The guest on this episode of the podcast is Jason Nemer, co-founder of AcroYoga.
What are the origins of AcroYoga?
- Jason had some sport acrobat experience, a mix between gymnastics and figure skating.
- Jenny had experience in therapeutic flying.
- AcroYoga is the combination of those two practices.
- It helps with flexibility and mobility.
What was the birth moment of AcroYoga?
- They met at a party, tried poses from each other’s repertoire and it clicked.
- Therapeutic flying teaches acrobatics in a non-engaging way.
- They now have certified teachers in 55 countries.
What are the categories in sport acrobatics?
- Matched in pairs:
- Women, Men, Mixed, Women’s trio
- Men’s quartet
- Two bases of the same height.
- A middle man.
- A flyer, the smallest one.
- There’s also platform tumbling.
- Cirque du Soleil often displays sport acrobatics.
- It’s knowing when to stop pushing before you hurt yourself.
- People have a strong will but breakable body.
- The therapeutics part of AcroYoga helps with that.
- AcroYoga improves traction.
- In AcroYoga you don’t need to flex, just let gravity push you.
- 100-year-old gymnasts are rare.
- High impact and pushing limits.
- Yoga and acrobatics are much more soft impact.
Who were your teachers and inspirations?
- Lu Yi, an acrobat and circus master.
- Scott Blossom, who is specialized in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
- Also specialized in Ayurveda and shadow yoga.
- Noble tools to help people feel better.
- Jason practices Metta (Loving Kindness) and meditation.
- Accessible tools for everyone.
- To be a healer you have to be “selfish” and “self-conscious”.
- You’ll be able to give more without hurting yourself.
What is the handstand approach?
- Gymnastics is a very fixed and rigid sport.
- It’s important to remain open, curious and playful.
- The mix of different disciplines will also improve your techniques.
What is shadow yoga?
- Relives back pain.
- It resembles Tai Chi but with more circular movements.
- The muscles stay soft and the bones and joints take the pressure.
What is ATB?
- Alignment, tightness and balance.
- Make the body one piece.
- Boiled and raw egg experiment.
- You can achieve more extension by pushing on the ground.
- It’s a technique used to make a perfect handstand.
- Bridge analogy:
- The metal is the bone and the cement is the muscle.
- You have to align the structure before pouring in the cement.
- You must have flexibility, strength and technique.
Common mistakes in handstands
- Don’t put your hands wider than your shoulders.
- Put your hands in a straight line.
- Elbows are always wrongly placed.
Did you have any more teachers?
- Dharma Mittra, a Brazilian yoga teacher.
- Teaches psychic development techniques.
- Visualization, humming sounds, etc.
- He taught him the philosophies of life and mindfulness.
What are the things you see in the yoga world that drive you crazy?
- Yoga can be really intense: “this is the only right way to do things.”
- People that don’t bring the philosophical part of yoga into their everyday life.
- AcroYoga is done in pairs, so it has a much more human side.
- The Acro community is welcoming and supportive.
About handstand rigs, dream machines, and power levers.
- There’s no machine to unify your body.
- The best way to do so is by using a rock climbing harness clipped to a cable that goes into a pulley and into rigs.
- Used to work on flexibility.
- Dream Machines plus power levers.
- It can accelerate the progress of making a handstand.
Unified Field Theory of AcroYoga
- Maurice Ravel’s Bolero unifies every orchestral instrument.
- Albert Einstein dedicated his life to unify physics theories.
- Jason wants to do the same with AcroYoga’s basic poses.
- He wants to create a sequence for each level: beginner, intermediate, advanced.
- To keep people interested in non-competitive sport.
- People would know where they are going.
- “Learning the macro from the micro.”
- Sometimes, working on one skill can transfer it to other existing skills.
- Metta learning section of The 4-Hour Chef
- Trying the flyer position can make you a better base and vice versa.
- Hatha Yoga is getting the female and male energy in a person to a balance.
- The principle behind AcroYoga is using therapeutics to extend your mobility for a better strength endurance.
- The Princess Bride method (Using iocane powder).
Who do you think of when you hear the word successful?
- Gandhi because he thought outside the box.
- He was committed to his beliefs and he changed the world.
- Einstein because he ignored what other people thought and changed the world.
- He had an open mind.
- “I like to cut wood because I can see the fruits of my labour.”
- He was a simple man.
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
- Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
What belongings do you travel with?
- A suitcase.
- A backpack that contains a computer, notes, gifts from different places and photos.
- A ukulele.
- Some throwing knife from Wild Sports.
- Frisbees for Disc Golf.
What is the purchase of a 100$ or less that had the biggest impact on you?
- He likes throwing Frisbees off of high places.
What does Jason believe that other people think is insane?
- That you can trust people.
- He assumes the best in people.
- On his 30th birthday, he lost the van he was living in.
- Started his nomadic lifestyle.
- Most amazing thing that happened to him.
Journey from restaurants to yoga
- He was living in San Francisco and working in restaurants.
- The only things that made him happy were Yoga and eating.
- Being true to yourself is all that matters.
- He started to live on the road and exploring the world while teaching his passion.
What would your billboard say?
- Keep moving and playing.
- Pursue your inner child.
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