An early evening at Parc de la Mar, a quiet spot on the grass, the cathedral to my left, the Mediterranean to my right. Half a dozen yoga mats are arranged in one line as we practice “tug and roll”. Kind of sideway somersaults and just as much fun to do as to watch. They are part of our warm-up routine for Acroflow yoga, the acrobatic movements and positions we will work on later. Preparing you to fall safely, just in case.
When Joshua Marin-Hepfl resumed his fancy Acroflow yoga classes in the parc last month I didn‘t hesitate for long. While you do yoga mainly for and by yourself Acroflow yoga is real teamwork. A reliable base is grounding and guiding his or her partner on arms and legs. A flyer needs good core strenght to become seemingly weightless. Beyond the physical challenge it’s a lot about trust, body language and contact improvisation.
As a renowned yoga instructor, trained ballet dancer and performing artist Joshua developed his very own style of acrobatic yoga which he called Acroflow yoga. You don’t need any particular experience for his classes but an adventurous mind plus some fitness and body awareness are certainly helpful. Joshua‘s precise instructions, his good vibes and helping hands smoothly guide you through the practice.
Between new and exciting positions there is always a lot of laughter, at an odd movement maybe or a theatrical tumble. You got to learn how to fall before you learn to fly, Paul Simon already knew years ago. Was he some secret fan of Acroflow yoga? A red-hot sun has just set behind the Tramuntana when our last flights land safely on the ground.