Who We Are

We are a group of acroyogi’s in the Newport, RI area who are looking to practice acro with others. The group consists of people of varying experience levels. All are welcome.

Currently we don’t have any classes running the area, but are looking to change that. If you know any facilities that would be open to hosting a class please reach out to the group on facebook.

Jams

Jams are public gatherings without any official instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat. There is no formal instruction during Jams, but you can usually find a few people to show you a couple of things.

Jams are free!!!

Please read the Jam rules below.

Current Jams

Thursday Morning, 9 AM at Braga Park by the basketball courts.

Jam Rules

Based on the Rules from the Austin Acrogroup

Waiver on the way, until completed, know that this activity is dangerous and you are participating at your own risk.

Rules

  1. Safety. There are inherent risks involved in acro. While these risks can’t be eliminated altogether, we do our best to minimize them. Please practice safety first. Use accurate self-assessment; know your capabilities and limits. Be aware of the space around you and what people are doing. Riskier material should be saved for environments with appropriate safety infrastructure – a sprung gymnastics floor, crash mats, etc. Ask for guidance and spotting from an experienced community member when learning challenging new material.

  2. Drugs and alcohol. Give the gift of your full presence. Using or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not allowed at the our jams and events, and is a bad idea anywhere you play acro.

  3. Harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, sexual coercion or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether explicit or implicit, are not allowed at our jams and events. A history of harassing behavior, at our events or elsewhere, will make you unwelcome in our community. Do not exploit power imbalances in pursuit of sexual connection – for example, if you’re an experienced, skilled acroyogi, making passes at new people is not a great idea. Respect the sacredness of touch, and when in doubt, make it about the acro.

  4. Community respect. We practice together in a spirit of mutual support. When you play in a group, you are part of that fabric; and when you play in public, you are an ambassador for us all. Be prepared to adapt your attitude and play style to the context and agreements of the event at which you’re practicing. If it’s a high-level training session held in gym with plenty of safety equipment, that’s a good place to work on your most challenging material. If it’s a casual jam, or an unforgiving environment, or a place where your actions could reflect poorly on the group,  stick to safer material. When an event organizer asks you to adjust what you’re doing for the good of the group, please do so.

  5. Treatment of New Acroyogis. New community members are our future. Treat them with kindness and a spirit of inclusion, and if you’re qualified, consider teaching them a thing or two. Please only teach a level of acro they can fully understand, participate in as a partner, and for which they can provide informed consent. Remember they will often attempt this material later without you, so don’t show them things way out of their skill level.

Failure to follow the rules can result in temporary or permanent exclusion from future jams, events, and social media.

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History

Several summers ago, I found myself in Newport for the summer looking to do Acroyoga. I’m from the Left Coast where acro is far more prevelant. There is a good community in Mass and CT, but very little acro in Rhode Island. I started this group to try to build a community. I am a certified Acroyoga Teacher and former cheerleader. I don’t make it to all of the group activities but I do make it a bunch of them. You can find information on me at zacryoga.com .

Additional Resources on Acroyoga