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Acroyoga – Looking Beyond

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Acroyoga is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics. It is the yoga of trust, a practice that builds awareness of structure through playful connection and compassionate communication. Taking the yoga world by storm, Acroyoga is slowly becoming a household name.
Acroyoga’s motto is not meant to impose limitations with detailed rules; rather, it values the acceptance of yourself and others, as well as the pleasure of self-expression through your body, and that of your partner. In addition, this discipline allows for clear, concise communication. Many people who practice acroyoga, find it beneficial for balancing body and mind because it is soothing and relaxing, while strengthening the body and mind.
The practice combines seven main elements: The circle ceremony, asana, partner flow, thai massage, therapeutic flying, inversions and acrobatics. In most of the exercises, one partner is usually the base, lying on the ground, and the other partner is the flyer being held up in the air. In addition, it is advised to have a third person involved, the spotter, who focuses on making sure that the flyer lands safely.
While performing the exercises, the flyer and base depend upon each other. Coordination, teamwork and trust are very important aspects. The practitioners connect not only physically, but also psychologically, emotionally and energetically. There are various asanas, that range from the very basic Front Plank to highly acrobatic and dynamic performances, such as three-person balancing poses.
Dristi (gaze), bandhas (internal locks), vinyasa flow (synchronized movement with breath), and ujjayi breath (ocean breath) are some of the important practices of acroyoga.
The practice of AcroYoga can mold the overall personality of the participant by improving mental, physical and spiritual health aspects. Its athleticism, discipline, and concentration helps improve one’s personality, confidence, trust, and kindness. It also helps to lose weight and the Thai massage makes the skin glow. Benefits of acroyoga include the following:

  • Enhances concentration which helps to ease the mind from worries and relieves stress, leading to a more peaceful life.
  • This trio combination results in a stronger immune system and improves the overall quality of life. It makes for a happy, satisfied and content life.
  • It helps ease various chronic health conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain, etc.
  • It improves digestion, boosts elimination of toxins, and improves blood circulation, thereby building stamina. It improves memory and capacity to recall as well.

Acroyoga poses emphasize proper body alignment, relieves gas and constipation and helps build quite an appetite.
Powered by Ultron Malaysia, Patrick and Ardiana Nolfo were recently in Malaysia for their Acroyoga sessions with the locals. Two highly acclaimed yoga masters from Montreux, Switzerland, this husband and wife duo are made of steel.
Patrick Nolfo, the Founder and director of YogaCenter, Montreux, is a Yoga Master and Certified Naturopath NVS – RME, Switzerland.
Having invested a lot of time attending regular classes for the last twenty years of his life, in 1997, Patrick went in search of a spiritual guide in India where he spent two years in the Ashrams with great masters. Whilst there, he obtained his Yoga diploma from the Atma Darshan Yogashram, a branch of the Bihar school.
In 2001, he founded the Yogacenter. “I appreciate to give my time and to pass on my knowledge to others. I love exchanging and sharing various points of view to develop the knowledge of yoga, as well as, of course, to teach this discipline in its own tradition,” says Patrick.
Ardiana Nolfo on the other hand, earned her Teacher Training HATHA YOGA 2008-2011 and received advanced training on yoga of more than 650 hours on a 3-year period at the Montreux YogaCenter as she worked in the medical field. Ardiana teaches hatha yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga with baby and kids yoga, in private and collective settings, in French, German, and English, at the YogaCenter.

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