Jason Nemer on AcroYoga, Trust, Connectivity, + Small, Powerful Communities
Jason Nemer was an acrobat before he co-founded AcroYoga International. In this episode, Jason and I have a natural conversation about Trust, Connectivity, and Small, Powerful Communities. We also talk about what happens when we leave the solitude of our own mats and open the gateways to new levels of human connection, healing, and communication.
Jason and I discuss evolutions in both AcroYoga and AcroFit. Our conversation reveals what you can learn from your physical body and in your relationships as a result. We also talk about the importance of developing skills in connection, compassion, and communities on the path of Yoga.
What you’ll get out of tuning in:
- Jason’s evolving dharma and what the next phase of his growth is about
- What trust has to do with Yoga
- What happens when shy Yoga comes to AcroYoga
- Doing Yoga together vs. alone and how it impacts our sensitivity to each other as a result — what's the relationship between cause and effect? What are students' common big “aha moments”?
- The potential to be an amazing partner
- What you can learn from roles in the smallest communities
- 3:20 — Across the globe, small communities are supporting each other in ways that governments might never be able to.
- 7:20 — Community creativity, energy, and connectivity are blossoming.
- 15:30 — Shyness, intimacy, and compassionate spaces are especially relevant for creating trust and emotional safety in AcroYoga.
- 22:35 — Community leads to personal realizations in addition to new capacities.
- 29:30 — Living in the light of your own truth makes connectivity easier. In addition, getting to a place of trust enables us to be much more human.
- 36:10 — Let your world be who's in front of you for the day.
- 42:30 — Stay open to difficult situations because love and support will show up. Individual and partner practices both help you get the most out of life.
- “There's a lot of chaos in the world right now… There's a lot of tumultuous energy, and I think it's driving people to find smaller communities.”
- “Put your phones down, and pick your friends up.”
- “The essence of a human is to be trustworthy.”
- “You can't force people to learn what you think they need. A lot of times ‘bad' choices that we make that create injury or create big imbalances are the catalysts for the deeper change that we really need.”
Jason wants to live in a world where strangers from different cultures can become friends through the joy of playfulness. Seeing people shift their beliefs about themselves, each other, and the world is what motivates him. He's forever amazed at how a first AcroYoga flight can dissolve barriers of language and country, or how one improvement on a handstand can invigorate new possibilities of strength, balance, and progress.
AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. “Acro“ in Greek means “high” or “elevated.” “Yoga“ in Sanskrit commonly translates to “notions of union” or “joining.” The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, Yoga, and healing arts, AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.
AcroYoga International was founded by Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein in 2003. They were also the first to codify the AcroYoga practice in 2006. Their work culminated in manuals and also cultivated formalized educational paths that promote the highest levels of safety, expression, and straight-up fun.