Many people are put off acroyoga, because they think it’s only for experienced gymnastics-types who already have a willing partner to join them. The good news is, that’s not actually the case. Acroyoga looks impressive, and can certainly be challenging, but the same can be said for many styles of yoga. As with any practice, it simply takes time, an open mind, and a willingness to have a go.
(Learn more in Top 5 Reasons to Practice AcroYoga.)
Let’s dispel some of the common myths about starting acroyoga...
“Do I need to be really strong?”
No. While strength is important, much of what looks difficult is achieved by stacking bones, which means aligning ankles over knees over hips, or wrists over elbows over shoulders. Good technique makes all the difference. Additionally, you’ll build strength through the practice itself.
In acroyoga, one partner usually takes the role of the “base”, the person on the ground who supports the other partner, who becomes the “flyer." Often the larger, heavier person will become the base and the smaller, lighter person will be the flyer, but this doesn’t always have to be the way - there are some very impressive tiny-but-mighty bases out there.
One of the wonderful aspects of acroyoga is that the poses are obtained through an amalgamation of effort by both partners, with each person able to compensate for any weakness of the other, and able to draw on the strength of their partner when they need it. Together, after all, we are stronger.