Acro Yoga

My boyfriend and I flew down to Cabarete for the Holidays to do some kitesurfing.  Unfortunately, due to a small unforeseen situation, our airline misplaced our luggage with all of our kiting equipment. So for the next 3 days (how long it took to get it back) we had to find alternative pass time.  Of course we were a bit bummed but we were in paradise so the morale was still high.

Friend’s of ours have started getting into acro yoga so we got inspired to try it out, plus we figured the beach would be a perfect surface for the bails. So we YouTubed some beginner poses and found some inspiration online for some pose goals. If you are not familiar with acro yoga, it is a combination of acrobatics and yoga with a partner. As such one partner is the base and the other is the “flyer” and as a duo you strike a pose or run a flow.

Learning acro yoga was a lot of fun; it was a great little beach workout and exercised trust. So here are a few things we learned along the way:

  1. Make sure your base is solid. For whomever is acting as the base make sure you are grounded steadily. In our case, all of our poses were the base lying with their entire back torso to the ground. A strong base is key!
  2. Feet and/or hand placement. This was probably the trickiest for us but having the optimal feet spot on the hips or the bum makes is a lot easier for the flyer and the base to find stability and support. It took us a few tries before finding certain placements which was the source of a few good bails.
  3. Engage your core, especially if your are the flyer. This helps stabilize your body, avoids your legs or torso from drooping from one side to another and really makes the bases’ job a lot easier.
  4. Communication. This one is crucial; we learned to communicate each of our movements which allowed us to ease into a pose much more easily.

To be honest I think we ended up surprising ourselves with some of the poses we were doing and quite happy with our progress and now looking for more pose inspiration to try together.  All in all, I would definitely recommend if you and your partner are looking for a fun activity to do together.

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