Dabbling in Acro Yoga

My instructor and her base. Image courtesy of Yoga Yuki http://yogayuki.com/

My instructor and her base. Image courtesy of Yoga Yuki http://yogayuki.com/

A new interest of mine is Acro Yoga, which is a blend of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. Classes are offered free from my climbing gym (Movement Boulder) and one day a friend suggested we go try it out together. She has since stopped going, but I am hooked.

Image courtesy of Yoga Yuki http://yogayuki.com/

Image courtesy of Yoga Yuki http://yogayuki.com/

I find Acro Yoga really hard – I have tight hamstrings, and am not the most flexible person overall. I should really do more regular yoga first, but at the same time its really fun to do what is basically partner yoga.

It involves lifting others up over you on your feet, or hands, and having your partner “fly”. But in our class, taught by Yuki, everyone takes turn both “basing” and “flying”. Flying someone heavier than you is quite a challenge. But also, I really like that it challenges your personal space/personal bubble. You have to become comfortable with touch, something I think our society is not so good at. Its a fun, playful environment that I’m really enjoying exploring.

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  • Kyla

    So how long until you can do the big move from Dirty Dancing?

    • i’ve never actually seen that movie!