My Acroyoga Hobby

Flying bird in Indian Creek, Utah

Flying bird in Indian Creek, Utah

The past three years I’ve gotten more and more into this crazy hobby called acroyoga. Its a combination of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. But my main teachers in Boulder (Ryan Hamity and Cassie Drew) have been strongly from the acrobatics and performance side, which has of course strongly influenced me. I got started at my climbing gym where they offered free weekly classes with the amazing teacher Yuki Tsuji.

Standing foot to hand

Standing foot to hand

Practicing standing acroyoga in Singapore at a park jam

Practicing standing acroyoga in Singapore at a park jam

I like acroyoga because it challenges me in very unique ways – being comfortable touching people non-sexually, communicating in very intense/difficult situations, and lastly playing like kids. Acroyoga is so playful and fun – you should never forget to laugh at how ridiculous an activity acroyoga is and not take it to0 seriously. Except safety – take spotting and looking out for each other very seriously.

There’s a whole world wide community around the hobby – you can go to almost any major city in the world and find friendly people to practice with. There’s even a Facebook group dedicated to passing dead time at airports by connecting with a fellow acroyogi and playing in the terminal. You get a lot of funny looks.

My Colorado acroyoga community together at the world acroyoga conference in Portland, OR

My Colorado acroyoga community together at the world acroyoga conference in Portland, OR

I’ve learned a lot from these crazy people – we challenge each other and push each other in our friendships and connections. Its not natural for a nerdy conservative guy from Alabama, but I sure appreciate their influences.

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