AcroYoga is an integration of yoga, acrobatics and healing arts. Sometimes it looks like partner yoga, sometimes it looks like a therapeutic/restorative practice for both people. And other times it’s a very acrobatic flow. Remember, yoga has many elements to it, it’s not sure asana (poses/postures) that we explore but also meditation and pranamaya (breath control).
Why do AcroYoga?
AcroYoga teaches us about how to connect with each other through communication and trust. The connection not just intimate, but exactly a mirror. If you feel nervous, tense or uneasy, the other person will feel the same exact thing. The connection is very raw and in your face. It forces you to coordinate and understand what to activate and what not to activate. It’s about giving just the right amount of effort in certain ways and the right amount of relaxation… letting go in other ways. If you expend too much energy, it backfires.
Can I Learn AcroYoga Online?
Yes and no. I say that because there are lots of minute details to learn and since everybody comes from a different background, personal instruction is unparalleled. Ask your local yoga studios and teachers for leads on acro-yoga classes in your area and that will open up a rabbit hole.
However, there are are a few, very well made acro yoga videos for beginners that are genuinely REALLY GOOD! So I wanted to share them…
Here is Yogabatics 10-part Instructional Video Series
First, we’ll start with this playlist of Yogabatics 10-part (TEN!) instructional video series. This entire series was made extremely professionally. The instruction is top notch, the cinematography is very functional and it’s been holistically planned out from the first video until the last.
Boris and Nina’s Therapeutic Forward Flying and more…
Next, this is a playlist of a very talented couple that also happen to be very beautiful inside and out: Boris and Nina. The first two videos about “Forward Flying” are extremely therapeutic both just to watch and to experience. Note how relaxing the first video is. The woman is basing the man and they are both relaxing. This is a beautiful thing, because flyers tend to be women and men tend to be bases. But this video shows that it doesn’t have to be that way. At least that’s what I got out of it. The rest of the videos are very powerful in their own right as well.
Boris and Nina’s Calibration exercises…
In this next video below, Boris and Nina, very enthusiastically and theatrically show us these four exercises that they call “calibration exercises.” They are very, very, very good for strengthening your body and confidence, for both flyer and base. You’re going to have to pause and rewind the video back many times if you’re going to be practicing with them.
Oh and, they also have a spanish version here. How amazing are they?
I hope that one day, I too, will make acro-yoga videos for super duper beginners based on my own personal hurdles because I am a super-duper-noob and this is all very challenging for me. Namaste.