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Published February 14th 2015
It is official - human flying is possible
Acroyoga is a fusion of three ancient practices – acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. It combines traditional yoga breathing and postures, gymnastic training techniques and therapeutic Thai massage elements.
I first discovered acroyoga overseas and on my return I struggled to find any classes. Then I met Karen Gunter during one of the free Lululemon yoga classes and that's where it all began.
Karen teaches yoga and acroyoga in her studio, the Yoga Garage, located in Belair but she also conducts acro workshops at Point A in the city and at the Energy Clinic in Mile End. The Yoga Garage is a spacious and light venue; Point A is modern and quirky.
A typical acroyoga session starts with a circle ceremony when all the participants briefly introduce themselves. This is followed by a warm-up, partner flow and inversions. These activities help to develop trust and encourage communication among the participants to prepare them for the most exciting part – flying and acrobatics. The session usually concludes with a thai massage sequence.
Downward Dog Pyramid. Image courtesy of Yoga Garage Facebook
An enjoyable and safe practice of acroyoga requires three roles: the base, the flyer and the spotter. The flyer is elevated from the ground by the base to perform various poses, while the spotter ensures the safety and helps to perfect the pose. A background in gymnastics or yoga is not required, however some level of fitness and flexibility is expected. Partners are welcome but not necessary.
The best way to find out about acro workshops and jams is to follow Yoga Garage on Facebook and keep an eye on the Event section regularly. Acro jams are free of charge but do not provide a dedicated instruction; it's a great opportunity to practice your skills once you have attended a couple of workshops.