Here are the photos from our acro-yoga session in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco that ended in such a dispiriting manner, with rangers issuing us a citation for “expose genitals”. Well, but it was a lot of fun until they arrived, and it’s worth sharing the pics, so you can see what our authorities consider an inappropriate sight for a city park as opposed to horse manure that police left behind them
As Wikipedia says, “acro-yoga is a physical practice which blends elements of yoga, acrobatics, performance and healing arts. These three ancient practices form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness between partners.” It is definitely a great exercise for balancing and stretching, and needless to say, all those aspects intensify only more, if you do acro-yoga naked.
I first tried acro-yoga at Burning Man this year and was looking forward to doing it again; Dan’s idea of doing it in a park in the buff sounded fantastic (as we didn’t know rangers wouldn’t allow it). So, we started from a folded leaf pose, which for me, being in the role of ‘flyer’, was mainly relaxing and getting comfortable with the idea of being dependent on Dan, the ‘base’. Other poses involved more power and strenuous control of balance.
In the beginning, we did poses that used support of base’s hands.
The we followed to the poses, where I was balancing on Dan’s legs only.
It felt like I was learning to fly! The last one that we managed to do before the rangers arrived was the most difficult to maintain.
But it felt amazing, because I lost understanding of where up and down were while I was looking at the sky!
We’ll definitely try to find a place where we could do acro-yoga in the buff in open air without being disturbed by rangers.