6-Week Acro Yoga Foundations Course coming soon!
We'll be starting a 6-week beginners course and are currently finalising the details. To ensure the time, location and content is accessible to everyone interested, we've prepared a short survey. If you're interested in taking part, have your say by filling in the survey below and help ensure the classes will be accessible to you.
Find out about Acro Yoga Classes in South-West London
Join Kwame & start your partner practice with beginners acro yoga classes in Surbiton. Come with a partner or solo and learn skills, flows and washing machines in L-basing focused classes.
Just drop your email below to be alerted for class and workshop dates, as well as other acroyoga and handstand events in the area.
Curious about Acro Yoga?
New to acro, or curious about what the fuss is? Here's some of the more commonly asked questions, answered.
What is acro yoga?
Acro Yoga is a mix of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. It's all about trust, connection, and playfulness. There are generally have three roles: the 'base' who's generally at the bottom doing the lifting, the 'flyer' who is the one being lifted by the base, and the 'spotter' who ensures the flyer and base are safe. There are often a few other configurations (especially when we go beyond one base and one flyer), but that's the general gist of things.The practice involves carefully coordinated movements between the base and the flyer, with poses that can range from simple to complex. It's a fantastic way to build strength, flexibility, and balance, while also fostering a strong sense of community and trust.Whether you come for the social side, to learn impressive skills (and/or take a few photos for the 'gram), to foster connection with a partner (or partners), or are just interested in a new hobby, acro's got you covered.
Where are the acro yoga classes in Surbiton?
Right now, I'm only teaching at the wonderful Alcheme Wellbeing, but I'm already in talks with 3 other venues! Sign up to the mailing list to find out when things are confirmed!
Where do you teach acro yoga privates?
We can rent space in one of the many local studios and gyms. Alternatively, if you have suitable space at home, I can travel to you. Contact me directly to discuss.
I'm not near Surbiton but I'd love to learn, can you recommend another teacher or class?
Of course. London is full of great acro yoga teachers and I'd love to connect you to one. Click the contact button below, tell me where you are based and I'll send you details for the nearest teachers. I love introducing new people to the rest of the community and there are always fantastic workshops and classes available - especially as you advance your practice.
What should I wear to an acro yoga class/jam?
For acro classess it's best to wear comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows for a wide range of movement. Avoid loose or baggy clothes as they can get in the way or become a safety issue during certain poses - equally, if you're planning to fly, consider avoiding slippery shorts as that can make thing harder. It's also a good idea to avoid clothing with zippers or other hard elements that could potentially hurt you or your partner during the class. We practice acro yoga barefoot, so if you've got a foot injury, infection or another reason to cover up, please do so and look into a pair of grippy socks as we want to keep our partners safe. Otherwise, no special footwear is needed. You might also want to bring along a water bottle to stay hydrated, and a towel if you anticipate working up a sweat. If you're feeling stiff, also consider bringing an extra yoga mat that we can use to create a basing pillow too!
Can I come to an acro yoga class without a partner?
Yep. You're welcome to come with a partner, a friend, a parent or whoever but solo participants are encouraged too. My first experiences with acro yoga were going to classes on my own and I made great friends every time - so I'm a big advocate. Acro classes are great places to find a partner, if you don't already have one, while calibrating and learning the fundamentals to develop your own personal practice. We also generally work in trios or groups of four, rotating between the three roles (Base, Flyer, Spotter) so even if you do come with a partner you'll be interacting with and meeting new friends.
I've got an injury, can I still come to your acro classes?
Consult your doctor first. If they clear you, drop me a message and I'll confirm. I'm not a doctor so I'm not diagnosing, and I'm not in your body so ultimately it'll be your call to decide what your limits are and to take care of yourself - but I'll work with you to make the practice accessible if you're willing to join in. But please be clear and disclose before class as communication is one of the keys of the practice.
Do I need to be super strong to practice acro yoga?
Nope. Strength is useful, much like flexibility, as more strength makes a lot of moves easier - especially when you're the person basing or spotting - but you can build it as you learn and develop your practice. A lot of the time, good technique, familiarity with the movement and correct bone-stacking means you don't need much strength at all to pull off really impressive positions and flows. You'll be surprised what you're capable of.
Do I need to be super flexible to practice acro yoga?
Nope. It can help, of course, with articular movements and positions, but it's by no means a pre-requisite. Plus, a great benefit of the practice is that your mobility will likely improve as you develop and improve. At a beginner level, though, most things won't require you to push yourself and flexibility is laregely just a bonus.We don't use many props in acro classes, however, if you're feeling particularly stiff in your back and hamstrings - or just want to stretch out your sessions by lightening the load - ask me about back pillows as I can recommend a few or show you how to DIY one.
Am I too old for acro?
Unlikely! We have plenty of wonderful acro yogis in the London community of all ages. We have folks coming to our jams in their 60s, 70s and 80s still pulling off flows and skills in the parks! In our community, we pride ourselves on looking after our partners, respecting personal limitations/boundaries and playing safely. Of course, as with any physical activity, injury can happen. We will, of course, aim to take every precaution to help you prevent injury but ultimately, personal risk managment has to be handled by the individual. You are responsible for your own safety.
What is an acro jam?
An Acro Yoga Jam is a fun, community-driven gathering where people who love Acro Yoga come together to practice, play, and create. Generally, we meet in one of London's many parks (Clapham Common, Green Park, Regens Park, Hyde Park are the main ones) though we have a few indoor venues - particularly in winter! They are generally free or low priced as they are community events run for and by the community itself - so can be impromptu in nature.A jam is explicitly not a structured "class" and does not have a teacher leading the group (so please don't go to one looking for a free lesson!); instead, everyone is free to practice at their own pace, try out new poses, and help each other learn and grow. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people, share experiences, and, most importantly, have a great time while improving your Acro Yoga skills!Often you'll find other activities including slacklining, juggling, contact improve, dancing, handstanding, capoeira and more.
Can we connect on Instagram?
Sure. Check my main page @learnmoveteachsmile. And if you're local, check out the @claphamcommonacrojam too.
Still have questions?
Drop me an email and ask away.Contact