I never heard about AcroYoga when I was living in Russia. Apparently, now there is quite a big community of acroyogis in Moscow, but it developed only a few years after I moved to Los Angeles.
My first encounter with AcroYoga happened about 4 years ago. Back then, I’d spend every Sunday morning working out in Santa Monica Original Muscle Beach. It is located just south of Santa Monica Pier. Sunday mornings are very peaceful there. But if I stayed into the afternoon, I would see some people gathering on the green patch of grass (“The Green”) and practicing yoga poses together. It looked like what they did was extremely hard and I probably wasn’t at the level… but at the same time, I definitely felt drawn to the practice and didn’t get intimidated by it.
I started asking around to figure out what THAT was called… – it’s AcroYoga, because it combines acrobatics and yoga. In order to learn the basics, I decided to take a group class. My first AcroYoga class was in March 2014, and I have been in love with the practice ever since. After taking a few more group classes, I was finally comfortable to play with the people from the Green and I started attended Sunday afternoon jams on a regular basis. I also participated in the AcroYoga Elemental Immersion, AcorYoga Divine Play Festival and other acro-related workshops. I’ve attended AcroYoga jams in Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia. Our LA AcroYoga community is incredible and is definitely one of the largest in the whole country. I always invite my friends to come play with me on the Green and learn to fly some basic poses such as bird, throne, and high flying whale – as hard as it looks, everyone can do it with the right guidance 😉
As a private yoga teacher, I incorporate therapeutic flying as a nice relaxing way to finish sessions with my clients. It allows me not only stretch and massage them in a unique way, but also connect with them on a deeper level. And the last but not least, did I mention it is SO MUCH FUN 🙂 ?