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How these 3 AcroYoga poses make you healthier

AcroYoga is healthy for body & mind in many ways. It releases stress, makes you strong and flexible and stimulates the cuddle hormone oxytocin, to mention a few. But every individual pose has a specific effect as well. These 3 poses for instance ease back pain and increase detoxification, amongst many other benefits.

1. Folded leaf

Science shows that human touch can be immensely beneficial to our wellbeing. It creates safety and trust, calms cardiovascular stress and triggers the release of oxytocin.

In the folded leaf pose, like in any other yin pose in AcroYoga, you give and receive loving touch. So all the things stated above apply!

Besides that, you’re hanging upside down, decompressing your whole spine. A very welcome treat for the heavy load that it carries all day. Also: the feeling of being carried can be very nourishing.

Folded leaf also helps to open up the hips and the lower back, due to the pressure from the base’s feet on the muscles around your hip.

At the same time, this pressure creates a blood stop, a method well known in Thai massage. A blood stop helps blood circulation, which transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.

Plus, the base receives a nice hamstring stretch, while keeping the stability by working the core muscles. Need I say more?

2. Back leaf

Back bends can relieve back pain, like for instance the discomfort caused by working behind a desk. They're a welcome counter pose to sitting in a chair.

But back bends can also be very exhausting and challenging to perform. And then the back leaf comes in handy.