Do I need to have any experience in yoga, acrobatics, dance or gymnastics to try this?
A common question! And the answer is "not at all!"
This practice is actually a lot more accessible to the general public than many people think! In fact, Kayna didn't have any experience in these practices before she began AcroYoga. While a background in these practices can help, they are not necessary by any means. AcroYoga is a lot more safe and comfortable if students are in good health and have some form of a physical exercise in their life.
What if I don't have partner or a significant other?
You don't need one! Although some of the practice can help increase intimacy between romantic partners, there is so much to learn about this practice that has nothing to do with romance and intimacy. Also, there's this beautiful component we call "platonic intimacy" which is the development of healthy intimacy between individuals who are not sexually or romantically involved. This kind of intimacy is important to have in life. Understanding the nuanced differences between romantic and non-romantic is a tool that Kayna and Dominick love teaching about.
Is it physically safe?
When it comes to safety, Kayna and Dominick make sure to incorporate spotting as well as teaching "self-spotting" in all of their sessions. Self-spotting is a technique that both the Base and the Flyer can learn so that they can practice AcroYoga in a more empowered and safer place. The Flyer will learn how to properly "fall" out of a pose and the Base learns how to assist the Flyer if the pose does not go well and the Base needs to bring the Flyer to their feet as safely as possible.
If you have personal concerns about your ability due to medical or general health conditions, please consult your physician prior to engaging in AcroYoga. If you have questions about specific poses, feel free to contact Kayna and Dominick and they will provide as much information as possible for you to be knowledgeable when speaking with your doctor about whether or not you can engage in these particular exercises.
"I have trauma and I'm worried about being so close physically or emotionally to someone."
Through the understanding and training Kayna and Dominick have received, they are very aware of and attuned to potential triggers that may occur in these sessions. Being trauma-informed and aware allows the instructors to be sensitive to the needs of someone who has had trauma and what is helpful in situations if a trauma is triggered. If these are concerns of yours, Kayna and Dominick invite you to share your concerns to whatever extent you feel comfortable doing so and they can help work with you on a safer healing experience.