What is AcroYoga?
AcroYoga (sometimes referred to as "acro") originally started as a form of physical partner exercises - combining practices of partner yoga, acrobatics, healing therapies, and Thai massage or touch therapeutics. In a typical acro practice, there are a few roles:
- Base - the partner who has their back in full contact with the ground and their feet "stacked" above their hips in the air
- Flyer - the partner who is elevated into the air and their main points of contact are the Base's feet or hands
- Spotter - a friend involved in supporting the safety of the pose or the flow that is occurring between the Base and the Flyer
A typical acro session with Dominick and Kayna usually starts with some form of energetic contact between the partners, such as a check-in with how each partner is feeling emotionally and physically to facilitate connection and communication. The check-in is followed by a warm-up and stretches to prepare muscles and the body for exercise. Additionally, this allows partners to begin to sync up together and calibrate their energies and bodies. Once both partners are ready, the static poses can be practiced. A combination of poses and transitions between poses is called a "Washing Machine" or a "Flow". This portion of the practice is where a majority of the communication, trust, strength building, intimacy and healing can occur. At this point, it is important to have a Spotter available when trying newer poses/flows or when partners feel they need some extra safety. Finally, the session may be wrapped up with therapeutics to work out the muscles that have been used in the practice. This "aftercare" is just as important as any other portion of the exercise because it allows partners to assist in regulating each other's nervous systems, provide tenderness and gratitude to each other, and tend to the body in a therapeutic way. Throughout the acro practice with Dominick and Kayna, they interweave the components of neuroscience, psychology and healing movements to facilitate a session that helps students grow physically and emotionally, while and providing students the safety and support to deepen connection, intimacy, trust, and playfulness.
About the Healers at Acroyoga Therapy
Kayna Cassard, MA, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Venice, CA. She has been practicing psychotherapy for over 7 years, specializing in sex therapy and also has a background in sexual health education. Kayna’s mission is to provide couples and individuals with the knowledge and skills to learn how to love themselves and others more deeply. As a therapist and sexual health educator, she provides individuals and couples the fundamentals of creating healthy intimacy and more effective communication. Additionally, she has training in trauma reprocessing and healing through the use of one’s body and breath. Kayna believes that talk therapy can only take us so far, and that the use of the body is essential for healing, growth and living a more optimal life. Her practice of AcroYoga for almost 3 years has provided a deeper understanding of this concept and she wants to assist others in reaching their potential through the play, communication, and intimacy that AcroYoga can bring. For individual, couples, and group psychotherapy you can get more information at her site www.KaynaCassard.com
Dominick Cole, has 600 hours of yoga teacher training, has practiced AcroYoga for over 4 years, and has a personal study in nervous system functioning and human anatomy. He teaches yoga and AcroYoga classes and private lessons with the mission of bringing a deeper understanding of body and mind awareness to the practitioner. Dominick is a trauma-informed yoga practitioner who believes that healing trauma comes from the body-mind connection. With this belief, he teaches AcroYoga students to enable communication around what they experience by tapping into physical senses and emotions throughout the practice. His personal practice of yoga, AcroYoga, and touch therapeutics has developed his intuition to locate trauma and stuck energy in the body and mind. Dominick's mission in sharing his knowledge is to assist others in becoming the teachers of thier own senses in the hopes toward self-empowerment of releasing trauma and finding healing. You can contact Dominick for yoga, acroyoga, and Thai Yoga privates, group sessions, performances and events.