"How I Stay in Shape" by Sandy Joy Edwards

Sandy Joy Edwards tells us how she’s balancing fun and fitness with acro yoga
Acro Yoga makes your downward dog look pretty dull doesn’t it?
Acro Yoga makes your downward dog look pretty dull doesn’t it?
See Sandy work it
See Sandy work it

I’ve been a fan of yoga for several years, but now I’ve discovered acro yoga which I’m hooked on too. I practice it with my partner Amanda Duncan at least four times a week, and during the winter months we take part in a charity yoga session every Friday at Safa Park. Acro yoga is a blend of three disciplines - acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage. It’s a great way to boost your social life, challenge your fitness levels and be a kid all over again.

It’s a lot of fun. It definitely helps keep my fitness levels up, but I like the way it helps me build extra life skills. I’ve learnt a lot about team work doing this, as I have to put a lot of trust in my partner, and I’ve learnt how to communicate pretty effectively too. If you want to get through an hour’s practice without toppling over too much you need to listen to each other.

This is a workout that really affects your mind, body and soul. Not only will you be burning 500 calories an hour as you go through the moves, but thanks to the fact you have to focus on what you’re doing, you give your mind a workout too. Plus as you finish each session with a spot of Thai massage you will feel pretty chilled.
Try it yourself at Zen Yoga (yoga.ae).


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