Acro Yoga- aka “Couple’s” Yoga

So this is something that I just find amazing. If you’re finding your practice repetitive and you want to make it a more social event… try acro yoga.

Since I personally don’t know much about the practice, I’m using the source http://www.acroyoga.org/about/the-acroyoga-practice to help me out.

According to the website, acro yoga has three main elements:

1. Solar Acrobatic Practices

This is about trust. Strength, inversions and spotting are crucial in this type of practice. Very similar to gymnastic training, conditioning is key in the success of the poses. Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork! The inversions are most dependent on the element of trust and partner acrobatics require a base, flyer and spotter. Pretty self-explanatory.
http://youtu.be/6mDz2vhgJtE

2. Lunar Healing Arts Practices

This is all about massage, therapeutic flying and partner yoga. The ‘giver’ and ‘receiver’ incorporate gravity, sensitivity an kindness to create a relaxing practice for both. Like in everything else, communication is key. The base is the one holding the flyer up, so it is important they both have massaging techniques understood confidently before using them in the air.
This whole process is an “inverted aerial massage”.
As the website puts it: “The base supports the flyer with their legs as the flyer hangs passively. The base uses gravity, stretching and sensitive touch to open the flyers upper body. When the flyer comes down they do massage on the bases warmed up legs. The session is complete when both partner have given and received, based and flown, inhaled and exhaled.”
Bodyweight and breath are important in opening and warming the body. Gravity and trust are the main ingredients.
http://youtu.be/0edtxSqCqy8

3. Yogic Practices

“Yoga is the glue between the Solar and Lunar Practices”. The partner practices are as they so put it ‘fed’ by solo yoga. I guess what they are trying to say is, the yoga philosophy is equally as important as the physical aspects. Therefore, breathing, mantras and postures are no less important in acro yoga.

Wanted to keep it short and sweet. ANYBODY INTERESTED IN TRYING THIS? I think it’s pretty awesome.
Just be safe and choose your partner carefully 😉

(Pictures found:www.sharetheloveyoga.com)

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