AcroYoga flies high in SF
Amy Buchholz, a seasoned AcroYoga flyer, says that the new spaces are pulling the community together in a much needed way. "I think it's wonderful because there are so many people doing Acro in the Bay, from Marin to the South Bay, and it's awesome to bring it all together in San Francisco," she says.
There are currently nine classes (ranging in skill level) and five open-play "jams" on the Bay Acro schedule. Though Bay Acro emphasizes training and mastery of the acrobatic aspect of practice, there are some more mellow offerings, like Acro Therapeutics class (for just relaxing and stretching) and periodic "Bodywork and Dessert" parties, featuring guided massage and local djs. The ultimate goal, says Mihic, is to create a balanced and diverse program that can serve everyone from newbies to hardcore AcroYogis, and be a hub for both out-of-town students and visiting teachers. "But we don't do cuddle puddles at Bay Acro," adds Goyne. "It's in the contract."
At the end of the day (or a challenging foot-to-hand-to-throne-to-pop-up-into-bird-to-shoulderstand-scorpion-flow), the best part of AcroYoga practice is that it's good, clean, grown-up fun. "We all get busy with work and daily activities, and it's easy to forget how to play," says Mihic, who, when she isn't basing other AcroYogis (including small deft flyers, big muscular guys, and even her mom), is a marketing consultant for the fast-paced biotech industry. "But when we get together for Acro, we're like, 'Hey do you want to play?' It's just like an old play date when you would meet your friend on the corner of the cul de sac."
San Francisco is the perfect place for a practice like this, adds Mihic, because AcroYoga is always pushing boundaries, just like the locals here. "In Acro, if something's never been done before, it's like, 'Go try it!'," she says. "That's the same entrepreneurial vibe that San Francisco offers in all walks of life."
GET YOUR ACROYOGA FIX
Official AcroYoga site (which includes local intensive trainings)
Bay Acro (Japantown, Oakland, Mission)
Athletic Playground (Emeryville)
Sports Basement (San Francisco)
Dolores Park on sunny days
near the palm trees by Dolores and 19th Street, SF.
Facebook Community Page
SF Bay Area Acro Yoga Kula
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