Updated: Mar 16, 2021
How is your life balanced? Are you very calm and yin? Or mostly active and yang?
In AcroYoga we play with both. That’s one of the reasons why we love it so much: it’s complete (in our opinion). It has the acrobatic side, which we call solar (yang). And the therapeutic side, which we call lunar (yin).
Just like in yin or yang yoga.
Solar refers to the sun, which energizes and helps all living things to grow. This is yang. It’s (high) energy. This element makes you stronger, fitter and more flexible. It gets you in a playful mood, connects you with others, lifts you up.
The other side is yin, moon, feminine, whatever you like to call it. It calms you down, nurtures your body and mind. It helps you turn inward and connect to yourself.
Like the moon, which keeps the earth balanced, the #lunar side of AcroYoga keeps our body and mind balanced.
After acrobatic play, a massage or therapeutic flight helps to rejuvenate our body. It becomes easier to feel what’s present for you. And what needs attention and care.
Which side do you prefer?
Some people feel more connected to the solar side of AcroYoga, some prefer the lunar side. In this way, AcroYoga can reflect your life. You might feel drawn to more yin or yang in your life as well.
If this applies to you, I invite you to ask yourself: is anything holding you back from experiencing both sides? Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing bad about having a preference! But in my opinion finding the right balance helps to stay healthy, happy and experience the fullness of life.
Inviting more yin or yang in your life can be a challenge, and it might take time and practice to get comfortable with it. I myself (Marijke) can easily get caught up in the yang side of life. Always busy with several projects, seeing friends, going out, working out…
Playing with both sides
Inviting more yin is my practice in life. Sharing massage, yin yoga, reading a novel or just listening to music: it’s becoming part of me, and when I can surrender to it, I experience the benefits immediately. I feel connected to my emotions, my body and to what life is also about. Just being, instead of doing.
Of course, it might be the opposite for you. Maybe it’s easy for you to relax, but harder to get things done. Whatever it is: know that you can play with both sides!
We love supporting you in this, and that’s where AcroYoga comes in. Try out these #solar AND lunar instruction videos and experience what both sides have to offer.
Play and experiment! (and of course: use a spotter if you need one)
Here are three solar instruction videos:
Back Bird (beginners)
Trap Door (intermediate)
One Happy Thought (intermediate/advanced)
A free lunar instruction video
This Thai Massage instruction video contains 18 minutes of guidance through a Side Body flow
Marijke & Roald