Intro to Acro at Westgate
About the workshop
Intro to Acro is a six-week beginner Acroyoga class. In this course, you will learn the physical skills and language needed to practice and play Acro! You will be introduced to some of the many modalities of partner acrobatics and learn a foundation to practice and develop your skills safely during and beyond the course. Come engage in this powerful movement practice and take part in the worldwide movement that is Acro!
Do I need a partner?
No need to bring your own partner, as we will be practicing in groups in class. Of course, you are welcome to come together as well!
What is AcroYoga?
AcroYoga or "Acro" is the art and joy of lifting each other up! It is the exploration of creating shapes and exploring movement with two or more people. We take the roles of Basing: being connected to the ground, Flying: being lifted or balanced in the air, and Spotting: supporting our bases and flyers in safely creating their movements and poses. We will all have time to explore each of these roles! Anyone can Base, anyone can Fly, and everyone can Spot!
Acro is also an exploration of play, movement, power, balance, connection, and communication. We will learn to tap into our inner joy of movement and communication through our words and bodies and learn to access our own power and balance through this practice.
There are many modalities of Acro including L-basing (with the base laying on the ground) Standing Acro (where the base is in a standing position), Counterbalances (where we make shapes that are dependent upon each other's balance and connection), and Thai-fly, a healing and restful modality where we use our bodies' mechanics and connection to stretch, massage, and restore our partners and ourselves. We will be primarily exploring L-basing acro, but you will be introduced to each one of these modalities in this course!
About the Teachers
Maxx Speller has been practicing acro since 2018. He loves the feeling of connection with one another and grace and power within oneself that he has learned through this practice, and is driven to bring that knowledge to as many people as are willing and interested. He believes acro can be a universal language of movement that can be practiced by anyone with experience around the world regardless of language or origin. He also believes the play and creativity within the practice keep our minds young and our bodies healthy. He is the founder of the South Austin Acro Community group and opens the Monday night Acro jam at Flow Yoga every week ( come play! )
Moon Davies brings the duality of calm groundedness as well as upbeat excitement to the acro space! She loves the intentional exploration of grace, flow and strength. One of the most powerful lessons Moon is learning is that incremental practice can and does make a difference in life as well as in acro, and shares this lesson with others when she plays. For her, being a part of the Austin acro community has been profoundly life-changing; here she has (unexpectedly) found purpose, opportunity, and contribution along with joy, confidence, self-development, and wonderful friendships. She is thrilled at giving back to the community that has given her so much.
Brent Cotton has a burning passion for the community element of acro yoga and drives to bring that wholesome sense of community and belonging to as many people as possible. He is a helpful contributor to many acro events and jams throughout Austin and is a member of the Austin Acro Advocates nonprofit. The acro community has been a second family to him.