Earlier this year, the 28 year old revealed she’d taken up AcroYoga as a form of exercise to help her mental health. “It has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible,” she wrote on Instagram.
So what exactly is it?
“AcroYoga is best described as a blend of acrobatics and yoga with elements of healing arts and Thai massage,” says Nadine Lafleur, yoga instructor and founder of Bali Bliss Retreats.
First established in Canada in 1999 by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku, the classroom, while often set up like any other yoga class, has some significant differences. The biggest? You don’t do it alone. (Post continues after gallery.)
“AcroYoga relies on teamwork, and you’ll need at least three people to practice safely and effectively,” says Lafleur.
One person acts as a base, keeping in contact with the ground to support the flyer, who is the person lifted into various poses that stretch and strengthen the entire body.
The third person is the spotter, who ensures the workspace is a safe environment for the other two. The three positions are then rotated through.