I recently went with my husband to an Acroyoga class. Yes, it's called Acroyoga and you guessed it, it's a blend of acrobatics, yoga and the healing arts. Both my husband and I were a bit nervous about doing something with the word 'acrobatics' as neither one of us are gymnasts.
Claudine the friendly and dynamic Acroyoga teacher quickly put our fears to rest. Acroyoga is for all levels and is based on trust and positioning rather than flying through the air.
There are three primary roles in Acroyoga, the base, the flyer and the spotter.
The base person is primarily on the ground, providing support and stability for the flyer to practice yoga poses using the base as support. The spotter of course watches to make sure the poses are done safely and the flyer doesn't slip.
In Claudine's workshop we all took turns with these roles in groups of three.
We started the class with a fun ice breaker, sharing one thing we loved to do as kids. Everyone told funny stories and we all had a good laugh. Next we did partner warm up poses to build trust and support.
We did a great trust game where two people stayed on either side of you as you swayed back and forth 'trusting' them to catch you. There was lots of laughter and fun as we explored this new style of yoga. It's great for couples to try as you really have to learn how to work together and trust each other. But you don't need to bring a partner to an Acroyoga class, you can go solo.
Claudine shared with me that what she loves most about teaching acroyoga is the light in people's eyes when they try it for the first time and how people are brought together in the spirit of benevolent curiosity. Claudine is a great teacher who has a knack for bringing people together and creating a safe place to practice Acroyoga.
What I loved about Acroyoga as well was the sense of playfulness and stretching outside my comfort zone to try this unique style of yoga.
When's the last time you went out of your comfort zone and tried something new? Give Acroyoga a try, I promise you will enjoy this unique and playful style of yoga, plus it's a great conversation topic.