Elisha Jachetti, Certified Personal Trainer

 

AcroYoga is a relatively new practice that fuses the strength and power of acrobatics with the poses and movements of yoga. Over time, two different schools have formed that possess the authority to certify other instructors. Both schools were created completely independently from one another and without knowledge of the other’s existence. As a result, each school has its unique approach and ideology, but regardless, they share similar foundational basics.

Click to watch a video of Hagar Tsabar and Elad Sadeh doing AcroYoga! Photography and editing by Aviv Zidkiya

 

AcroYoga, Inc., which began in California, was founded by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer. According to their website, their practice is grounded in three main elements (1) “Solar Acrobatic Practices that cultivate trust, empowerment, and joy” through inversions with spotting and partner acrobatics, (2) “Lunar Healing Arts Practices that cultivate listening, loving, and letting go” through massage, therapeutic flying, and partner yoga, and (3) “Yogic Practices that cultivate breath awareness, life balance, and coordination,” through postures, breathing exercises, and mantras.  The company offers classes and workshops all over the world, claiming that anyone can get involved regardless of body size or level.

 

AcroYoga Montreal, which began in Canada, was founded by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku. It is the older of the two organizations. The two masterminds met in dance school in 1982 and evolved this new idea over time. In 2003, after collaborating with Daniel Aubin of the Acromaniacs, Goldberg and Poku had the realization that both yoga and acrobatics require the participants to be fully present in the moment, making both practices easy companions.  They then expanded AcroYoga to AcroYoga Fusion, which merged their dance background with their current methods, drawing on break dance, modern, jazz, and ballet.

 

AcroYoga is truly beautiful to behold, especially the partner yoga poses. It is quite exciting to see how yoga grows and develops over time, influencing other art forms and physical exercise.

 

Find more information here: http://www.acroyoga.org/ and http://acroyoga.com/about-us