With over 472,000 Instagram posts, #AcroYoga is growing in popularity among yogis and fitness enthusiasts everywhere and I’m definitely included in this growing bunch.
What is it?
AcroYoga was developed in the late 90’s through a combination of partner acrobatics, Thai massage and yoga.
The result is often a beautiful image created through two or more people that is sure to inspire you to attempt it yourself!
I recently came across some AcroYoga posts on Instagram and I instantly wanted to give it a go, just to see if I could do it!
At first glance I thought some of the AcroYoga poses looked like a piece of cake but I quickly learned that it’s often harder than it looks, which only adds to the fun.
After recruiting my fiancé for a few more AcroYoga sessions we quickly fell in love with the challenging yet rewarding practice.
Here are 5 reasons to love AcroYoga:
- Builds Trust: AcroYoga involves contouring two bodies together in a way which requires a great deal of trust that your partner will securely hold you up in the air without allowing you to fall. In some cases this could be the base holding the flyer in the air with nothing but their feet!
- Demands Teamwork: AcroYoga is also referred to as Partner Yoga and for a good reason. It without a doubt requires teamwork to successfully pull off the poses and that means both participants must be contributing for it to work. You can’t just rely on the “base” to do all the work. The “flyer” has to contribute as well.
- Improves Communication: Every successful team has great communication and this certainly applies to AcroYoga. My fiancé and I took the approach of learning AcroYoga by just looking at a photo or video and trying to recreate it on our own, without any instructions. This took a tremendous amount of communication and bouncing ideas off of each other until we could find a successful outcome.
- Reduces Stress: Partner Yoga physically connects people which results in an increase of dopamine release and reduces stress. Not only does the physical contact release mood boosting hormones but the thrill of successfully completing a challenging pose can create a great deal of happiness as well.
- Creates Confidence: Don’t be intimidated by the photos and videos of advanced Yogis that make AcroYoga look effortless because it really can be done by any body type but that doesn’t mean it’s not a challenge. Partner yoga forces you to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Whether you are the base or the flyer the feeling of successfully pulling off a stunning pose is sure to make you feel better about yourself.
XOXO – Abbey
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