This week's location is Swami's beach, in Encinitas, California. Music by Kate Earl, Lupe Fiasco, Melanie Fiona, and G Love and Special Sauce.
I've been experimenting with watching my own practice for a while. It literally helps me SEE areas I can improve in. My goal is to post highlights of my practice whenever I have a chance and hopefully see improvement in each post. Maybe watching me grow will encourage others to reach for their potential. As you can see, I enjoy my practice, and I work hard as well. I am faaaar from perfect. These little practice diaries are not meant to instruct, just to inspire, document, and share some of my favorite music. Namaste!
Acro Yoga is a relatively new love of mine. A true Ashtangi, through and through, I thrive on the discipline and quiet strength I find on my mat. But when I'm off the mat... well, let's just say... I like to fly.
I met my Acro Yoga teacher/partner at Bhakti Fest 2012. Always a warm, encouraging, safe, and enthusiastic teacher, Tim Moylan convinced me to set a little discipline aside and try something new. What I have discovered in my Acro Yoga practice is just as valuable as what I've learned in Ashtanga, and it definitely requires lots of limbs! While Ashtanga has opened a doorway through which I may examine mySelf, Acro Yoga asks me to study how I interact with others.
To be "successful" in Acro Yoga, I am asked to understand verbal instructions and physical cues while my equilibrium is turned upside down. I am asked to trust the human foundation beneath me. I am asked to find and let shine my own power, balance and grace. I am lifted. I am supported. Then I am reminded to smile. Acro Yoga is trust, communication, union, and liberation. It is also breath and strength and flexibility.
Now the fine print! I do not recommend that anyone and everyone run right out and practice Acro Yoga. My Ashtanga practice has given me the strength, flexibility, and proper alignment to practice Acro Yoga safely. I also learned from a certified Acro Yoga teacher. I truly believe that it's a very therapeutic complimentary practice to Ashtanga. Just make sure you begin with a strong yoga foundation and a knowledgeable, experienced teacher!
Here are some recent clips from my practice with Tim Moylan at Esalen: