We've been doing AcroYoga as a family since Kai was a baby and with every baby since! It's been such a beautiful way to be creative, playful, physical, spiritual and BOND/connect to one another. Especially as an adult, it's so easy to forget to play and laugh and be free.
We turn to this yoga in the moments we need a reset, the energy levels are high, and for the days you can’t get rid of the kids but want to shift the energy — YOGA PLAY!!!!! You don’t need any special skills, just an open heart, curiosity, trust and most importantly, communication.
This is perfect for couples who need to move through challenges or feel like you want a unique way to connect. This is perfect for moms and dads of littles who want to shake up the energy in the house and get your kids moving in a fun way that stretches their brain and encourages creative play. Give this a try next time you feel overwhelmed with your littles or with life. The sweetness will lift your spirits.
After you move and flow, finish with a big glass of water with Sunshine Drops for replenishment and cleansing hydration. The whole family can enjoy!
Tips to Acro Yoga
The Base is the person on the bottom that creates the foundation for each pose.
The Flyer is the person elevated by the base and for couples they will also need strength and balance for a successful practice.
Communication is key to a successful practice. Be open with what you’re feeling and your intentions for the pose/practice. It is especially important to communicate coming in and out of the pose. Parents you should do this with your littles too! Don’t just lift them sky high, communicate, ask and share!
For parents and couples, warm up before the poses. With ANY yoga pose I do I warm up with a few sun salutations and stretching. Your body needs to be flowing and open.
It’s all about the journey. You don’t need to go into crazy poses right away. Build trust and start slow.
3 Beginner Poses to Try
A great pose for beginners and littles because it is a very stable pose. The transition into this pose is great practice for the flyer to keep their body fully engaged and the base to learn how to balance the flyer.
Base - From a stable position, press your toes into your flyer’s lower belly. This helps them lift their chest.
Flyer - If you feel stable, let go of your base’s hands and reach your arms back like bird’s wings.
This is an easy one to do with your kid’s and the younger they are, just keep hold of their hands/arms until they are ready to let go.
PLANK ON PLANK
This is great for couples as it helps both partners build core strength and support one another.
Base - Take Plank Pose, with your hands shoulder-width apart, arms straight and vertical, core engaged.
Flyer - Facing your base’s feet, place your hands on their ankles. Press down with straight arms, lift the foot closest to your base, and place your ankle on his more distant shoulder. Point toes and press into the top of that foot. Engage your leg and core muscles. Place your second foot on your base’s near shoulder.
We love this one with our little Leo. This pose allows your flyer to play with a more advanced asana midair.
Flyer - Once you’re stable in Front Bird, slowly bend your knees and grasp your feet. Keep your core engaged, legs strong, and chest lifted, breathing slowly and deeply, trusting your base to support you.
Base - Point your toes even more to help lift the flyer’s chest.
If you’re still unsure about giving AcroYoga a try but want to then just go for it! This is an amazing yoga practice to build connection and community. It keeps your practice playful and challenges you, your partner and family in new ways.