Standing in the living room we looked at each other and both realized this could be dangerous. We slid all the furniture to the edges of the room, clicked on the Scentsy to add an extra layer of relaxation, and slammed the drapes open to let some of the Spring sunshine in. Since we felt the rug wasn’t going to be enough cushion if we crashed, not to mention the hardwood if we missed the rug, we sprawled out some yoga mats and towels. It didn’t take much convincing to get a partner for this activity. This was going to be our first official AcroYoga experience together. For me, the appeal was being able to workout without it feeling like work, having a buddy to connect with while doing it, plus it looked challenging.
I’ve seen some pretty crazy poses where I thought, “Nope, that’s never going to happen.” Even some of the beginner poses looked intimidating, but I found my partner and I could get into the majority of them. Of course this required a few tries. When shifting into position, use slower movements to keep balanced since you’re trying to find the balance between two people instead of just yourself.
The foundation of AcroYoga is focused on trust, playfulness, and community. I could see how a community or cult following would result from this activity. How could it not when all you need is space and people? But I won’t go as far as to explore the community. The fun was in the playfulness that came with trying new poses. Both of us were clumsy, giggled, and made funny faces as we tried to hold our positions. Besides, some of the poses require you to be balanced on the feet of your partner and it does take a bit of trust hoping that they won’t launch you across the room.
Of course AcroYoga is much different than the Bikram yoga I talked about in a prior blog post, but it’s still relaxing. By not letting the poses intimidate you, you can workout some of the stresses of the day with your partner. Exploring the poses and laughing through them definitely creates a bond with you and your partner. Try some of these beginner poses today. All you need is a buddy and some space.