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  VOGUE: Inside the AcroYoga Movement

 

How comfortable are you with being touched by strangers? How about being touched by the feet of strangers? If you’re interested in AcroYoga, the newest partner-based exercise craze practiced by the likes of Lena DunhamGisele Bündchen, and thousands of extremely flexible and photogenic Instagrammers, be prepared to get a lot more, well, hands on.

First, some history: The practice of AcroYoga is either very ancient or relatively new, depending on whom you ask. Acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage have roots that reach back thousands of years, but AcroYoga (which combines all of the above, using gravity and your own body weight to enhance stretching and strengthening poses) took root in Montreal in the late 1990s and branched off to the U.S. in the early 2000s. Newer variations on Acro have sprung up in recent years, including Acro Revolution, which considers itself partner acrobatics and focuses more on the performative aspects—balancing on someone’s forearm! Outrageous-looking inversions!—of the practice.

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Whichever your chosen school, the fitness phenomenon has since found something of an avid fan base. Most recently, Dunham, who may be Acro’s most well-known evangelist, posted an Instagram of herself “flying” atop the feet of instructor Ryan in an Acro T-shirt (fashioned after the AC/DC logo); later, she discussed her practice on Ellen DeGeneress eponymous talk show. “Tracy Anderson, who’s a friend of mine and a professional fitness trainer, she’s trying to get my 98-year-old body to match its chronological age of 28,” Dunham told DeGeneres. “She suggested [Acro] and was like, ‘It’s a great way to reconnect your bones and muscles and understand your body and really feel like you’re in it.’ ”

Whichever your chosen school, the fitness phenomenon has since found something of an avid fan base. Most recently, Dunham, who may be Acro’s most well-known evangelist, posted an Instagram of herself “flying” atop the feet of instructor Ryan in an Acro T-shirt (fashioned after the AC/DC logo); later, she discussed her practice on Ellen DeGeneress eponymous talk show. “Tracy Anderson, who’s a friend of mine and a professional fitness trainer, she’s trying to get my 98-year-old body to match its chronological age of 28,” Dunham told DeGeneres. “She suggested [Acro] and was like, ‘It’s a great way to reconnect your bones and muscles and understand your body and really feel like you’re in it.’ ”

 

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Here’s Lena Dunham Doing What Looks Like Acro Yoga, Maybe

 

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Is that Lena Dunham flying in an acro yoga pose? If you frequent these parts you know we like to post our share of celebriyogis. Cause, celebriyogis, they’re just like us, right? It’s nice to relate.

Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls and occasional interpretive dancer (her Sia “Chandelier” rendition has a special place in our heart) isn’t afraid to try new things. This approach has served her well in life and has clearly led her to what could very well be considered acro yoga (or at least that’s what the media is calling it) which is what she might be doing in this photo she posted to Instagram.

It’s definitely acro. Is it yoga? Are we opening this can of worms? Lena’s partner is Ryan Stepka aka @acroshirt, an NYC-based Acro Revolution teacher. According to their website, Acro Revolution is “a community of acrobats on progressive, method-based teaching practices designed to explore the art of human connection.” Yoga? Eh, maybe somewhere in there. Everyone wants to think so. (Note: Lena didn’t call it yoga herself.)

Let’s just chalk this one up to Lena dipping her daring toes into something that sorta, kinda might be yoga, but likely isn’t, but very well could be the gateway to a yoga practice down the road. Yeah, that’s it. We’re glad she’s having fun. Side note to the media: Stop calling everything yoga!

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