AcroYoga & Connection
There are many walls that society tricks us into constructing – that we’re different, we have nothing in common, that we don’t really ‘want’ to be friends or social with one another. It’s so easy to accept this way of thinking, to move through life with our heads down, disconnected from those around us and too nervous to put ourselves out there.
When I first found AcroYoga I was experiencing these feelings – I was travelling and had stopped drinking alcohol, I was finding it less easy to interact and connect with new people – beginning to question my confidence. At this time I had no idea what AcroYoga was, however a few people I was travelling with were planning to attend a class and I ended up saying I would go along. I figured it would be a one off, just something to do – but as we moved through the class there was a strange moment – I was told to take a complete strangers hand, to make eye contact and to take a deep breath with them. I managed an awkward smile, they smiled back and just like that my ideas regarding the difficulty of connecting with other people changed. All I’d had to do was look up from the ground, to make that tiny bit of effort and in doing so I’d found a whole class of people waiting to connect.
Since that very first experience I’ve been hooked – I embarked on my own AcroYoga journey, which eventually led me to becoming a teacher. While no Acro session is ever the same, every class I’ve ever been to has always served to remind me of the magic life has to offer – to connect, interact, share, support and play. This magic seems to have become somewhat forgotten in the modern world, we seem to downplay how important connecting with other people is to our existence. When I teach AcroYoga this is my focus – the connection between the members of the class, to pull people into the present moment through working together, connecting, laughing and smiling. Achieving beautiful positions ultimately become secondary to the importance of listening to one another, learning to trust one another and the creation of a supportive environment where people feel confident trying new things.