What to ex­pect at your first acro class

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• You don’t need a yoga back­ground to do acroyoga

As long as you’re in good health and have no ex­ist­ing in­juries, you are fit to do acroyoga. Of course, hav­ing a cer­tain amount of core strength will help you nail the poses more eas­ily.

• You don’t have to show up with a part­ner

No wor­ries about be­ing solo. There’s usu­ally a good num­ber of stu­dents who at­tend the class alone, so you’ll get to pair up with them. Your in­struc­tor will make sure ev­ery­one has a buddy, or find an as­sis­tant to join in.

• You won’t just be sub­jected to one role

In your first class, you will learn how to be the base, flyer and spot­ter. With proper tech­niques in place, a lighter per­son can base some­one heav­ier with­out dif­fi­culty.

• You will be able to check at least one acroyoga pose off your list

Most be­gin­ners start with the front bird (plank) pose, which Jes­sica says can be eas­ily mas­tered in 15 min­utes at The Yoga Man­dala.

• You’ll need to fo­cus a lot

Yoga trains the mind to be present, and so does acroyoga. In fact, you’ll need to tune in even more be­cause ev­ery pose in­volves some­one else. It just takes one mis­step to fall or hurt your­self and your part­ner. Keep lis­ten­ing to your in­struc­tor or spot­ter’s cues, and pay at­ten­tion to your part­ner’s per­for­mance.

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