That is why I teach yoga
What fascinates me the most about AcroYoga is the development of people and communities. AcroYoga cannot be done by yourself. You need to work with other people and I believe that is when we learn most, both about ourselves and others.
AcroYoga also makes us push our boundaries and step out of our comfort zone. Let’s be honest, being upside down or balancing someone on your feet are not things that we do everyday, at least not yet.
But it is not about taking a blind leap of faith out of your comfort zone and come whatever may. Because we are exploring new territory, we need to create a framework that allows us to go there safely. Creating bespoke safe environment both on a physical and emotional (psychological) level has highest priority for me.
In order to ensure physical safety we must work on our foundations, just like building a house we need to start with the groundwork before we can put up the decoration. Having personalised and SMART progressions is a pre requisite for your development within the practice. Equally important is having a plan, knowing where you are going and making sure that everyone in the team (spotter/coach, base and flyer) knows and is okay with that plan.
On an emotional level it is important to understand that trust is earned and never given. Take it slow, get to know the people who you are working with, communicate. The most important part of communication is saying what you need, these conversations are what will build that trust relationship. Most importantly it also means saying no to things and accepting a no without judgment. Finally, always remember why you are doing what you are doing.