Acro Yoga – Front Bird Pose


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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 :

  1. 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’
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. The flyer leans forward on the base’s feet, Allowing the base to take your weight on his/her legs.
  5. The base has to keep her/his core straight and strong, so that the base’s toes do not hurt the flyer’s stomach
  6. 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

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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

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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


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49 Replies to “Acro Yoga – Front Bird Pose”

  1. Wow, you really have to be physically fit to do this type of exercise… that’s awesome. I’s love to have that balance ♡ xox

  2. This sounds so interesting!

    Amy Ann

  3. It reminded me of my childhood. My aunt used to do this to me. Never knew it would be a Yoga pose. Interesting post though 🙂

  4. seen a few acro yoga moves on youtube and i feel that it’s a very good form of exercise and also a challenge for yogi-couples. it’ll take a lot of practice to not fall off each other too. i can’t even do a headstand as of now. haha!

  5. Acro Yoga is so amazing! I already do regular yoga but after seeing a video on YouTube last year I enlisted my husband to start doing some with me. It’s really fun!

  6. that clearly remind me of childhood, I remember my mother use to that to me … ha ha ha
    …yet for adults, damn that is tough i guess!

  7. Wow, such a very difficult pose to do yet so beautiful. I personally don’t do yoga, but lately, since it is quite popular in my area, I want to try yoga as well, the constructive one.

  8. I agree with Pam! You must really trust the person.. this is a nice post 🙂 Now i wanna find someone who can handle my weight!

  9. The photographs are gorgeous! I am not sure if I would be able to perform such complicated poses ever

  10. I love Yoga and the mental peace it gives to my nerves .. I tried to attempted few pose already and they are killer, thanks for sharing <3 x

  11. i would love to do acro yoga one day! i need to find a partner first!

  12. First time to know about this. Looks like a good one to try but I think this fits best to the light weight one.

  13. This is my first time on your blog and I so much feel connected to you through your blog already. Thanks to the simple yet attractive design of your blog and YOGA… I worship it. Though I am a Yoga lover I still am in a practicing stage and have no intention on becoming a trainer, because I enjoy being a learner in it always 🙂 Thanks for the video and all the necessary info. Will be around for more and go with the flow via your videos.

    1. Thank you soo much Tara.. I’m glad that you could connect to what I wrote here. I’m not a trainer either, I have been practicing Yoga since I was 12 years old though. Have you checked my previous posts on Basic Yoga ? Do leave me your feedback on them too! Thank you for your positive feedback, that really makes me want to go an extra mile and do what I do even more passionately 🙂

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