AcroYoga, What Is It?
The easy answer:
Remember when you were little, and your parents would lie on their backs and balance you on their feet? Playing airplane?
The complex answer:
AcroYoga is partner yoga with acrobatic concepts, meaning you get into yoga postures with the assistance of another body. AcroYoga consists of at least one base, one flyer, and one spotter. The base supports the flyer and helps to transition them into and through different yoga poses, and in turn, the flyer offers their base stretching and counter-pressure. The spotter is always attentive and serves as a safety net for both the base and flyer. A spotter can also help with form, communication between the base and the flyer, and hand and body position.
Many yoga postures are easier to do with the support of another person helping the body to get into those positions. An example: Back flying is impossible alone, but when done with a strong base, it can help you reach and release where otherwise you couldn’t by yourself.
Acro engages all the muscles groups to stabilize the balance between the flyer and the base. It is a great stretch for both partners, it inspires trust between them and trust in their own bodies, and it’s a lot of fun!
As with any sport or physical activity, safety is key in AcroYoga, as well as building on trust and comfort within the group dynamic. Always using a spotter, being aware of surroundings, and taking into account you and your partner’s comfort zones are all crucial parts of Acro and safety.