You know how folks who questions the science of global warming always turn to the cyclical nature of things? How, when you’re talking about that expanse of time there’s all kinds of shit happens, going unrecorded for millennia, and that this is just another of those examples except now, like, we’ve got the technology to keep track?
I think yoga is sort of like, you know, nature. It’s been around forever, and has gone through any number of crazy iterations. It’s just now, in this age of endless record- blogging, social media, 24-hour news cycle- that we get exposed to every single one of them.
Perhaps when you’ve been around for thousands of years, there’s always some evolution- or revolution- required to keep things interesting and humans engaged, particularly in an era where engagement can be so very momentary. There’s always gotta be something new to keep things exciting.
‘Cuz yoga is all about the excitement.
And sitting, being, here in this present moment with my body is not quite enough… I need to be lifted, twirling and flipping on merely the soles of the feet of a VERY strong partner in this moment to be in full appreciation of what it, and my body, brings.
This new trend, AcroYoga, is taking the yoga world by storm. OK… maybe not by storm, but when you see the images, or the videos, of yogis and yoginis performing this brand of yoga, it’s really quite something to watch. In addition to the discipline and skill, the sheer strength- oh, and did I mention trust?- is really quite something to behold.
There are some yoga trends I’ve covered, such as Paddleboard Yoga, that I want to be a part of- the idea of yoga on water is a lovely one to me- and I do what I can to incorporate into my practice. Past the characterization of trend, perhaps, but still a little off his rocker, Bikram was total surprise to me- I love it!! But AcroYoga? This remarkable combination of yoga and acrobatics is likely one trend that may of us will never partake but it is still truly something beautiful to be admired.
In short, while at first blush it may appear simply a matter of strength and flexibility, there’s actually more to it. Co-founded by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer in 2003, “AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community.”
Remember when your dad used to lie down and balance you on his feet? I would let go his hands and pretend to fly… I do the same for my kids. I often yearn to be the one balancing.
Maybe I shouldn’t be soquick to set this idea aside…..