Practices that cultivate listening, loving and letting go.
- Yogic Practices that cultivate breathe awareness, life balance and connection.
How to Study
If you’re new to the practice, it’s best to seek out in-person guidance. Taking a class ensures that the poses will be learned efficiently and safely. Typically, the class is broken into groups of three people, so that the base and flyer always have a spotter standing nearby to ensure safety for beginners. Another benefit of formal training is that you don’t have to supply your own partner. However, an AcroYoga class can also be a lovely date with your partner or a way to have fun with a friend.
Connection is like the wind. you can't see it, but you can feel it.