In the numerous disciplines included in the world of yoga, more and more followed by Italians and Italians of all ages, recently theAcroyoga. What is it? What are its characteristics? Could it actually be for you too?
We tried to find out more and, for this very reason, we tried to share some useful information with you: let's find out together!
What is Acroyoga
Let's start right from the basics. Or, what is Acroyoga?
In summary, Acroyoga can be defined as a mix of three traditions, such as Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai Massage.
More in depth, it is a form of yoga, but used in its more advanced and deeper dimension, which brings with it the playful, powerful and technical influences of acrobatics, with the consequence that there is much more movement than the more static experience of "traditional" yoga. In addition, there is also the contribution determined by the healing qualities of the massage.
Of course, with the philosophy of yoga contained in it, we go beyond simple physical practice (as all those who already practice one of the various forms of yoga will know!).
Where Acroyoga was born
Acroyoga was founded in 2003 in the United States by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer, a dancer and yoga instructor.
From that moment on, Acroyoga it gradually spread around the world, even if for the first years of life this technique remained substantially relegated to the United States, and therefore only arrived in Europe through the experience of some yoga instructors who ended up adopting and transporting it here.
What happens in a typical Acroyoga session?
A typical one Acroyoga session it begins with a deep psychological connection with oneself, and then with other bodies, through yoga in pairs or group work.
We therefore go through acrobatic techniques - such as learning to lift one another and be lifted, and the necessary alignment to do it in a safe and easier way. Three people work (at least), because there is a person who acts as a base (the lifter), a person who is lifted and one spotter which ensures that everything goes smoothly, lending a hand if needed.
That said, it is generally common to distinguish two types of practice.
On the one hand we have the lunar technique, a softer and more therapeutic style, which accentuates the focus on Thai massage and healing practices. In short, there is a "recipient" and a "donor". The base, the donor, supports the weight of the other person - moving it (to stretch and twist it) and massaging it. The subject who is raised is therefore very passive in this practice.
On the other hand we have the solar technique, where the focus is more acrobatic and empowering, considering that unlike the lunar technique, both people are active here. We therefore have a more dynamic and more “spectacular” form of acrobatic yoga.
Who is Acroyoga for?
Acroyoga can be done by anyone, especially in its simplest form, which is the lunar one. However, there are at least two types of people who might like this approach the most.
First, it is a playful form of yoga, which is aimed at who is new to yoga and is interested in this discipline in a different way. Maybe these are people who are put off by the thought that traditional yoga is too serious, or something, and who like to work with a partner instead.
Not only. Acroyoga can also appeal to those who have been doing yoga for some time, but are looking for a new dimension or a challenge to their daily practice, seeking the therapeutic benefits of both massage and physical exercise.
Tips for Acroyoga
Acroyoga is a technique that allows you to perform one new yoga experience which, as we have seen, can satisfy a large number of people.
Our advice, for those who are approaching this context for the first time, is to practice with an expert third person who can support you from the outside and who can communicate well with the protagonists of the exercises.
We also remember that during the therapeutic flight, the feet of the person acting as the base could press in the groin. This means that before approaching this type of technique it would still be advisable to talk to your doctor and in any case avoid doing it if you are pregnant, due to the compressions that you could suffer.
For the person who acts as a base, it is good to remember that there are numerous stresses on the lower back and, therefore, if you suffer from too much instability in the sacral joint, you will need to pay particular attention, in any case first consulting a qualified teacher.
That said, if you are curious about Acroyoga all you have to do is try it, without being held back by fear. You will discover an extremely fun and rewarding technique, with numerous psycho-physical benefits.