In the adult world, play is often frowned down upon — it is expected that we grow up, get a job and be serious. But most adults are just kids trapped in a big bodies wishing they could go out and play. Isn’t that why we all countdown the days to our yearly vacations? And who hasn’t had the Sunday night blues, while thinking about the upcoming workweek? Perhaps the epidemic of depression amongst adults is due to lack of fun and play. So much joy is felt when you become present to the moment and lose yourself in play. You become ageless, fearless and childlike.
So in the Spirit of Play, I set up a playdate for myself. I attended a beginners Acroyoga workshop. What is Acroyoga?! It is a unique practice that blends the spiritual wisdom of Yoga, the loving kindness of Thai Massage and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. The combination of these elements cultivate trust, connection and playfulness. And it was sooooo much fun. Mind you, I do practice yoga on a weekly basis, but never have I done gymnastics, acrobatics or “flown”.
The instructor, Arianne, assured us we would be safe and have a blast. I was game. The class started out with some trust exercises, where the group of 20 of us had to close our eyes and run around the room guided by partners, who we had just met 5 minutes prior. Then we did some partner stretching to warm up. Then onto the lifting each other into the air, balancing on our partners feet and backs, flying and tumbling, and ending the class with well-earned Thai massage. The 3 hour workshop flew by — time does fly when you are having fun! I felt like a kid again.