AcroYoga is a practice that blends yoga, acrobatics, and thai massage to provide both physical and mental health benefits. In addition to the exercise and strength building aspects, partner-balancing poses help improve concentration and trust. New skills are introduced & built upon so no previous experience in yoga or acrobatics is necessary for participating. However, participants must note that this is a more vigorous practice than other traditional yoga practices, and should prepare accordingly.
Participants will learn the three roles of an AcroYoga practice: Base, Flyer, and Spotter. The Base is the one with the most contact on the ground, providing stability and support to the Flyer. The feet and hands of the Base provide the foundation on which the Flyer lifts off the ground to assume dynamic positions, developing balance, confidence, and core strength. All the while, the Spotter will learn to keep an objective view of the partners, ensuring that the Flyer lands safely in case of any slips. The Spotter will also learn to make recommendations to the Base and Flyer to improve their form.
Damien and Mark will facilitate AcroYoga in this Retreat, while Amir will facilitate the ATB component. After decoding books and videos, the Damien and Marc have been offering workshops and retreats in Auroville over the past three years. Watch Damien’s AcroYoga at http://youtube/yvFWUXV_g5w. Damien has been practicing Acroyoga since the past 4 years by co-creating this workshop in 2010 at Auroville with a small group of yogis. He learns Asthanga yoga and Aerial through rope silk and trapeze at Miracle circus camp. He likes the flying therapeutic part of Acroyoga as a healing part of the mind and the body.
Participants will experience Modeling, an activity of Awareness Through the Body (ATB) which provides ways for individuals to discover and explore the body, and through the body awaken the consciousness of the entire being and all the parts that form it. Through exercises that enhance sustained relaxed attention, we explore the different planes of the being – physical, emotional, mental and the innermost centre. In this way, the individual can find better ways to “use himself” more efficiently and harmoniously. This will add to the experience of self-sensing and the effect of it on our being, while developing awareness and conscious control over contraction and relaxation in the physical body. For more information about ATB see: awarenessthroughthebody.com
A day to day schedule for this Retreat is given below. The schedule is optimised in terms of practice and rest.