The Practice

What we do

AcroYoga

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.

Bodywork

The magic in the lunar arts of Thai Yoga Massage & Flying Therapeutics lies in 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 to 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 relatively newer 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.  As a base (giver) I guide the flyer (receiver) through a 5-15 minute long sequence 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– I’ve flown people of all ages, shapes & sizes.  Will you be next?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Often described as “The Gentle Art”, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is an intricate system of movements using leverage to manipulate the human body.  BJJ is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. The main techniques employed in BJJ to defeat an opponent are the use of joint locks, chokeholds, and most notably ground control.  However, BJJ is not only a martial art or sport– it is an effective practice benefiting your physical fitness, mental fortitude, confidence, and as a result– a way of life.

FAQ

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.

Is Jiu-Jitsu dangerous?

As with any form of martial arts practice, yes there is some risk involved.  Risk is greater during sparring, but we learn techniques to mitigate these risks as best as we can.  Plus, unlike other martial arts, there is no striking involved in BJJ (no punches, kicks, etc).