Acroyoga explained

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:

Acroyoga

Yoga, as an ancient art, dates back to the 7th century B.C. Acroyoga, on the other hand, was created in 2003 to blend yoga, acrobatics, and healing arts for a new style of practice accessible for everyone.

Three main pieces make up Acroyoga. The first—Solar Acrobatic practice—builds trust, empowerment, and joy. The second—Lunar healing arts—practices, develops listening, loving, and tension releasing skills. And the third—yogic practises—grows your breathing awareness, life balance, and connection.

Difficulty level: You can find varied levels of Acroyoga, from beginner classes to advanced courses and retreats. Make sure you know which you’ve signed up for before you go!

Best part of Acroyoga: With so many levels and aspects of Acroyoga, you can find the right teacher and class to suit your style and taste, plus get an idea of healing arts and acrobatics along with your traditional yoga.

Once you feel like taking your yoga practice and learning beyond the studio (say, to a beach), check out some yoga holidays and retreats and indulge your inner yogini/yogi.

Last week’s term: Hatha Yoga