A new sport to try
Acroyoga is primarily a combination of yoga, acrobatics, and dance. It’s practiced with two people or more. The purpose of the sport, which was created 15 years ago, is to encourage and improve the confidence of your partner, while simultaneously increasing your own flexibility, strength, and endurance. Also, it’s been associated with artistic expression through your body, and the various positions and forms you careate with the other person’s fluid movements.
Acroyoga’s motto is not meant to impose limitations with detailed rules; rather, it values the acceptance of yourself and tohers, as well as the pleasure of self-expression through your body, and that of your partner. In addition, this discipline allows for clear, concise communication. Many people who practice acroyoga find it beneficial for balancing body and mind because it’s soothing and relaxing, while strengthening the body and pushing its limits.
When practicing this sport, there are always 3 primary roles
Base: This person has the most points of contact with the ground. They should be in a position where they’re lying down, back completely flat on the floor with their legs and hands riased. They’re going to be the one to support the flyer, either with their hands (by holding their partner’s hands or shoulders), or with their feet, which they can place on the flyer’s hips. It’s all a question of specific contact points.
Flyer: This is the person who is going to be lifted by the base, who brings the dynamic aspect to the human pyramid. They conduct fluid movements, aided by gravity. The prerequisites to occupy this position are confidence, balance, flexibility, and abdominal strength.
Spotter: The person who is outside the pyramid. Their primary role is to monitor the aerobatics in order to ensure that everything is going well. They keep an eye out for someone losing their balance, or anything that could lead to a fall. This person is the only one with an objective, outside perspective – so they’re an invaluable resource to help everyone assume their positions, and correct certain movements.
When practicing acroyoga in a large group, always make sure you have a sufficient number of spotters to be attentive at all times!
Advantages to acroyoga
What’s the most fun about this sport is that it’s easy to practice in pairs or small groups of friends. You may think that only women can be the flyer and the men the base, but that’s not true! Because acroyoga works by balancing strength with gravity, tension, and fluid movements, anyone can occupy whatever position they want (only slightly depending on the physical characteristics of your partner).
In addition, acroyoga strengthens the bond of trust, all while being a sport that works various muscle groups without being overly demanding. In effect, even if it seems difficult and daunting at the beginning, the aim is to go at your own pace. It’s a good idea to start with the fundamental base postures, like these.
Finally, another great aspect is that acroyoga can be practiced anywhere! And yes, even outside, so there’s no need to travel far or to pay for a room, so you can benefit from your classes like never before. The only thing you need is a yoga mat, so the person acting as the base can be more comfortable. Wear tight, flexible clothes to help practice this sport more comfortably.
So, do you think you’re going to try acroyoga out this summer?