AcroYoga is a beautiful practice where two or more humans engage in PLAY. AcroYoga harmoniously combines the fitness + play of acrobatics, the healing + movement of therapeutics, and the balance + connection of yoga. Classes include an active & acrobatic “Solar” practice, where we challenge ourselves physically in an engaging and playful way. We balance this with a soothing “Lunar” practice, where we connect with others by giving & receiving therapeutic bodywork.
In AcroYoga, we participate and rotate through three equal and interdependent roles: The Flyer, The Base, and The Spotter. Through these roles, we learn how to effectively communicate with others, how to connect with our own breath and body awareness, and how to challenge ourselves safely. More than just a pretty picture, AcroYoga is a community of people who all come together to smile, laugh, and support each other. AcroYoga is simply the medium by which we open our hearts to others and foster a community of connection.
The magic in the lunar arts of Thai Massage and Flying Therapeutics lies in the ability to create space in the body using loving-kindness, both in the quality of touch & presence. Thai massage is practiced fully-clothed without the use of oils or lotions, and instead of a table, the receiver lies on a comfortable mat. During a Thai massage treatment, receivers are gently guided through a variety of positions such as side-lying, supine (on your back), and prone (on your belly). There is constant body contact as the giver moves through different yoga-like postures. The intention is to stretch, give pressure, shake gently, provide traction, and ultimately create space in the body using gravity and the breath–both mindfully and efficiently.
Flying Therapeutics (as seen in the video) integrates many of the traditional principles of Thai massage– except upside down! In this practice, receivers are suspended in the air on the giver’s feet and hands. During a therapeutic flying treatment, gravity is our best friend. We traction, twist, shake & fly the receiver into a blissful & playful state of relaxation. The sessions are typically 5-15 minute long sequences of positions depending on the specific needs of the individual. The flyer’s only job is to relax! I introduce most people to AcroYoga through Flying Therapeutics, as it’s very beginner-friendly and instills the basic elements of trust and softness.
Do I need experience to do AcroYoga?
No! You don’t need to practice acrobatics or even yoga. We progressively work through poses and flows based on your experience level– even if you have none!
Why is a Thai Massage treatment so long?
In order to relax the body and create adequate space for those yummy healing vibes– we need time! Time to move with the breath and to listen to what the body tells us. Typically, a full treatment is around 90 minutes.
Do I need a partner to practice?
Technically AcroYoga is a partner-based practice, but that doesn’t mean you need one to attend class! We always work in groups of three or more, so every class is always different.
Where can I receive bodywork?
Anywhere! But ideally a quiet space with a soft cushioned surface to lay upon. Don’t forget your comfy clothes!
Is AcroYoga dangerous?
As with any physical form of exercise, yes there is some risk involved. However, in AcroYoga safety is the #1 priority. The spotter is an equally important role, and they will always be used in class.