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AcroYoga nach dem Klettern!

We had the pleasure to independently organize an AcroYoga workshop at the Marmot Climbing Festival in Königstein. Me and my co-teacher for the event Nadine, had a lot of fun with all of the motivated and spontaneous participants that showed up!

The workshop was a nice and straight-forward session dedicated to the fun, but also to repair our bodies from the demanding climbing we had been doing for three days straight!

We are looking forward to organizing that again next year, hopefully even included in the Festival’s program! 😉

Here are some pictures of the workshop!

 

Es war ein sehr schönes AcroYoga Workshop, den wir unabhängig auf dem Marmot Kletterfestival in Königstein organisiert haben. Ich und meine co-lehrerin Nadine hatten viel Spass mit alle engagierte und spontane Teilnehmer die aufgetaucht sind!

Auf das Workshop haben wir nicht nur Spass gehabt, aber haben uns auch dazu focusiert, unsere Körper zu schönen nach dem drei Tage von non-stop Kletterei!

Wir freuen uns auf nächstes Jahr, wo möglicherweise konnte das Workshop im Rahmen der Marmot Kletterfestival organisiert sein!

 

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Workshop at the Dutch Acrobatic Convention

It was a privilege to have one of the many many slots to give an introductory workshop to healing therapeutic flying at the 31st Edition of the Dutch Acrobatics Convention!

It was a really beautiful time with you all, you made the whole atmosphere of the workshop, and I loved relaxing my soul as I watched you relaxing your bodies until over 15 minutes after the last convention workshop ended 🙂

See you next year!

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Another great Workshop in Eriskirch!

Though being on the 1st of April, it was not a prank that we had lots of fun learning how to fly in new ways in the beautiful Namasté Yoga Studio in Eriskirch.

It was beautiful to help you spread your wings! Welcome to the infinte world of your possibilities! Stay tuned for more!

PS: Thanks for your patience with the, maybe this time too harsh initial strength and core-training 😛

 

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Grand Opening! Welcome!

Come in! Look around! Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to ask!

Ta-Daa!

I’m sliding aside the curtains of that long craved project: Officially Teaching AcroYoga! Actually, I have done that for a while, but with this website, I want to bring it a level higher. All those random workshops around the world, all these new excited faces on discovering the magic of AcroYoga and unfolding the power within their own bodies now are collected and can be identified with this. AYwA – Yes!

In this website, you will find details on the upcoming and past Workshops, any existing regular sessions, direct ways to contact or find me, and many other possibilities.

Here I am presenting myself to you in a natural manner, the way I am. I wear no masks nor I try to present anything else than what there is. That’s how you and I will feel most comfortable, and that’s how we will build a trust relationship that will enable you to flow in your AcroYoga practice while I accompany you in this marvelous journey.

I’m excited and thankful in advance for all what will come and for everything we will learn together.

Let the show begin!

 

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Why AcroYoga? – a yogi perspective

Without willing to enter deeply into its definition, Acroyoga is known as the practice that combines Acrobatics and Yoga. But the object of this article is to assess the following questions: Does it actually make sense? Can we call it Yoga?

On one side, partner acrobatics is the practice of using the body of two or more people to create static or dynamic figures with the end objective of creating beauty in highlighting balance and strength. Before any contact with Yoga, this sport has seen people lifted by the hips, balancing on feet, or standing upside down from the hands and legs. The practice of this sport requires athletic people featuring strength, flexibility and particularly, a great deal of balance.

On the other hand, the physical practice of Yoga traditionally only aims at preparing the body for meditation, but it’s agreed that it enhances mostly those same qualities that partner acrobatics require. Strength helps maintaining a healthy body, while flexibility and balance come in handy when time comes to sit for hours with an empty mind.

Eventually, a yogic lifestile could be considered in which the asana practice (the practice of yoga poses) is substituted with a well-rounded designed partner acrobatic practice that yields the same consequences and benefits to the practitioner’s body in terms of stretch, muscle work-out, alignment and balance. The development of these new asanas can and should be inspired by the traditional yoga poses, and in some cases can even open new doors to discovery, such as in the case of the inverted dhanurasana or bow, habilitated only by skillful bases and which enables the standard bow to be practiced with the gravity set to work in the opposite direction. This is what can be called Acroyoga.

Sometimes creativity will be necessary to reach out to all body movements that Hatha or Ashtanga poses trigger in the human body, and perhaps even the practice of those asanas separatedly from the acrobatic Yoga practice will be still recommended for beginners in Acroyoga. Also, the practice of Acroyoga should start off with a warm-up asana sequence designed to wake-up and stretch the muscles and ligaments that will be most solicitated during the acrobatic practice.

This new set of acrobatic poses (asanas) could potentially cover everything that the traditional asana sequences feature, and on top of that, they will offer some extra particularities, namely and mainly the fact that a partner is needed for the practice, and the need to develop trust and confidence in the said practice partner. These two aspects are not found anywhere else in the traditional yoga practice, thus it’s the right moment to ask: Are these in line with the rest of the yogic philosophy? and, if so, what do they add to it?

There are four traditional paths of Yoga that one can take to achieve the same end goal. From these four, the path of Raja Yoga, the Yoga of willpower and the unification of mind and body, is the one that has widespreaded in the west. The Raja Yoga has eight limbs that guide the practitioner in its path, and one of these is the practice of the well known Yoga poses. Also, one of the eight limbs of Raja Yoga, the Yamas or “duties”, is mostly related to a socially healthy behaviour with regards to other people and society in general. The Yamas ask us to be non-violent and non-injurious, to be truthful, to be disciplined in love, to not foster jealousy and covetedness, and to stay moral in front of gifts and bribes. These Yamas are sort of a detailed breakdown from the maximum rule of love and compassion. Love for other human beings and compassion for humankind. It is indeed a valuable aspect of Yoga and one that western societies need to work on, in the days of individuality and egocentrism. The article’s author even dares to wonder: Isn’t the highly individual and self-centered practice of Yoga poses what made it become so popular in the west?

By practicing Yoga in partnership, Yogis (people who practice Yoga) are faced with sharing the needs of the practice with other human beings. A practitioner will want to work in his or her physical body, stretching, movilizing, strenthening, ultimately preparing for meditation, but at the same time will need to share the working tempo with the partner who is aiming for the same. They both will have to grow trust in each other’s intentions and capabilities, and widen the range of observation, usually confined within our own body, to inlcude an awareness for the body of the partner, aiming at the ideal state of feeling both bodies as one. In the same way, practitioners will also have to give or dedicate part of their practice selflessly to the partner, while at another time of the practice they will learn to receive the specific benefits of the practice together.

At a higher level, the learning Acroyoga enables the Yogi to share his or her experience with any other partner around the world. As a by-product, a worldwide community is established, within which, regardless of their nationality, religion, or belief system, two persons will be able to immediately establish a bond of trust and love while benefitting from a healthy Yoga asana practice.

Without scientific proof available, it is easy to imagine how this nature of Acroyoga may develop a higher sense of harmony within our societies, enhancing love and compassion not only within our known and comfortable circles, but expanding it towards unexplored circles all around the globe.

Finally, one more aspect worth discussing is the intrinsic fun that Acroyoga provides, which makes it so attractive for many people, and that draws them into the Acrobatics first, the practice Yoga asanas afterwards, and ultimately to the yogic philosophy.

As a conclusion, Acroyoga can legitimately be included within the definition of Yoga, conceiving its figures as a supplement to the practice of Yoga poses and which carry further advantages and the development of further qualities beyond the physical well-being, in-line with the ancient Yoga philosophy. Nevertheless, a well-rounded practice can not be achieved by confining it into one single Yoga school, for which complementary physical practice of other Yoga styles will only add-up to good. Yin Yoga a candidate for perfect combination match with Acroyoga, but the reasons why and a detailed relation of benefits from one another would be a subject of a whole new article in itself.