By Håvard Kindem
What is AcroYoga?
AcroYoga is a form of partner yoga but a more advanced, deeper dimension of it. It brings in the playful, powerful and technical influences of acrobatics, so there’s lots of lifting your partner, and the healing qualities of the massage. The philosophy of yoga embedded in it takes it beyond just a physical practice, it’s more than that, as we know with our regular yoga practice
AcroYoga was started in 2003 in the States by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer, a dancer and a yogi. You can find out more about them on the Acroyoga website acroyoga.org.
Play improves your cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. Through play, we learn about the world and ourselves. We also learn skills for study, work and relationships such as: Confidence, self-esteem, independence, and coping with challenging situations
Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure.
Body & Mind
Exercise is powerful medicine. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts energy, and can help you reduce stress. It can also help you maintain a healthy body weight and curb your appetite.
Meet your teacher
Håvard Kindem is a certified AcroYoga International teacher who fell in love with AcroYoga due to its playfulness, physical challenge, and community. Primarily focusing on the acrobatic aspect of AcroYoga, he's gone down the rabbit hole, planning to become the future Prince of Icarian.
He teaches both standing and L-basing — flows and washing machines are fun, but having an inclination towards uncommon transitions, he likes to challenge his students with those. He has a keen eye for breaking down techniques and progressions, promoting rapid growth in a safe manner. While his primary role is basing, he never says no to expand his flying skills.
Teaching with the talented Jules Kühner (@yogabyjules), we'll be teaching the workshop Conditioning for partner acrobatics at the worlds biggest acro convention.
For the first installment of this festival, we have Sofie Hyllén (@mindfulacroyogi) joining us from Sweden to teach an introductory course to AcroYoga.
The German Kula Celebration has been around since 2011, and this year we'll be teaching pops and Icarians with Lena Graf (@lenamirjamgraf).
Workshops & Classes
We provide workshops and classes across the world, partnering up with local teachers. For the workshops, we usually teach a pose, technique, or flow within a specific theme. This can for example be an Icarian pop, hand-to-hand, or a flow like pickpocket. We love building communities and that's why we are super happy to provide courses over periods of time, most often eight weeks. Here we teach moves which builds on the previous classes, allowing us to properly go in depth with the technique and help elevate the community as well.
Some of our favourite things to teach are:
Conditioning and drills
Pass the flyer
Whether you're a teacher or a future student and want to partner up to do something in your area, don't be afraid to reach out.
Want to super boost your AcroYoga practice, learn a specific pose, or just refine your practice? We offer private classes where you'll get a personalised AcroYoga experience, tailored to your wishes. We often find ourselves helping our students push through mental blocks or previous traumas from falls etc. If there's a move you've been wanting to learn for a while, why not give us a shout?