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What is AcroYoga?

AcroYoga is a dynamic and physically engaging practice that combines elements of acrobatics, yoga, and therapeutic techniques. It involves two or more participants working together to create various poses, flows, and sequences that seek to use balance, strength, flexibility, and trust. AcroYoga is typically performed in pairs or small groups and can be practiced both indoors and outdoors.


Here are some key aspects of AcroYoga:


Acrobatics: AcroYoga incorporates acrobatic movements and poses, such as lifts, balances, and dynamic transitions. Participants take on different roles, with one person acting as the "base" (providing stability and support) and the other as the "flyer" (performing various poses while supported by the base).


Yoga: The yoga component of AcroYoga includes elements like mindfulness, breath control, and alignment principles. Many AcroYoga sequences begin and end with yoga-based warm-ups and cool-downs, ensuring that participants maintain a focus on their breath and body awareness.


Therapeutic Flying: AcroYoga also incorporates therapeutic elements, with some sessions focusing on Thai massage and partner stretching. These practices can help release tension, improve flexibility, and promote relaxation.

What to expect from a class

An AcroYoga class combines elements of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage to create a unique and playful practice that focuses on communication, trust, and connection between partners. Here's what you can generally expect from an AcroYoga class:


Warm-up: Like any physical practice, an AcroYoga class typically starts with a warm-up session to prepare your body for movement. This might include light stretching, breathing exercises, and joint mobility work.


Partner Work: AcroYoga is practiced with a partner or in small groups. You'll pair up with someone (or multiple people) to perform various poses and movements together. The class may include both static poses and dynamic flows.


Spotting and Safety: Safety is a priority in AcroYoga, and instructors will often teach participants how to spot each other to prevent accidents or injuries. Spotters are responsible for ensuring that the flyer (the person being lifted or supported) is safe during poses and transitions.


Roles: In AcroYoga, there are typically two primary roles:


Base: The person who provides the foundational support for the flyer. The base typically has most of their body on the ground and is responsible for lifting and balancing the flyer.


Flyer: The person who is lifted, balanced, or supported by the base. Flyers focus on maintaining balance and engaging their core and limbs to create beautiful and dynamic shapes.

Communication: Clear and effective communication is crucial in AcroYoga. You'll learn specific hand signals or verbal cues to communicate with each other.

There is another role which is also very important to mention:  The Spotter.

To be an effective "Spotter" takes time, as it requires good knowledge of the poses or movements taking place, and good body awareness to ensure safe and effective learning for all party involved.

In class, you will be encouraged to start to developing this skill from the very beginning.  In some ways, this is the most challenging role to master.

The importance and value of having a spotter or more...

Working with a spotter allows you to progress more effectively and safely, and therefore, have more fun in the process.  Spotters can sometimes act as a guide especially when you're upside down or when the movement is initially super complicated.

What if you'd like to take on all the roles

Although we do encourage students to have a go at both basing and flyer (and of course spotting), we do encourage initially choosing and sticking to one role for the duration of at least a few classes before trying other roles to facilitate safety and learning retention.  This is, of course, in regards to a class structure, as you would normally benefit better learning one role at a time until the body is conditioned for one set of skills to avoid injury. 


For the safety aspect of sticking to one role first until you're more familiar with that role is beneficial to learning for the body and mind.  So if you're more familiar with one role first and the body is already conditioned, it is then more advisable to move on to the other role since both roles require slightly different body conditioning. 


We strive to structure our classes to cater for your comfort and safety to ensure you have the most enjoyable acroyoga journey with us.

We look forward to working with you! 

Anna & Eugéne

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