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Acro-yoga is making its way to Dexter Lawn


This article originally appeared on KCPR.org.

Dexter Lawn is commonly known among students for being a central part of Cal Poly’s campus and student life. Here, students can be spotted rushing to class, fundraising at their club booths, napping in the sun, or taking time out to hang out with friends during a busy school day.

However, amid this hustle and bustle of college life, one group of people stand out among the rest: acro yogis.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-12pm, a large group meets in the center of the lawn to meditate, talk about the universe and practice acro yoga.

Acro yoga is a practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. This is usually done with a partner –– one person being the “base” on the ground and another being the “flyer” above. The base uses its arms and legs to support the flyer as it twists, twists and stretches through the air.

Acro is a unique style of yoga and features a wide range of movements that traditional practices do not include, such as lifts.

Interdisciplinary studies junior Caedmon Krabill has been practicing acro for over a year and a half and participates in Dexter weekly.

“There’s a lot of things in acro that you can’t do in a normal flow just because you’re supported by another human body,” Krabill said. “I appreciate the therapeutic aspects of it.”

Many yogis start with more traditional styles of yoga, such as Hatha, Bikram, Vinyasa, or Kundalini, before moving on to practicing acro.

Krabil said he recognizes the benefits of having experience in other types of yoga, but doesn’t think you necessarily need training or a history with yoga to try basic acro moves.

“You don’t need a foundation to start acro, but it definitely helps,” Krabill said. “I would say at least one person in the equation needs to have some sort of practice.”

According to Cal Poly yoga instructor Liz Crosby, the practice is designed to accommodate everyone — regardless of age, size, flexibility, or skill level — and just like everyone else styles of yoga, it is designed to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. .

“You wouldn’t think it, but it’s not just the physical body. There’s so much more,” Crosby said. “Once you learn to work with each other, there’s so much trust that’s engendered in that relationship.”

Although yoga is traditionally an individual and peaceful practice, Crosby said Dexter Lawn’s bustle doesn’t interfere.

“I don’t mind being in a big group of people,” Crosby said. “Because I feel like all these people, even if they don’t attempt it, walk by, see it and their interest is piqued.”

Caedmon Krabill and Liz Crosby perform a shoulder lift. Cayley O’Brien | KCPR

Krabill said they felt the same way.

“I would say [that the chaos] improves it,” Krabill said. “I was a bit hesitant at first, but then I came here and realized we all have human bodies. It shouldn’t affect anything.”

San Luis Obispo local Veronica Bliss said it was helpful to be in the midst of the chaos.

“Being outdoors is really special because you interact with the elements of wind, sun, earth [and] the grass, [so] the noise is not bothersome,” Bliss said. “It just contributes to the overall heightened vibration of space.”

The Dexter Group encourages students to get out there and try acro yoga because of the benefits it can bring.

“Learning to support yourself in your grid lines is going to be absolutely essential and it can be a comfortable and even happy experience,” Crosby said. “Get out, explore and it’s totally free. So why not?”