The Secrets of Acroyoga Exposed

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

 

Have your friends invited you along to an Acroyoga session yet? If not, expect an excited phone call or text soon. The Acroyoga trend, which blends yoga and acrobatics, began heating up a few years ago. Currently, studios all over the country employ instructors trained in Acroyoga, and it’s fair to say we’re in the midst of a full-blown Acroyoga pandemic. What’s so magnetic about Acroyoga? Not much, unless the idea of flying appeals to you and you’d like to end your session with a massage. Best of all, Acroyoga lets you revisit childhood memories of playing airplane on the family room rug with Mom and Dad.

Don’t let the Acroyoga couple poses you’ve seen scare you; we’ve all seen those Instagram pictures. Those Amazing Feats of Yoga spreads starring beautiful people holding their bodies bent like pretzels for breath after gorgeous breath. Double-filtered, double-posed, one sturdily supports the other who glides effortlessly through the air like an unusually well-dressed hood ornament. These photos aren’t merely aspirational yoga—they are impossible yoga!

What if I told you the body doubled poses of Acroyoga are far simpler than they appear? Impossible? Hardly. When Acroyoga appeared on the scene (sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s, there’s some controversy about the exact details), people hungered for a social, inclusive, exciting version of yoga that fostered partnership in groups. According to AcroYoga International, Acroyoga “tap[s] into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union.” An Acroyoga pose involves the “base” partner posing supine, serving as a stable support for his/her “flyer” partner, whom he or she lifts from the ground by establishing and maintaining contact with several key areas of the body. A third participant, the “spotter,” observes, offers recommendations and adjustments when necessary. These two-person poses are accomplished with relative ease because they harness the strength of two bodies and focus them on achieving the same goal. The philosophy of Acroyoga echoes the Biblical paradigm of two people accomplishing more than twice as much than one person working alone. Three are even better, and this accounts for the spotter.

Fans of Acroyoga applaud its fitness benefits and its transformation of yoga’s mind-body experience into a group experience. Traditional yoga practices the mind-body connection at an individual level, but because Acroyogis share both space and experience, their practice demands excellent communication. Though touted as a beneficial practice for romantic couples, Acroyoga’s innovation lies in fostering better communication among groups of non-intimate pairs because it allows them to build valuable life skills immediately. You must communicate precisely what you need to your partner, or else come crashing to the floor.

Acroyoga is a more dynamic and social practice, and it is accessible to a wide population and appropriate to all skill levels. Imagine the people you’ll impress with all your new poses on Instagram. What are you waiting for? New classes and festivals are popping up everywhere. Check acroyoga.org for more information on classes near you.

 

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Detoxify On Your Mat

»Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Being weighed down by stress plus an unhealthy lifestyle due to a busy schedule? Slacking on work or studies? Drained upon waking up? This could mean that your body and mind are in need of a detoxification. Detoxification doesn’t always have to be rough. Yoga postures or “asanas” can easily help to strengthen, rejuvenate and detoxify the body. Strike a pose and be cleansed!

The following poses will stretch and strengthen the muscles, stimulate the liver, kidneys and pancreas, and will cleanse the mind through breathing and meditation.

Wide-Angled Forward Bend. This pose stimulates the lymphatic system with the help of gravity, promoting better flow of blood in the body, releases tension on the hamstrings and boosts metabolism.

How: Begin with placing your feet at least four feet apart with the heels slightly turned out. Stand upright, bring your hands behind and interlace your fingers pressing your palms together. Inhale as you fill your lungs and breathe out as you fold forward from the waist, allowing your arms to stretch, lengthening the spine. Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths and gently stand back up.

Eagle Pose. Garudasana opens the shoulders, upper back and hips. It also stretches the calves and ankles. This pose stimulates circulation of blood in the legs, draining the lymph nodes.

How: Stand straight. Lift your right foot, bending your knee and allow your right leg to wrap around your left leg, resting the back of your right thigh on your left leg, and lock your right foot on your left hamstring. Cross your arms by the elbows with the right arm on top with the palms pressing against each, pointing upward.

Revolved Chair Pose. This posture stimulates the digestive system, liver and spleen while strengthening the core. It also helps mobilize and strengthen the vertebrae and spine.

How: Feet together and squat like sitting at 90 degrees. Make sure that your knee alignment won’t pass through your feet. Press your palms together in prayer and inhale, filling the lungs. Exhale as you twist your body, placing the left elbow against the right knee. Stay in this position for 5 breaths and deepen the twist every time you breathe out. Exhale and stand up to release. Do the same technique on the other side.

Shoulder Stand. Inverted poses drains the lymph nodes and promotes better blood circulation with the help of gravity. Shoulder stand is a great finishing pose in a session. It draws the blood towards the heart to be cleansed and oxygenated.

How: Start by lying on the ground. Breathe in and lift both your legs upward and exhale as you bring them over your head. Place your hands on the upper back for support. Inhale and extend on leg up and breathe out as you lift the other. Press through the arms and shoulders and tighten your core to straighten the legs and keep it aligned with the lower body. Focus your gaze at your big toes and hold for few breaths. Exhale lower your feet over the head and all the way back to the starting pose to release.

Yoga is known as a natural way to promote wellbeing. It is open to anyone who wants to experience transformation in their mind and body. It challenges you physically while slowly opening your mind to new possibilities, instilling composure and cleansing the soul. Always move with awareness and good intentions.

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Morning Yoga For Weight Loss

»Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Morning Yoga | 0 comments

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