Wed, May 23, 2012

Community, Harrison, Health, Lifestyle

AcroYoga Is In Your Neighborhood

BY SamKa

AcroYoga Is In Your Neighborhood

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 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.


Instructor and friend, Lori Shepard played the ukelele and lead us in a chant.


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.


Instructor, Deven Sisler demonstrates how to spot for this pose.


Then, we practice! After each demonstration, participants get to try out what they’ve observed, with help from the Instructors.


"Jedi Box" with Lori.


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.


Lori and Instructor Melinda Erickson show us "Front Bird"


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:

AcroYoga NY Facebook Page

The NJ Acro Yoga Facebook Page is the best place to find out about events and classes in the area.

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3 Responses to “AcroYoga Is In Your Neighborhood”

  1. Vevie Popplewell-Walker Says:

    i love this, lor! ~ you make it look so easy and effortless! ……i am so proud…and, on my wish-list, i am attending one of your workshops … … save a spot for me ~xoxoxo


  2. Melinda Erickson Says:

    Thanks Sam!

    Please keep a look out at for future offerings this summer in NJ made by certified AcroYoga teachers Melinda Erickson, Deven Sisler and Brian Yuen. Not only in Newark/Harrison area but also the shore.

    Also check out Lorrie’s wonderful yoga offerings at

    Yes to abundance!


  3. Melinda Erickson Says:

    ALSO!!! Be sure to check out the 3rd Annual Divine Play Festival!!! I will be teaching there alongside many other AcroYoga teachers from around the world. All levels, and I mean, all levels will find offerings suitable to their ability.

    Plus, its so much fun. Its the largest gathering of AcroYogis in the world.

    Check out the website for more information and plan to see you there, October 12-14 in Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.


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