Thailand is an epicenter for yoga. Especially Acroyoga. Technically its acrobatic-yoga but as a former gamer I like to think of acroyoga as multiplayer yoga. Acro is where you get a couple people together for one pose. You need a minimum of 1 base and 1 flyer (and should have a spotter or two). I’ll confess I didn’t learn yoga in Thailand but after practicing it on the glistening beaches in Krabi, fawning over weekly acroyoga sessions on Lanta and finding out they do daily acroyoga in Chang Mai I realize that I will not only revisit Thailand but also go to as many acroyoga sessions as possible!
Ronda and I went to our first acroyoga class about a week before leaving for Thailand. We watched a beginner video and practiced in my apartment before gaining greater understanding & developing much needed technique for beginner poses at Acro Seoul’s meetup. Acroyoga can be done by anyone but it certainly has a degree of strength needed. Core strength is crucial for all parties and the base needs strong legs too.
Partners need to trust each other. Before going into any pose make sure to test the weight. Ronda and I learned this both through Yogajournal’s AcroYoga 101 video and our acroyoga class. After a few failed attempts at home we got the technique for these basic poses down in the class and were excited to bring that to the beach!
Don’t let these photos fool you though. We were comfortable because the sand is soft. Learning acroyoga is synonymous with falling. Its great to have that luxury in a padded gym but the most important part of learning acroyoga is to have a spotter!
Its an amazing feeling when the base and spotter are in tune but it takes time. Don’t rush into acro. Be enthusiastic but always remember to take things slowly. Any quick movements throw off the balance and can send both parties tumbling!