From the moment I learned to base, I was so enthusiastic to share the first flight experience with as many people as possible. As I gained confidence, I realized that I could share this gift with nearly everyone with whom I came into contact. It was universally accessible.
This is the spirit that built the AcroYoga community.
I’ve shared this gift with tens of thousands of people around the world, and I've had a genuine moment of connection with each and every one of them. Over the past weekend, I had the opportunity to interact with many generations of students and teachers who have been similarly touched by this practice. It reminds me of the power of human connection, in it’s simplest and most basic form.
As a teacher, I have interacted with many students who are eager to learn new skills and to advance their practice. That desire has contributed significantly to the evolution of the practice. The pitfall in emphasizing advanced skills is that it can create the illusion that the more advanced poses offer something you can’t get from the basic poses.
I believe our attitude shapes what we receive from practice. And every student meets the practice where they are ready to receive it. As teachers, it is our duty to serve and support that bond between student and practice… to create access.
While challenge is part and parcel of the growth students seek, I see great value in using innovations in teaching to make the difficult more doable, thereby keeping the practice intentionally inclusive. Ultimately, it fuels the spirit of sharing.
I offer this as a reflection to anyone who has been moved by their own experience of a first flight, or has witnessed the effect of flying someone for their first time. We live in a world that is craving real human connection. As a community, we are empowered with a great gift to share. I believe it is our responsibility to share that gift and to create access for others.
I shared these thoughts at this year's AcroFest; thoughts evoked from the spirit of that gathering. I bow in reverence to the wisdom that emerges in the presence of the Kula.