Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Partnership of Practicing Empathy & Acro Yoga

This video and the following message were recently shared within my acro yoga community and the concept of the practice of acro yoga and empathy absolutely needs to be shared:

"Acro is a movement practice but it is all about empathy and connection. The more empathetic the partnership the easier it is to navigate struggle and failure. In that way the practice of partner acrobatics and acroyoga can teach you to be sensitive to someone else's experience. When you fall, you help your partner land safely. When you succeed, you have someone to share that joy with and high five. I believe in acro because it helps people connect in a very real and healthy way. If yoga is about your relationship to yourself, acro is about how you relate to other people."

Empathy is not so much about sympathizing with people and making them feel better with things or with stories to please their ego.  It's about getting to the core of things with people.  Connecting with them, feeling what they are feeling, relating to them and bringing no judgement into the situation at all.

Next time you are the ear that listens, provide words that don't fulfill an ego/mind story and see how much of a difference it makes for the other person.

Namasté.

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