AcroYoga

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What is AcroYoga?

AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. There are 7 main elements that make up the practice: circle ceremony, asana, partner flow, Thai massage, therapeutic flying, inversions & spotting, and partner acrobatics.
What are the words to describe AcroYoga practice?

  • Playfulness
  • Empowerment
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  • Trust
  • Innovative
  • Receptivity
  • Loving kindness (Metta)
  • Compassion (Karuna)
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  • Transformational
  • Supportive Community = Friends
  • Accessible

 

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Circle Ceremony: The practice always starts and ends with a group circle to get to know each other and share the moment. AcroYoga is a yoga practice that emphasizes on bringing the individual to the union (yoga). We share the wisdom and joy of each other in a circle, and contract in and expand out with your body and breath.


Asana
: It is to prepare your body and mind to interact with each other with peace and ease. There are two asana sequences: Acrobatic Asana and Thai Asana. Acrobatic Asana provides the strengthening, stretching and balancing to efficiently warm up. You learn the different terminology for body positions and spotting positions for partner work later. Thai Asana prepares you to sink in deeper to your physical and emotional body by feeling the movements. You will learn the basic motion
s and alignment for Thai massage technique so that you can drop in deeper to your massage experience as a giver and a receiver. The sequence focuses on the receptivity and loving kindness towards yourself and others.

Partner Flow: It is a mutually beneficial partner asanas and stretches that encourage the effective communication with each other. You will learn to be receptive and compassionate to each other by listening to the breath and sensing the physical ques.

Inversions & Spotting: Inversion is an empowering practice. You become upside down to get to know yourself. Spotters serve a heavy part on this practice by providing the verbal encouragement and correction as a coach and also providing the physical support in a safe manner. This practice is the foundation of partner acrobatics.

Partner Acrobatics: It requires more focus and specific technique for a flyer, a base and a spotter. You will need your full attention and full trust to practice this dynamic skill. The more repetition and practice you do, the easier it gets! Partner acrobatics is such a FUN practice once you get a hang of it. You will learn to communicate “simple, short and specific” within the group. Find your highest potential.

Thai Massage: This beautiful healing art is from Thailand. Givers learn the proper technique including palm press, thumb press, passive stretches etc and receivers learn to let go and relax. The focus is not only to open the energy lines in the body but also to fully give and receive with loving kindness and take care of each other. This oceanic movement of Thai massage sets the meditative state in both givers and receivers.

Therapeutic Flying: This is all about flyers suspended in the air, using the gravity, and opened and elongated in spine. A base gives a slow and relaxed movement and transition with a sufficient support, transferring their loving kindness. A flyer lets go and go with the flow…Trust is the important skill here so that you can benefit with this full therapeutic flying work.

 

Check out an AcroYoga freeplay video performed by Yuki & Paul Robinson.
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AcroYoga Freeplay by Yoga Journal