Every Wednesday during ski season, Breck Create hosts free AcroYoga sessions for all in the heart of downtown Breck, no experience required. All you need is a little faith, trust and pixie dust.
Story and photos Phil Lindeman / firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t underestimate the power of touch. And laughter. And balancing on the soles of a stranger’s feet under the warm winter sun in a mining town turned ski town.
Also don’t underestimate Doc Reynolds, instructor for the weekly AcroYoga sessions hosted by Breck Create in the recently renovated Old Masonic Hall on Main Street Breckenridge. A few days before Christmas, just as downtown Breck was beginning to bustle with holiday crowds, Reynolds convinced two veteran yogis and two never-evers to practice AcroYoga on snowy sidewalks and bridges while skiers and snowboarders, shoppers and families strolled through the brisk December air. Some folks stopped, others only slowed, and more than a few quietly whispered “wow” as they passed by. The winter circus had arrived.
But unlike the circus, AcroYoga doesn’t require super-human strength or stamina. It only asks for trust, a little flexibility and the urge to fly, Reynolds says, relating it to childhood dreams of Superman and Superwoman. He teaches the basics and more at the weekly sessions, and after a 10-minute crash course that sunny December morning, both newcomers had learned to fly.
“All you need is the want to do it. A little faith, trust and pixie dust goes a long way.” — Doc Reynolds
On the left, Lindsay Fleming of Breckenridge. Originally from Virginia, the 55-year-old first found AcroYoga while living near the beach in Tampa, Florida, a little over three years ago. Since then he’s traveled the world to pursue the discipline, including a trip this past summer to dozens of jams in 19 countries across the world. The highlight: training with Israeli yogis at an international conference, followed by couch surfing from Europe to South Korea and back to the states.