October 11, 2008

Acroyoga: Work honestly, Meditate Everyday, Meet People without Fear—and Play.

Work honestly,
Meditate everyday,
Meet people without fear,
And play. ~ Baba Hari Dass

I briefly met the Jenny and Jason, the founders of Acroyoga—acrobatic yoga—a few years back when Joshua Onysko and I lived in the same apartment building, on Broadway in downtown Boulder. Then, yesterday, I was climbing at The Spot with my lovely accountant, Samara, when a few yogi friends started doing acroyoga off to the side, out of the way of all the boulderers. Laughing, clapping ensued—as it always seems to do whenever I’ve seen acroyoga demonstated. I jokingly said, you guys are alright, but let me show you how it goes—they called my bluff, and I wound of learning my first acroyoga ever (I was the clumbsy one in the air). Check the professionals:

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editorial dept elephant journal Dec 11, 2008 4:11pm

While downward dog is fun, after a million of ’em it was nice to find a new style of yoga, Acroyoga. It is a combination of acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage. Individually each component of Acroyoga has been around for a really long time but there seems to be a reawakening in the U.S. as a result of the fusion.

I have really enjoyed learning acroyoga as it is not only something fun to do but it liberates the studio atmosphere, building community which is typically not as prevalent in other styles. Of course vinyasas, hatha and the infinite other types of yoga have thier respective benefits but to me none are as fun as acroyoga.

There are only a few acroyoga teachers in the country and here in Colorado, specifically Denver Metro and Boulder we have two certified teachers. Check out http://www.acroyogacolorado.com to find out about available classes. I particularly encourage beginners to attend the Boulder Tuesday night class at 7:15pm held at Om Time.

Also check this out http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2008/arts/beachobatics/index.html it seems that the roots of acroyoga are much more profound than the recent hype.

Ryan Mazer
Director, Natural

Meghan Oct 22, 2008 12:25pm

Heya Waylon! It’s Meghan, the girl who flew you at the spot…awesome article! Hope you can join us this Sunday in Denver for the workshop it’s going to be big fun!

Big love,

Meghan 🙂

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