Acro Yoga is a holistic combination of Acrobatics and Yoga, usually done by two or more people; it requires quite a lot of strength and balance than for normal Yoga practice. Acro Yoga improves physical and mental health, through postures that require balance and grace at the same time. It is only fit for those who are looking for something more than fitness and are ready to go that extra mile to achieve it.
The stances usually have 2 partners, one known as the base and the other the flyer. The partner at the base is strong and has more point of contacts to the ground that enables her/him to hold the pose for a longer time. The flyer is the other partner usually elevated off the ground by the base and is graceful in various stances. Acro Yoga poses require you to hold in one stance for more than 30 seconds depending on your stamina. I have seen my friends hold stances for upto 3 minutes.
Featured here is a pose known as the ‘The Front Bird Pose’ that imitates a bird in flight, it is one of the basic poses that put your balance and stamina to test. Here is how you do it :
- One of the partners will be lying on the floor with legs elevated towards the sky, the pose looks like an ‘L’ shape. This partner is known as ‘the base’
- Next, the other partner i.e. ‘the flyer’ walks towards ‘the base’, making sure that she/he is standing parallel to the base’s legs
- Now the base’s feet are centered on the flyer’s front hip-bones/ lower belly, the flyer can hold hands like they are about to do “down-dog” (fingers forward)
- The flyer leans forward on the base’s feet, Allowing the base to take your weight on his/her legs.
- The base has to keep her/his core straight and strong, so that the base’s toes do not hurt the flyer’s stomach
- It would look something like the picture below, except that the Base’s hands are replaced by the base’s feet. You could try this variation too
Caution: Acro Yoga is a vigorous practice that needs to be done under expert guidance, as the exercises are tough and need supervision to be meticulously performed to avoid injury.
Quick tip for Alignment:
Flyer: If you feel stable, let go of your base’s hands and reach your arms back like bird’s wings
The Base keeps their hands up and ready to support the flyer in case he/she tips forward or wants to come down.
Objective of this pose : Front Bird perfects balance, teaching the flyer to be comfortable letting go of any support, where as for the base it tests her/his strength
This pose was performed by Archana & Pradeep Mehta
Photo Credits Haarika Reddy
Hope this was a fun yet knowledgeable read on Acro Yoga’s – Front Bird Pose. In the end it is all about having faith in your partner to achieve the pose. Have you done Acro Yoga before? If so, Do leave me your comments here, or you can reach me on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest