If we’re Facebook friends or if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably gotten sufficiently annoyed and sick of my incessant #AcroYoga posts and pictures. #Sorrythatimnotsorry, but AcroYoga is THE SHIT. It’s an intense workout, it’s SO MUCH FUN and it looks fricken awesome. To be honest, it’s a lot easier than it looks. But sometimes it’s nice to pretend I’m super strong and graceful.
But in all seriousness, acroyoga is an amazing workout and literally ANYBODY can do it. I’ve seen fairly large people “fly” (there’s a flyer and a base, I’m sure you can figure out which is which) and I’ve based people a foot taller than me. (I might kinda suck at it, but basing is the hardest part – although it’s less about strength and more about balance.) It’s a great “trust exercise” that you can do with your partner (or anybody, really) because you rely on each other so much to balance and have to work together to execute every pose. You don’t need to have experience with yoga (although it helps) and you can seriously learn SO MUCH in such a short amount of time. I’ve never even done a successful cartwheel (real talk) and I was doing handstands in the air within four weeks.
Nathaniel and I took a 4 week class in June at Kaizen studio in Busan (60,000 won each and totally worth it). The teacher, Mindy, is AWESOME and has excellent technique. They do various types of yoga classes at Kaizen and will be starting another acroyoga class in August. If you live in Busan, join the Busan Yoga & Meditation Facebook group for a ton of amazing classes and events.
The first week, we learned basic skills like how to distribute weight properly and lift people up. We learned how to do “Folded Leaf”, “Bird” and “Free Bird”.
The second week, we learned how to “Backfly” and do a walkover into Backfly. We also practiced doing “Bow” in both Bird and Backfly.
The third week, we learned how to do “Throne”, which I still find the hardest.
The fourth week, we mainly reviewed but Nate and I met up with some of the girls an extra day to learn “Prasarita Twist”, which is going from Folded Leaf to Stradled Bat, “Candlestick” and another pose I don’t know the name of (pictured above).
We’re officially obsessed and now do embarrassing things like practice in public (the alternative would be to practice in our tiny apartment and possibly break a thousand things, including ourselves) and take way too many photos. GO TRY IT – you know you want to!