AcroYoga is a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a partner practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer co-founded the practice in 2003, which has since touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people world-wide. AcroYoga International supports AcroYoga as a practice that is available for every body, age, and ability. We support all beings through movement, connection, and play.
AcroYoga has 3 main elements:
Trust is the currency that we exchange in acrobatics. With this blanket of trust we become empowered and empower others. The Solar Acrobatic Practices are the tools to unlock that power in others and ourselves. The solar elements are strength building, inversions with spotting, and partner acrobatics.
As we build strength by using acrobatic and gymnastic training techniques we can expand the vision of our personal power. Push ups, down dog push ups, abdominal exercises and partner conditioning drills are some of the building blocks that bring the mind and body into strong teamwork. We also cultivate the ability to coach each other to encourage positively and teamwork.
The inversions and spotting give the chance to build trust and efficient acrobatic techniques for headstands, handstands etc.
Partner Acrobatics is where we put it all together in a group of 3: Base, Flyer & Spotter. The base creates the foundation for the acrobatics, the flyer trusts and dances through the air and the spotter makes sure this all happens safely! These practices build a playful, strong community that can help us all realize our true potential.
The first steps in the practice of AcroYoga are listening and relearning to be open. The Lunar Therapeutic Practice includes massage, therapeutic flying and partner yoga. The aim in these practices, is that both the giver and receiver can feel more full and balanced. Our main tools are gravity, sensitivity, loving kindness, feeling and releasing.
Massage is an ancient gift from traditions. It is a practice that can be cultivated by to open the body using bodyweight, loving touch and mindfulness. Before students fly each other it is key for them to have some massage technique so they can be more confident when they massage people while they are in the air.
Therapeutic flying is an inverted aerial massage. The base supports the flyer with their legs as the flyer hangs passively. The base uses gravity, stretching and sensitive touch to open the flyers upper body. When the flyer comes down they do massage on the bases warmed up legs. The session is complete when both partner have given and received, based and flown, inhaled and exhaled.
Partner yoga is the art of using each other’s body weight and breath to open and warm the body. This is a way for us to use a partner’s strength or bodyweight to open our bodies in new ways. In all of these practices gravity and loving touch help us to let go of fear and pain. As we learn to listen deeply we can use our power in a sustainable way.
Yoga is the glue between the Solar and the Lunar Practices. It is a Physical Practice as well as a life philosophy that is honed through postures, breathing exercises, mantras, etc. All partner practices are fed by solo practices. In AcroYoga we have designed a Solar and Lunar solo Practice that will help students embody the techniques that will feed into partner practices. As we delve deeper and self reflect in all areas of our life, Yoga Philosophy helps us to understand our divine gifts and invites us to put them to good use.
It is the wisdom of yoga that helps us to approach all of these Practices with humility, dedication and devotion. The path of yoga can impact your every decision, action and breathe with mindfulness, service and love.
AcroYoga is a community based practice. We ignite our collective potential as we support each other to reach new heights. AcroYoga invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to: give and receive; to support and to be supported; to be strong and sensitive. It is a systematic approach designed to be accessible to every practitioner, and encourages personal transformation in an atmosphere of acceptance, celebration and safety.