Last weekend we were fortunate to welcome fellow yogis Veronique Carlos and Taylor Zork to the studio for a pop-up acroyoga workshop. For those of you not familiar with this practice, acroyoga is simply a combination of yoga and acrobatics. And it's a team practice. Think about when you were a little kid. Maybe your mom or dad, an aunt or uncle, held your hands as they lifted you up with their feet so you could "fly" like an airplane. You probably didn't realize it at the time (and granted, it's a lot easier when you're 4 years old and weigh about 40 pounds) — but that would have been your first acroyoga practice!
Before we started flying, Taylor and Vero led our class of about 15 in a team-building exercise that introduced us all to each other — which was definitely nerve-racking for some, but got us all laughing and more relaxed. They then would show us each flying pose before dividing us into groups for us to try them ourselves. In acroyoga, there are three primary roles: the base (the person making contact with the ground), the flyer (the person elevated off the ground by the base) and the spotter (ensures the flyer lands safely).
The acrobatics part of acroyoga helps build strength and flexibility, but also trust between partners (we quickly learned just how important the trust aspect is to this practice). Meanwhile, you're also maintaining the physical, mental and spiritual disciplines of yoga. And above all else, acroyoga is fun. It's playful. It gets you out of your comfort zone. And we're so glad Taylor and Vero took a few hours out of their day to introduce us to the basics of acroyoga practice. Thank you to everyone who joined us. We hope some of you have continued your practice at home!