Acroyoga is a physical practice that blends acrobatics and yoga. It uses the support of a partner to explore new ways of moving, breathing, and connecting with oneself and others. It promises a great sense of accomplishment and a chance to test your strength, flexibility, and trust.
History of Acroyoga:
Acroyoga is a relatively new form that was coined by the French acrobat Baptiste Giabiconi in 2003. Guillaume Dumont had already practiced some yoga poses on top of his partner in 1999 but it was when he met Baptiste in 2003 that the idea to partner up with a yogi came about. They started making up new poses and techniques, mostly inspired by circus arts. The duo’s first video of their style was posted on Youtube in 2007 under the title “tricks you can do without a gym” (implying that AcroYoga requires no special equipment), which eventually went viral for its unique content.
Partner Yoga Practice:
Acroyoga is a partner yoga practice that uses acrobatics as its base. Traditionally it’s been closely associated with the circus community, you’ll find many similarities between it and other circus arts such as trapeze or aerial silks. Acro combines the best elements from these disciplines to create something new. It takes the thrill of being airborne during an aerial trick and adds the groundedness that comes with acrobatic skills on the ground. The result is a practice where balance can be relative depending on who you’re partnering up with. And since everybody has different strengths and weaknesses, partners may shift around, so it’s still possible for both people to remain inverted.
Acroyoga is based on the traditional partner yoga poses (asanas), although they are often mashed up and combined with tricks, acrobatic moves, aerial silks, etc., just like in circus arts. The yogi learns to develop trust and connection with their partner while finding balance together on each other’s bodies using fantastic shapes and forms. To be effective partners, acro yogis need some basic skills in partnering including efficient communication, building connection between bodies & minds of two people, awareness of what you can do physically and mentally at any given moment…
It is the original style which wathateloped by combining acro with yoga. This branch is probably closest to what most people envision when they think of AcroYoga, i.e., flowing yoga-like practice with elements of acrobatics added in. Contortion and/or strength poses are often used during hand-balancing or arm-balancing sequences to create unique shapes that would not be possible without a partner supporting you.
It refers to any empowerment-assisted practice where one or more practitioners are lifted in the air via the use of an aerial apparatus such as a Chinese pole, aerial silk, aerial hoop, or other apparatus. The AcroYogi may be lifted, held up in the air, swung, rotated, and inverted by their partner who applies various flows to get them airborne.
Non-Acrobatic Acroyoga is characterized by having minimal acrobatic skills during practice. This style typically uses very few advanced skills or techniques common in Acrobatic Acroyoga such as shoulder stands, headstands, etc., but still has strong elements of hand-balancing, arm-balancing, and basic acrobatics. All poses are performed with an equal amount of time on both sides so that there is no main side for any pose. A lot of basic yoga postures (asanas) are used in this style.
The most common Acroyoga inversion is a headstand, but a handstand has also become popular in recent years too. Both poses require good balance and concentration to master so they can sometimes take weeks or even months before feeling comfortable. A lot of patience and practice is required to develop greater body awareness, but once it starts coming together, these poses can feel rewarding and fun to play with.
It is important to note that your shoulders should always be open in hand-balancing poses, so make sure you do not practice these moves too soon after an injury or if you have any other joint problems. Make sure you use all the suggested modifications before progressing into a full headstand/handstand as these poses can put a lot of strain on your neck, wrists, and back. If you are new to Acroyoga then it’s recommended that you learn how to do a simple cartwheel first which will help improve body awareness and coordination.
Acroyoga is a fantastic way to build trust, connection, and balance with your partner while also strengthening both of you. AcroYogi’s need some basic skills in partnering including efficient communication, building connection between bodies & minds of two people, awareness of what one can do physically or mentally at any given moment. It will help the practitioner develop body awareness as well as coordination which are key for this practice.