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Acroyoga Challenge

by Greg Clarke | February 25, 2016 | 32 Comments


The #AYSmiles360 Challenge is starting on March 1st, 2016! The challenge will be 5 days! Grab a friend to be your partner for this challenge. There will be three winners!
The categories are:

Most Creative

Each winning team will receive:

  • One pair ofLineagewear leggings
  • One small sugar scrub and one regular salt soak from Scrub Inspired
  • One full size box of juicy bamboo wipes from Kaia Naturals
  • Two SmileyOm tanks from Smiley OM

To ENTER the #AYSmiles360 Challenge, you must do the following:

Follow the Hosts on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook:

Follow the Sponsors on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook:

* Not on Tumblr yet

Regram the picture above and post it to your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook account, making sure to tag all hosts and sponsors!

Make sure you use the #AYSmiles360 hashtag in ALL your posts for the challenge! This is how we will find your entries.

We will be choosing a different yoga asana each day of the challenge. Your job is to come up with a unique partner yoga/acroyoga version of it. We are looking for your most imaginative ideas - please don’t worry about perfection! We’re hoping that this challenge stimulates your creativity and we want you to have fun with it.

Don’t worry about posting every day. We will give a couple of days at the end of the challenge for any catching up you have to do. Your entries will count as long as they are all in by the end date (March 7th). Remember that we are looking for fun and creativity! Be original and show us your personality! Have fun and remember to SMILE! :D

Posted in Acroyoga, Challenge, Community

Touch, Trust, Intent, & Consent

by Greg Clarke | January 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

When I was a kid I would watch TV lying on my tummy. We lived with a cat called Abby and I was her human, she would climb on my back and drool. I didn't mind the wet patch on my back, her intentions were to be close to me and I trusted her. This was compassionate touch in the purrest form. Abby passed away, it turns out she was drooling because of a tumour on her tongue :(

I was blessed with many other beautiful and wise pets while I was growing up, my first memory is of one of my dogs. They all showed their affection with different forms of touch. When Acroyoga found me I rediscovered the wisdom of my pets, compassionate honest touch with another being.

Touch can be complicated and unfortunately passion is sometimes confused with compassion. Passionate feelings are natural and there is no need to feel guilty for having them. But it is important to be honest about your own intentions and communicate them to your partner. If someone is expecting compassionate touch and they receive passionate touch then it is nonconsensual touch. It destroys the most beautiful part of Acroyoga, trust.

My pets never learned any asanas but they are the most yogi creatures I have ever known. I trusted them and they trusted me. Thank you Tinker, Floppy, Abby, Lulu, Coco, and Molly for everything you taught me, your memories bring me smiles.

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Posted in Acroyoga, Community, Compassion, Intent, Touch

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