If you have been around the SUP and Yoga scene for the past while, then chances are you have probably seen or maybe even tried some AcroYoga.
AcroYoga is a blend of acrobatics and yoga; it combines breath, good body awareness, a partner, and (most importantly) open communication. Ever since we met the fine folks at Hala and got introduced to the amazing and fun world of SUPing, we have been exploring the practice of what we call “Acro SUP.”
Sounds super hard, crazy and fun right? It is, but lucky for you we have some tips for getting into it and what poses we find to be the most approachable.
1. Make sure you are confident and are familiar with the board.
Before trying to balance or be balanced by another person on a SUP, it is always good to learn how the board works first. Our suggestion is to do some yoga poses, and maybe even try a headstand to see how it feels. Basically, play around with the board before adding another person to your equation!
2. If you have never done AcroYoga before, STOP reading right now and go sign up for at least 5 classes.
This is an obvious point, but it needs to be said. Don’t attempt any of this if you have never done acro before. Make sure you are confident with the basics as you could do yourself or partner some harm.
3. Try these four poses first.
To fully test this theory, Jason and I took his brother and wife out (pictured) who are beginner AcroYoga practitioners and had them do all of the poses with one of us!
1. Candlestick: With the base laying down, the inverted flyer grabs the tops of the base’s knees. The flyer’s shoulders are in the bases hands.
2. Free Shoulderstand: The flyer is in an inversion in the base’s arms, with only shoulder and elbow connections. If the flyer stays in a straddle pike position with their legs, it is easier for the base to balance
3. Star: The flyer is in an inversion with their shoulders on the base’s feet. The base and flyer have hands connected. It is easiest if base can release one foot and use the other foot for balance.
4. Foot to Hand: The flyer’s feet are in the base’s hands.