Valley studio takes yoga to new heights

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Yoga is being taken to new heights with a blend of acrobatics, yoga and flying massage performed in pairs.
 
"We focus more on the fitness and acrobatic aspect of it so when you come in you can expect to get a good workout in as well as socialize a lot and meet a lot of people," said Patrick Reiner, the owner of Acrobody.
 
Patrick Reiner is the owner of Acrobody in Tempe, Arizona; the country's first AcroYoga studio.
 
Patrick says the practice attracts everyone from dancers to desk jockeys, looking to push themselves physically and mentally.
 
"People have a lot of breakthroughs here as well where they're afraid to be upside down or you know they've never done this and they're 30 years old and they're like I've never done a hand stand like how do I even approach this and it's so scary."
 
In most AcroYoga teams, the larger person acts as the base and the smaller person is the flyer. The pair use strength, balance and coordination to move into different poses. 
 
Many mirror traditional yoga poses such as star pose and bow pose.
 
Earl and Chia Aguilera have been practicing for 2 years. The couple trains at parks and in pools, and often in front of friends.  
 
"At first they thought we were a little crazy and then it just sort of became like oh that's the thing that Earl and Chia do," said Earl.
 
In an ultimate display of marital trust. The two posed high in the air on the narrow Devil's Bridge in Sedona.
 
"Now when we're out we're sort of encouraged sometimes to go into crazy poses and take pictures with people," said Earl.
 
Students Phillip and Olga McCaffrey are also married. They've been training at AcroBody for a year.
 
The couple started AcroYoga after Olga was injured horseback riding. 
 
"You don't have to be fully limited by injuries cause you can still do  Cirque du Soleil type stuff and feel great doing it," said.
 
While some go fly for fun and others for fitness, all return for the sense of community.
 
To learn more about Acroyoga: http://acrobody.com/

 

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