Every time I stood up on the stage to make an announcement I couldn’t help but cry.
They were tears of disbelief and overwhelment at the love and beauty that was unfolding before me at our first ever Divine Play AcroYoga Festival in Oakland, California. Only nine months prior I had birthed the project into manifestation, with a very clear vision and lots of passion. It was a big, bold dream and what was so astounding is that it far exceeded even my greatest hopes, and turned out to be four of the best days of my entire life.
While on the surface, AcroYoga is a physically based spiritual practice, it is really a metaphor for cultivating healthy and harmonious relationship. Since we are always in relationship—to ourselves, to one another, and to the divine—I believe that this is one of the most practical life skills we can devote ourselves to.
Through the ancient practices of yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage, I witnessed people learning about compassionate communication, teamwork, receptivity, listening, and honesty. They were learning through their bodies, through non-sexual intimacy, through embracing their inherent playful nature and childlike innocence. The atmosphere of love and support that was being created from the collective intention was palpable, tangible and continues to ripple into the lives of everyone who was there.
This year’s festival only proves to be an even greater expression of coming together, as we welcome an international faculty of teachers, representing Chinese, Dutch, African and American acrobatic traditions, as well as renowned yoga teachers Suzanne Sterling and Kerri Kelly, and featuring 50+ AcroYoga teachers from around the world.
We are excited to be in partnership with our beneficiary organization Off the Mat, Into the World. This incredible organization mobilizes people around the globe to take action, create change, and do good. A portion of full festival proceeds will go to Off the Mat programs like the Global Seva Challenge, which supports on-the-ground, local projects to create financial stability and jobs in regions around the globe; Empowered Youth Initiative, which serves to reverse the disruptive cycles facing city youth in LA and other urban centers; and Project Springboard, a program that provides necessary funding and training to our highest level leaders, who are actively serving locally and globally through their own innovative projects and nonprofits.
And of course the festival experience would not be complete without rich evenings of entertainment and delight with the likes of DJ Dragonfly, Kirtan with Suzanne Sterling, and an Acrobatic Jam with the AcroYoga House Kirtan band!
Tickets are on-sale now for the Third Annual Divine Play AcroYoga Festival!
Join the largest international gathering of AcroYogis in San Francisco at Fort Mason, October 12th-14th!
About the Author
Jenny Sauer-Klein is the co-founder of AcroYoga® and is deeply grateful to travel this magnificent planet in service of love.