We've literally just taken up AcroYoga in the last month... literally. And yet, we can already do, like, 5 poses?! For those of you who aren't into yoga, you can do closer to 20+ (non-acrobatic) poses after a month of daily practice. But this is a whole different animal.
Let's start with a brief overview. According to my research, AcroYoga melds three branches together: yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage (umm.. still not sure what Thai massage is, but when I know, you'll know). There are two types of practice: solar and lunar.
- Solar: The base (or the person doing the lifting) and the flyer (the person who gets to do all the fun stuff, like being lifted) are both in an active role. This is where they work on the acrobatic, fluid movements together.
- Lunar: The flyer is more passive in this type of practice, allowing the base to take control. The base supports the flyers weight in various positions twisting, stretching and massaging them (ah, there it is).
As you can imagine, the benefits of each are numerous, so I'll just name a few major ones from our experience so far.
- Connectedness - Todd and I have been through a lot in our marriage (some of which I'll talk about in the family section of my blog), so reconnecting is vital for us. Like, the marriage-saving kind of vital. Well, I guess that's a little far; God saved our marriage, but this has been incredible restorative for us. It involves a lot of communication (physical and verbal), as well as touching in ways both sensual and laughable (we find the two often go hand-in-hand).
- Plain Ol' Fun - Seriously, this is as much fun as it looks. Especially when you see the practice paying off and you're actually getting better! As adults, I feel like we often don't get to work on something that shows any progress very quickly (see my posts on weight loss or even raising a teen). However, for us, AcroYoga seems like one of those things that has more immediate gratification.
- Building Trust - This goes back to connectedness but I thought it deserved its own spot. From the very first time he lifted me up into front bird pose and neither of us broke anything, I knew we could grow from there. And after just about a month, our confidence in ourselves and each other has increased tenfold. Falling also helps.. Yes, actually falling and learning how to do it correctly has helped it not seem so terrifying (even if your husband is a crane and you're a long-haired chihuahua).
I will continue to post more on Acro as we grow in our practice. Let me know if you have any questions or anything specific you want to hear more about.