Pictured above from left to right: Jonas Trinidad, Amy Powers, Lisa Autrey and Jaryn Thorndyke.
Last month I participated in my very first acro yoga workshop during Jacksonville’s 2nd Annual Yoga Fest in Riverside. Acro Yoga not only sounds intriguing, but the experience of it is even more rewarding! After watching some beautiful partner demonstrations of acro yoga, I just had to get involved and explore this cool new playfully experimental style of yoga. Within just minutes, I was in the air balancing on my frontside then backside, held by a pair of feet, then trying inversions with my feet over my head, being held only by a pair of hands placed securely at my shoulders.
I love Acro Yoga. It is simply amazing!
Acro Yoga is a 3 part blend of practices: Yogic, Acrobatic and Healing. The yogic practice focuses on awareness of breath, balance and life connection. The Acrobatic practice builds trust, creates a sense of empowerment and grows happiness. The Healing practice involves listening and communicating with care while at the same time, letting go.
As the flyer, you feel fully supported with a strong partner as your base, while your body opens into an incredible stretch you just can’t create on your own, with the natural assistance of gravity. Flying is so exciting, because while balancing and staying focused, trusting your partner and being aware of your surroundings can quickly center your attention to being present in that moment. Being a base is just as rewarding, because you have the responsibility to stay strong, while your flying partner essential puts their life in your hands (or feet) for the duration of the practice/pose. You get a really nice workout for your arms, legs, and core.. all while laying on your back!
If you’re curious about what it feels like to do acrobatics and yoga at the same time, or intrigued by the beauty and fascinating poses like I was, your chance to experience it for yourselves is around the corner. Also, if you aren’t a fan of heights, or consider yourself to have terrible balance, don’t worry.. you can still reap benefits from a variety of the poses and motions included in the practice. I highly recommend trying it at least once – it is not scary as you might think.
Pictured Above: Jonas Trinidad and Lisa Autrey.
Our regularly planned ‘playtimes’ are set up at Memorial Park around 8 am on the first Sunday of every month, and the third Monday of every month at 8pm at Ananda Kula yoga studio.
The Next FREE Acro Yoga Workshop will be held on Sunday, November 4th from 9:30 – 10:30am inside the lululemon store at the St. John’s Town Center.