Do you like practicing yoga with a partner? Acro yoga is probably the solution to that. So, if you and your companion (or yourself) are looking for something near to the extreme activities, then yoga and acrobatics will provoke the brave within. Learn how with these Daring Acro Yoga Poses ready to thrill you.
Acro Yoga 101 | Daring Acro Yoga Poses You Can Try Today
Keeping You and Your Partner Hyped for Extra Challenge
Acro Yoga is a yoga routine that is a combination of Acrobatics and Yoga. And no, one doesn’t need to be an acrobat, a gymnast, or an experienced yogi. It is a vigorous practice for everyone which requires determination and focus from both participants of the routine. As challenging as it seems, everyone can do the practice. Blended with the wisdom of yoga and dynamic power of acrobatics, it reveals the kind of art healing to anyone who carry out the routines.
Acrobatics is a performance of acrobats or gymnasts of extraordinary movements presenting the beauty of balance, agility, and motor coordination. Acrobatics are used in different aspects of art, commonly used in terms of performing arts and in every human body performance. Acrobatics are also included in Martial Arts and other sports events. This type of practice does not only include improvements in your physical capacities but also trust for oneself and partners.
While Yoga, on the other hand, which originated from India is a practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. Yoga is also used as a meditation routine for most people. Its benefits to the body are satisfying not only physically but also spiritually. Yoga develops and improves a person’s lifestyle and it liberates a person from tensions of daily life. Yoga helps your life be balanced while being conscious and aware. It involves a lot of movements that improve one’s flexibility.
There are roles in practicing Acro Yoga: The base, flyer, and spotter.
The base is the one in contact with the ground supporting the flyer by full strength support by both arms and feet. When the base’s extended legs are properly aligned with the ankles and hips, he or she can support a lot of weight which will help the flyer successfully execute different combinations.
The flyer is the one supported and elevated by the base while doing different poses. The flyer should have a great sense of balance in executing postures while being held by feet. One wrong move from the flyer and the base will become unstable resulting in failure in the routine.
The spotter is the observer of the base and flyer. The spotter’s task is also to ensure the flyer is safe as it lands to the ground. The tasks also include readiness and presence in the moment as the spotter determines whether the postures done are in good form or not.
There are a lot of different styles in this practice. A variety of poses from simple to extreme, for beginners and for experts. But one thing is for sure, you only need discipline and proper training.
Below are few of the many Acro Yoga Poses:
1. Front Bird Pose
This pose is a classic pair pose. Beginner’s classes always teach this pose as the posture is easy for both the flyer and base. This is when you and your partner’s trust will be tested as the flyer and base let go to do the routine while the spotter takes a good look at the alignment and balance of the posture .
2. Hangle Dangle
Another difficult posture to do in a routine. This type of pose requires full strength from the base’s leg supporting the flyer’s weight as it elongates the leg to achieve the pose. The foundation of this pose must be the base’s strength and balance to fully support the flyer without shaking to find balance and poise.
3. High Flying Whale
High Flying Whale is a variation of back flying. This pose is a therapeutic one as it makes the flyer relaxed while in a holding the pose. Both of the roles will achieve relaxation and flex in this type of posture.
4. Floating Paschi
This is another difficult pose. The base supports the flyer by reinforcing the base’s feet with the flyer’s torsos in an upside-down position. The base should have incredible arm balance and strength to support the flyer. And vice versa, the flyer should keep the balance tight to ensure both of them will hold steady until the base lets go of the flyer to land on the ground.
Here’s a video by Free Yoga on Acro Yoga Poses that you might like to help you get into the postures you are yet to add to your routine.
Now that you have the idea on Acro Yoga Poses, are you still up for some extreme poses with your partner? I bet you do! It’s not about whether you have a partner or not, even size don’t matter. It’s mainly on trust– for your partner, your routine, and most importantly, trust you give yourself. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and feel that rush in your veins and go find yourself in an Acro Yoga class today!
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Originally posted on March 21, 2018 @ 10:50 AM