#YogaEveryDamnWay: AcroYoga - The Acrobatic Partner Practice

 AcroYoga - The Acrobatic Partner Practice

Name Meaning: 

AcroYoga refers to the physical practice which combines both yoga techniques and acrobatics.

Origin + Founder: 

AcroYoga is a relatively new practice. 

There are two schools of AcroYoga. Acroyoga Montreal, lead by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku, has used the term since 1999. They bring together acrobatics, yoga and dance.

Acroyoga Inc., established in California with Jason Nemer and Jenny Klein, was labeled as Acroyoga in 2006 and combines acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage.

Both schools offer teaching certificates and have many similar poses. 

The 411: 

According to Acroyoga Inc., AcroYoga is a "dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a partner practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community."

There are three roles in an AcroYoga practice: base, flyer, and spotter:

  • Base: The individual who has the most points of contact with the ground. Main points of contact with the flyer are the feet (generally placed on the Flyer's hips, groin or lower abdomen) and the hands (which either form handholds or grasp the shoulders).
  • Flyer: The individual who is elevated off the ground by the Base. This role requires significant balance, confidence, and core strength.
  • Spotter: This is the individual who has an objective view of the partners, and can help prevent injuries.

In general, AcroYoga combines acrobatics, therapeutics and yoga. It is an advanced practice that requires significant strength, coordination and balance.

Fun Fact: 

AcroYoga is perhaps the only form of yoga that requires partner support. 

Photo: Ali Kaukas/Wanderlust