Last weekend, I went to an AcroYoga class, to play, de-stress, and have some fun! Usually the group that I practice with holds classes once a month in a big loft space on Mulberry St in Newark or Dey St in Harrison.
But, What Is AcroYoga?
According to AcroYoga.org “AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer co-founded the practice in 2003, which has since touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people world-wide.”
I love AcroYoga because it’s a balancing act. It combines strength from what we consider typical Yoga poses, and balance using our bodies’ geometry to create amazing living sculpture that we sometimes didn’t know we were capable of. AcroYoga always conjures up images of dancing and weightlessness. As a flyer, I feel weightless and supported. As a base I feel strong and capable.
Classes usually start with an assessment of your mood and energy level, or what you hope to accomplish. This class, Instructor Lori Shepard decided to lead us in a chant while she played the ukelele.
Every class has a warm-up session. Then, Instructors demo a new pose showing participants how to fly, base, and spot. The base is the person supporting the flyer, and the spotter is there to make sure the flyer doesn’t get hurt.
Then, we practice! After each demonstration, participants get to try out what they’ve observed, with help from the Instructors.
A few minutes for Thai massage usually brings the practice to a close. AcroYoga can be hard work, and a little massage (with clothes on of course!) for your back and legs is always appreciated.
Really, I recommend that everyone try an AcroYoga class at least once. The important thing I want to stress about ANY form of Yoga is that it doesn’t discriminate against body type or skill level. All people are welcome from big to small, beginner to advanced! You may not be able to base someone today, but each practice brings you closer to that goal. As they say, “no effort in Yoga is ever wasted“.
For more information on classes follow the links below:
The NJ Acro Yoga Facebook Page is the best place to find out about events and classes in the area.