Acro Yoga

Definition - What does Acro Yoga mean?

Acro yoga combines acrobatics and yoga. There are several schools of yoga that fit this category, including AcroYoga Montreal, ACROVINYASA and AcroYoga International. The latter was founded by Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein, who codified the practice and were the first to create a teacher certification path.

Acro is a Greek word that means “elevated,” while yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "union." Acro yoga, therefore, is a partner practice involving elevated and inverted poses in which the partners work in unison.

Yogapedia explains Acro Yoga

The roots of Acro yoga go back thousands of years to asanas that included elements of acrobatics. Krishnamacharya, generally considered the father of modern yoga, included Acro yoga-type poses in his practices by balancing children on his feet.

In Acro yoga, there are typically three people for each pose: the yogi who forms the base of the asana; the flyer, who is the one lifted in the posture; and the spotter, who supports the flyer and helps to ensure proper alignment. The base yogi often lies or sits on the the ground and balances the flyer on his/her feet, shoulders, hands, back, legs or a combination.

Acro yoga practices build trust, compassion, connection and communication among the yogis. On a spiritual level, Acro yoga develops empowerment, life balance and a sense of pure joy. On a physical level, the practice improves balance, flexibility and strength.

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