There are many definitions of AcroYoga. Quite often, the definition of this activity is formed on the basis of aspects, which are emphasized by practitioners.
Back in 1999, Eugene Poku & Jessie Goldberg started to use that term to describe their movement fusion of acrobatics, dance and yoga. Later in 2003, Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer have defined AcroYoga as a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. According to Wikipedia, AcroYoga is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics. That last one is perhaps the most common definition.
After participating on different trainings and comparing so many approaches, we feel, that the most appropriate description of AcroYoga emerges from own experiences, from own “exploration process”.
Our exploration of AcroYoga led us to the following definition:
AcroYoga is a widely accessible, playful, but at the same time, challenging combination of Yoga, Partner Acrobatics, Movement and Therapeutic Exercises. It is a social and consciousness awakening activity, which pushes one’s physical and mental boundaries, teaches to communicate, to work together, to stay connected, to trust in oneself and one’s surroundings.
In general, AcroYoga embraces 3 important roles:
- A Base, who carries a flyer
- A Flyer, who is carried by the base
- A Spotter, who guarantees the safety of the base and the flyer
In the run of a process, people discover their favorite roles: being a base, a flyer or maybe even both.
The contents of AcroYoga are as variable as activity itself. Like we have already mentioned above, it is what practitioners find most important in it: Yoga, Acrobatics, Therapeutics, Arts, Healing, Performing, Experimental, Social Connection and so on, and so on. The list is almost endless!
Ruslan and Saar - founders of AcroContactYoga team - are among the leading figures of the AcroYoga scene in Belgium, with a comprehensive gamma of classes, workshops, performances and many other events, on national and international levels.
During their classes and workshops, Saar & Ruslan emphasize the importance of stable basics, with a profound accent on progressive techniques. They explain in all the necessary details individual and partner aspects of AcroYoga, encouraging their students to explore and to reflect on the process. Besides the technical approach, they also make space for creativity, playfulness and relaxation, with a focus on a tranquil and fluent breathing.
Inspired and certified by AcroYogaMontreal, AcroContactYoga teachers, Saar Wouters and Ruslan North, offer progressive and creative material for people with different backgrounds and levels.For beginners, it is to discover that "they can do more than they think". For experienced, it is to consolidate their level and to explore the challenges beyond.
Saar Wouters is a born artist, dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor, experienced shiatsu masseuse and innovative AcroYoga teacher.
Yoga came on her path in the year 2001, during one of her travels to India and it became an inseparable part of her life. Originally started with Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she moved on teaching and practicing, combining the gained knowledge with her versatile and personal input.
Long before Yoga, since her childhood, she had this need in expressing herself throughout art and movement. Saar studied theater, drawing, dance and also graduated in Orthopedagogics. Later on, all of that brought her in touch with circus and performing arts. Throughout countless performances, she kept growing professionally as an artist and created her own fire dance theater - ‘MovingFireArts’.
Her strong fascination for movement, arts, human interaction and yoga, brought her in touch with AcroYoga. Saar’s tall appearance, gracefulness and a high sensitivity for the process, motivates flyers to take off and brings bases with ease into their center.
Ruslan North is a technical thinker, experimental sportsman, creative mover, flow arts performer, aikidoka and innovative AcroYoga teacher.
Ruslan has settled in Belgium, since 2001 – his 3rd country after Soviet Union and Russian Federation. Originally from a huge city of Moscow, it was a whole process of understanding and adapting – for the 3rd time – to a different culture of a tiny country. That unique background, combined with his dedication to understand how things function, love for moving and doing, and his deep connection with different kinds of art, led him to multidimensional sports, such as Aikido, AcroYoga and Movement.
His teaching techniques inspire his students to approach taught subjects from different perspectives in a grounded and supportive way. His typical features are detecting simplicity in most complicated processes, ability to guide others in clear steps and a natural addiction of breaking down the ice with humor, optimism and ease.