Maša Nobilo, a certified acroyoga teacher, is seen holding up a student by her legs, showcasing acroyoga
In 2016, Croatian expat Maša Nobilo and four friends started the first acroyoga association in Luxembourg, which developed into a fast-growing community.
While acroyoga has been taking over the globe for the last ten years—it was a little slow to catch on in Luxembourg. That’s why the young Croatian took the initiative herself and launched the first non-profit acroyoga association in the grand duchy, together with four co-founders.
Nobilo is a certified yoga and acroyoga coach who trained in Montreal, and on 24 October, she explained to Delano what acroyoga is (commonly written AcroYoga). “Basically, if you ask me as a teacher, it’s teaching adults how to be children again. Or at least to approach things in a child-like manner,” Nobilo said.
She explained that acroyoga is a blend of elements of yoga with partner acrobatics, meaning acrobatics in twos, in threes or in a group. Sometimes, it even has a blend of therapeutic arts, like Thai massage, she explained.
The trend started in the US and in Canada, but is now practised all over the world. There are no prerequisites or presupposed skills one needs to possess to practise acroyoga, Nobilo noted.
The activity is not bound to a place; all “acroyogis” need is a mat and a partner to practise with. It is a partner-dependent activity, during which one relies on the other person to create something in a playful manner. Nobilo added: “It’s so much fun and I know very few people who consider it as a very precise training. I mean you can, but since it’s so much fun and evolves through partner work, it ends up looking and feeling like child’s play--but keeping it safe and interesting to the adult mind.”
A multifaceted non-profit organisation
However, the non-profit organisation was not set from the start, as Nobilo noted.
“After a while, we realised that renting a studio and finding a place was very difficult in Luxembourg and that it would make more sense to make a non-profit organisation so that we can make it accessible to a lot of people. So, the five of us (founders) who are friends in real life, just got together and made an association. And now we’re making more and more events, getting some capital so that we can invite guests from other countries,” she said.
The association offers two classes: an initiation session for curious people as well as for experienced acroyogis on Mondays. On Tuesdays however, the association has partnered up with Zaltimbanq, the circus school, to teach acroyoga in a more performative setting. In Nobilo’s view, the specific techniques from the two communities complement each other and help to build something new.
As for the future of the organisation, she and her co-founders hope to find a permanent space. They are also playing with the idea of organising a movement arts festival to foster an exchange between their community and other movement art groups. For anyone interested, contact the association on their Facebook page.