Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yoga Ramblings: Acro Yoga

Happy happy Wednesday everyone!!! It is beautiful here in Michigan today, and almost the weekend! Yippee :)
 
Today's ramblings I am going to talk about acro yoga (thanks to my co-worker for her awesome Valentines Day inspired post). Acro yoga is just yoga with 2 or more people to help theraputically and physically. It is pretty awesome, and I have yet to try it (unfortunately). However, I am going to make that change...as soon as I get home today :D. Gonna have to force the hubs to do it with me, but since he loves me so much he shouldn't mind right? Right. :)
 
 
Since I have never done it before and just started reading articles about it, I am going to share a nice exerpt from About.com. It goes into details and explains it in lamens terms. :)
 
{AcroYoga is a form of partner yoga where two yogis work together for therapeutic release and acrobatic fun. Founders Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein met in San Francisco in 2003 and began practicing together soon after, combining their backgrounds in yoga and acrobatics to create supported versions of traditional yoga poses with the intent to build human connections and create community.
One partner (called the base) supports the other (the flyer) in a series of aerial postures. The necessary personnel is rounded out by a spotter, who makes sure everyone has good alignment, so the flyer doesn't fall. The base most often lies flat on his or her back and supports most of the flyer's weight with his or her extended legs. The legs, when properly aligned with the ankles over the hips, can support a lot of weight, so that a small person is capable of basing a larger flyer. The base can support the flyer's hips with their feet for backbends or their shoulders for inversions, among many other possible combinations.
A therapeutic approach uses gravity to release the flyer's spine with supported inversions. An acrobatic approach allows for a dynamic partnership between flyer and base as they work together to discover creative ways to join their bodies in supported flight. After coming down, the flyer thanks the base with some Thai Yoga Massge (passive yoga stretches). While there are a number of established poses that are taught in AcroYoga classes, enthusiasts also get together for extracurricular jams, which encourage freeform acrobatic play.
Yoga can be a very solitary practice. Though many seek out a common experience by attending group classes, it can still feel like you are practicing with a bubble around your yoga mat. Partner yoga bursts that bubble, forcing an interaction. AcroYoga goes a step further by requiring cooperation and trust. AcroYoga co-founder Jason Nemer believes that it is this desire for personal connection in the face of an increasingly cyber-based world that has made AcroYoga so popular. "This practice has created a safe way for strangers to play and support each other," he says. "These are steps towards a more fun, peaceful world," he adds.}
 
And since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, you should go and try this with your loved one, your best friend, or anyone you love for that matter. As long as they are willing to try, it will definitely be a fun experience! Remember, falling is ALWAYS part of the practice, just try not to knock each other out if you happen to fall on one another. Don't forget to smile and have fun!
 
All about love :)
 
Involve your kids mamas!!!
 
I'll be sure to post a picture or two if I do get my hubs to try it with me tonight :)
~Happy Ramblings and Happy Valentines Day~

 

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Thanks for the support ! :) Peace and Love! :)