Hello, I am Sonia (or Savitri) and today I want to talk to you about Acroyoga. First of all I want to tell you my own personal experience and how I have come into contact with this discipline, it may sound familiar.
In 2014 I worked as an administrator in a company outside Barcelona, I spent more than 10 hours away from home and, when I finished working, I was so mentally tired, and I had no energy to go and practice any sport. At that time I didn’t practice Yoga. I had a routine that didn’t fill me up and, even though I didn’t understand much about energy in the body, I felt dull and stagnant.
Would you believe me if I told you that Acroyoga found me before Yoga?
That’s how it was and I’ll tell you how!
My studies in Social Education led me to a personal project with a civic center for minors: the Espai Jove Boca Nord. In the summer of 2014 we met at the home of the organizers of the mural project, and between endless snacks, a brainstorming session and a lot of time concentrating, we agreed that the best thing was to take a break.
During the break one of the girls at the project told me: “Come on, let’s do Acroyoga! I replied, “Let’s do what?” and without realizing it, I was upside down, completely out of control about what was going on. How could a girl of my own size lift me up in the air? With unexpected wisdom I applied maneuvers on my back, spinal tractions, twists and more. I was very surprised – a typical reaction that everyone has on their first “flight”.
The benefit was immediate: my nervous system relaxed instantly and my mind went blank: I didn’t know how to label what I had just experienced, I was experiencing something similar to a meditation. I felt a sense of general well-being and a great deal of gratitude. All I wanted was to do it again as soon as possible.
After a week I found out that there was a group of people who regularly met to practice and I wanted to join in to see if I could repeat this experience again. I was lucky enough to be able to fly with a very experienced guy and I was instantly energised: I didn’t want to stop practicing and my self-esteem began to strengthen. The truth is that I hadn’t practiced any type of movement or activity for so long that I didn’t feel comfortable with my own body. But I felt very happy at that moment: I had finally found a practice that didn’t bore me but energised me through play and connecting with others.
I started to practice Acroyoga on a regular basis and became a much brighter and joyful person, at last it started to bloom inside! My insecurities gave way to a confidence typical of those who are not afraid to leave their comfort zone and experience new things.
I decided to sign up for regular classes to deepen the technique behind this magic and I discovered a very interesting part of myself: I had never realized how much I was interested in what is behind each experience, what is subtle, what is not seen and what is absolutely essential for every experience to be fully realised.
What happened on the way back? Because there is always a return… I felt the melancholy of coming back from a long trip for a few weeks, but soon after, I got my act together and started to give some classes and offer myself to yoga festivals as a teacher. I worked for a year in different schools until I found Sincronia Yoga: It was a crush!
This space favoured my development as a teacher because it gave me full freedom of expression in teaching based on respect for the parameters of the discipline. I joined the team as a teacher of Vinyasa in Sattva (the space today known as Mamayoga), where I continue to give classes on Thursdays from 19h to 20:15h and from 20:30h to 21:50h. After a few months I began to teach Acroyoga Workshops in Sincronia and the truth is that it was a novelty for both the students and the center. This past winter I have offered Acroyoga workshops to the team of teachers at Sincronia. It was a great experience!
The practice of Acroyoga helps to strengthen relationships and the truth is that it marked a before and after in our Sincronia team relationships. One of these results is the collaborative creation of Outdoor Yoga classes during the month of July and August. Jonathan, Bianca and myself will host “Outdoor Yoga“: a series of classes designed to give you the opportunity to take your yoga practice outdoors in Summer.
Everything changes and so does the relationship with your practice. As you acquire more experience and maturity, you begin to deepen your curiosity and knowledge in aspects that you may not have considered before, such as the emotional and psychological aspect of this discipline. Now I am more focused on teaching and sharing the essence that modified the trajectory of my life. A year ago I created the Expedition Kazakhstan project with two other collaborators. It is a Yoga and Acroyoga Retreat in Kazakhstan. I am also co-creator of the Acroyoga Festival Barcelona FAB. I teach Acroyoga on a regular basis and conduct introductory workshops to the practice.
On July 20th from 17h to 19h I will do an Acroyoga workshop in Sincronia Yoga. But….Be careful, it could change your life!
Acroyoga is a discipline that mixes the wisdom of Yoga, the dynamism of acrobatics and the sensitivity of holistic therapies. A yogic approach that allows, first of all, a deep connection with yourself and secondly, to maintain a state of complete awareness during the practice. Acrobatics cultivates the values of trust and active listening, increasing strength, flexibility and balance. The massage at the end of the workshop allows the euphoria of the practice to sink in and stretch the body to release any tension and accumulated emotions.
Acroyoga is a practice of personal transformation with another person, expression and human connection in a safe environment of coexistence, laughter, games and physical challenges; it is a human practice that invites you to use your body as a means of expression to create new forms of interrelation and communication.
In this workshop you will learn the basic techniques, and you will learn to see the world upside down! It is open to all those who want to approach the practice. There is no need to register with a partner.