Definition - What does Torch Pose mean?
Torch Pose is a posture found in AcroYoga, a style in which traditional Hatha or Vinyasa Flow are combined with acrobatics. A key feature of AcroYoga is that it is practiced by two people together. Torch Pose is an advanced level standing lift pose, in which one person provides a standing base and the other person is a flyer (lifted off the ground by the base).
Yogapedia explains Torch Pose
To practice Torch Pose, follow these steps with a partner:
- To begin, base squats and holds flyer's thighs, flyer holds onto base's shoulders.
- Base lifts flyer until arms are extended overhead. Base takes right hand to flyer's right thigh and extends left arm out to the side.
- Flyer places left foot on base's right shoulder whilst raising arms and torso up and extending right leg back.
This pose may be held for as long as both base and flyer can remain stable. Torch pose requires a great deal of upper body and core strength from the base, as well as core strength from the flyer. It is important that both practitioners sufficiently warm-up the body prior to practicing this pose.