This new-age yoga practice brings with it some enthusiasm as it combines the disciplines of acrobatics, Thai massage and yoga together. The fun element in AcroYoga has to do with the fact that you need a partner in order to participate; this helps build trust, concentration and strength in tandem. If you’re still not convinced, read on, and who knows, you might actually give it a shot.
Three basic roles build the foundation of this practice—that of the Base, Flyer and Spotter. The person enacting the base must have contact with the ground at all times. Typically they lie on their back and use their feet and hands to support the flyer at the hips, shoulders and hands.
Now the flyer is the lighter individual who is lifted off the ground by the base and can go on to perform dynamic yoga asanas, using their core strength and balance for movement and fluidity. Both gravity, and the base’s support make the flyer’s job much easier than it looks.
And then you have the spotter; the third protagonist who plays a pivotal role when you are being initiated into this practice. This individual gets a front row view of the whole act, as they ensure that the base maintains their form, and the flyer remains uninjured.
Your teacher will generally spot you, and in terms of the engaging and thrilling element of an exercise, AcroYoga is almost as good as it gets; particularly for the flyer.
The yoga technique incorporates a number of stretches that de-stress your body, and motions that tone the fat. Building of core strength, sharpening your reflexes, and learning a new skill are all additional benefits of AcroYoga.
The important thing to remember is to work with an experienced teacher, for AcroYoga cannot be self-taught and can inflict serious injuries when done incorrectly and without supervision.