Go Play: Grand Junction offers acro yoga classes
WHAT: Acro Yoga 101
WHEN: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Valley Climbing Center, 611 25 Road, Grand Junction
COST: $10 for non-members
Acro yoga — a relatively new form of yoga — is slowly making its way to the Grand Valley; and so far, it seems to be popular.
Jessica Park, a Grand Junction resident, has recently received her acro yoga teaching certificate, which allows her to teach others this unique, partner-driven practice of yoga.
Park has practiced yoga for 10 years and fell in love with acro yoga three years ago in Basalt, Colo., during a workshop. Since then she has been practicing with her husband and partner, Jason Reddoch. She became certified in September to teach acro yoga. She believes she is the only certified instructor in the area.
According to Reddoch, acro yoga teaches communication skills as well as aids with physical health.
“It helps reflect on relationships, too,” he said. “It’s a dynamic and athletic force with a therapeutic-type practice.”
Acro yoga is a mixture of three parts, Park explained — acrobatics, yoga and therapeutics.
“It’s more about community building and it immediately connects people in an intense way,” she said. “The need for trust and communication is paramount. Without that connection, acro doesn’t exist.”
Park currently teaches at Colorado Mesa University (1100 North Ave., Grand Junction) and at the Grand Valley Climbing Center (611 25 Road, Grand Junction). CMU classes are ending for the semester. Park will continue to host an acro class at Grand Valley Climbing Center on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. It costs $10 per non-member.
A group on Facebook is also available to connect with folks practicing acro yoga called “Acro Yoga GJ.” The group plans to host a jam session each Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Hawthorne Park, located at Fourth Street and Gunnison Avenue in Grand Junction.
To get involved in acro yoga, Park suggests that interested folks attend the class at the climbing center, which is called “Acro Yoga 101.” It covers basic skills and moves necessary to excel in acro yoga.
“The best way to build skills is to play,” Park said.
While having a partner is critical, coming to a class as an individual is welcome as others come individually as well.
“The most important thing is to get involved and see it for yourself,” she said. “The group of people are open and want more folks to join the fun.”
Tess Keller was a cheerleader and avid gymnast when she took a class freshman year at CMU with Park. Since then she has become heavily involved with acro yoga. Once she graduates this year, she hopes to continue practicing and become s certified teacher.
“I love the challenge it brings while still utilizing your body in different ways,” Keller said.
For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/AcroYogaGJ.
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