When I first found AcroYoga I was recovering from trauma, it was a safe place that I could find connection, intimate/affectionate touch and a fun community dedicated to health and wellness. Every Friday, I would trade a couple hours of work at my favorite yoga studio for the one weekly AcroYoga class in New York City. Often the crew would go out for dinner afterwards...Read More
I have been practicing Acroyoga (not Acro) for almost four years. I love it, and it is a regular part of my life. I am also an over thinker, so I think endlessly (and needlessly) about everything that I experience then relate that to everything else in my life. Needless to say, I have a lot of thoughts about acroyoga...Read More
For the better part of 2 years I've been lucky enough to be married to an amazing woman who I have been training with for the past 5 years. Our personal relationship supercedes any Acro partnership though, as we have been a couple for 11 years...Read More
Cuando decidi hacer mi tt de Acroyoga mi madre me dijo .- tenes 30 años! ¿Cuanto tiempo te va a durar esta profesión? A lo que respondi.- Madre quizás muera en un año, mientras tanto voy a pasarla bien...Read More
I was at the last day of my 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher T raining when Charlie Berman asked me to fly star on her. Naturally, I took a picture of the pose and later used it as my Facebook profile image. That night, I went home and started looking on the AcroYoga website to find more of this form that allowed me to fly on, and invert friends...Read More
Amidst a whirlwind of body builders, cardio dance posses, new fitness gadgets and about 50 different flavors of coconut water there stood a modest booth entitled AcroYoga and a group of yoga instructors who spend the majority of their time upside down and barefoot. It’s the 2016 IDEA Fitness Convention in Los Angeles. Typical of LA it was a sunny and beautiful day outside, but we were inside a windowless, temperature controlled room....Read More
Oliver Chamorro is en route to the Middle East with Sonia Peltzer and Sharon Peregrina. They are leading an immersion for volunteers at the Jerash and Gaza refugee camp in Jordan, sharing AcroYoga with the children at Beit El Yatimorphanage in Lebanon, and many other places.Read More
Brian Davis is an AYI-Certified Teacher who travels the globe with his wisdom, and now, with his wares. We are so excited to finally have his new gear on our new online shop. As part of the AYI Co-Op, we like to offer out not just the product, but also highlight the makers who create them, as they are a crucial part of our global community. We had a little q&a with Brian late last autumn, and though we would share it with you here.Read More
"Being that life is full of surprises, there is nothing more valuable to me as I travel than rituals that slow me down and help me feel earth. I drink tea almost every day and there are some tricks to making this ritual as rich as the tea you are drinking..."Read More
I stumbled upon AcroYoga in the same way that you’d stumble right into a telephone post while walking down the sidewalk. Smacked me so hard in the face that I couldn’t recover. 7 years later, I’m still in love with the practice and look forward to continuing my own journey and sharing it with the world.
AcroYoga has innumerable tools for life—its helped me overcome physical boundaries, become an outlet for my creative expression and most importantly, has become my network of support. I’ve found some of my most intimate friends, family and dearest colleagues here, and every event or gathering feels like coming home.
The Elemental Immersion is the integration of Yoga, Acrobatics and Healing Arts. We create a safe container for you to enjoy being a student, where you have the opportunity to let go of your perceived limitations and practice the art of play! Experience the thrill of forward and backward therapeutic flying, learn how to spot and train inversions and deepen your own personal practice through the Lunar and Solar asana sequence. If you’re a seasoned acro-yogi, this immersion is an incredible platform to connect with your community, and to refine your skills and tune up your foundations.
Britta Rael will be assisting an Elemental Immerision in Los Angeles March 24th-27th. For More information : CLICK HERE
From a brisk Portland walk to a warm AcroYoga welcome, you make your way to the Oregon Convention center for the 6th annual Divine Play AcroYoga Fest. Greeted by the smiling faces of AcroYoga friends from around the globe, you enter the convention center that has been transformed into a golden ticket to the largest and most diverse gathering of AcroYogis in the world.
You get your wristband promptly and peer beyond the conference room doors to witness for the first time what looks to be a room packed full of AcroYogis, healers, acrobats, and yogis bound for the sweetest three days of practice, technique building, and absolute, undeniable, divine play. Communities from Dallas to the Dutch are practicing in one place, under one roof, unified by the supportive connection AcroYoga brings to the globe.
This year’s Divine Play was the largest yet, with more than 1000 attendees of all ages, sizes, creeds, and colors from over thirty countries. With a record number of classes, participants had the chance to participate in everything from “Hand to Hand Entry and Exit” to “Therapeutic Release for Head Neck and Shoulders.” Teachers from different lineages came to share their wisdom, from Det and Jim’s high flying acrobatics to Benjamin Marantz from Hawaii, revealing the soft side of inversion therapy with his AcroSage technique. Regardless of where you were from or the experience of your practice, there was something for everybody.
After 2 days of nonstop AcroYoga it was time for some entertainment. The AcroYoga talent show this year was the most outstanding yet! The show included some of the most sophisticated choreographed dance and drama performances the community has seen. With performances ranging from high flying hand to hand acrobatics to an AcroYoga vedic philosophy play. Closing ceremonies only beckoned forth the next series of incredible connections, and inspired AcroYoga International’s next moves, which we share with you here.
In trust, connection, and play, you remain connected to this incredible web of Divine Players. We can't wait to see you again… shall we go to JAMAICA???
Sittin' in the park
Can't do Acro with just me
So I'm plankin', downdog, crow, no star
And handstands 'gainst a tree
Wishin' someone else were here
Maybe three or four
To get this Jam to slammin'
My feet and hands can be your floor
We could do some hand to hand
Dance lifts anyone?
Ninja star and shoulderstands
That would be some fun
And we could build a pyrimid
Seven wide and five folks high
If only more of you kids
Were here so we could try
Everybody strike a pose
And we can get a pic
So all our facebook friends will say
"Dude! That's really sick"!
And we could dazzle all the park
With moves so fancy free
From now until it's getting dark
But then I look around and see
I'm alone sittin' in the park
Can't do Acro with just me
So, I'm plankin', downdog, crow, no star
And handstands up against a tree
Some shots from this year’s performances at the Divine Play AcroYoga Festival in Portland, Oregon. What a fantastic show! I loved the variety in style and emotion that each piece offered. Enjoy!Read More
Recently my good friend (and amazing teacher) Ofir and I were invited to teach an all women’s weekend retreat in EcoME (Ecological Middle East) a community launched near Jericho in December 2010. It is a pioneering grassroots project taking a unique multi-level approach to peace work in the west bank.Read More
If you’ve been around in the last few years, you may have heard that Portland is an amazing place to be, but if you’re visiting Portland for the first time, or for just a few days, it can be hard to know where to start. The city sprawls over hundreds of little neighborhoods, each lined with world class restaurants, amazing bars, boutiques, art studios, and busking hipsters. With food and entertainment on every street corner, here are three areas that make Portland a great experience and well worth a visit...Read More
A pretty funny take on the first time doing some AcroYoga poses. Cleary the instruction was vague enough to create a little comedy. As always, practicing in a classroom with a certified AcroYoga teacher is the way to go.
Over the years, I’ve learned that nervousness is an indication I’m about to undergo a paradigm shift—to choose a path that will forever change my sense of myself and my reality. Sometimes the shifts provide fairly instant gratification, like sticking a hand-to-hand in a performance, and having women approach me afterwards to tell me that I inspired them, made them proud to be ladybases....Read More
"I always thought courage was some kind of characteristic. I'd see people doing brave things and think "Well, they just simply have more courage than I do." But I now know that's not really true. The truth is that they call on their courage more than I call on mine. So it's not the courage one must develop, it's the calling. The ability to call. Anyone can practice this thing called calling." ~ Steve ChandlerRead More
It is not about being a dancer. It’s about being human.
This is no performance. This is life. Our ancestors danced for days on end.
Dancing brings the barriers down.
In order to dance with abandon we must be willing to feel vulnerable.
Dancing opens up the channels and awakens an ancient wisdom.
Nature's hues are brilliant foundations for all designers. These particular shades of warm gray, deep dawn-blue and golden sunlight also inspire Carbon38.com's color forecasts for this very precipitous season. Their selection of independent and classic activewear designers is superbly curated.Read More