Learning to fly Breck Create hosts free AcroYoga sessions

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 / plindeman@summitdaily.com

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
LEFT: — In the air is Doc Reynolds of Breckenridge. The longtime yoga instructor from Florida started teaching the free AcroYoga sessions for Breck Create last season. Thanks to solid turnout week after week, he brought the program back for an encore this winter. He was a flier, standing base and grounded base during the shoot, not to mention tireless field recruiter. He even convinced our videographer to fly for a minute or two while she was filming. RIGHT: Emmily Van Dorn of Breckenridge. The 24-year-old native of New York tried AcroYoga for the first time ever during our photo shoot in downtown Breckenridge, when Reynolds convinced her to give it a try after a chance meeting in The Crown coffee shop. She has no formal training in dance, gymnastics or yoga, and yet the avid snowboarder moved flawlessly through a five-minute sequence with Fleming and never fell. She also stood on Reynolds’ shoulders and posed, circus-style, in front of The Dredge as pedestrians watched and clapped.
“I’ve never done AcroYoga. I have no idea what any of the poses are… But that was awesome. I never thought or knew I could do any of that, and I’m definitely interested in it now. I’ll be checking out the classes to see what they’re all about.”— Emmily Van Dorn
I’m sure you’ve heard this, but you automatically connect with new people (through AcroYoga). We isolate ourselves so much these days, and this gets us together for touch and connection.” — Lindsay Fleming

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.

In the air, Terrin Fre of Breckenridge. Another first timer, the 30-year-old Wisconsin native and volunteer coordinator with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center let Reynolds test her balance on the edge of Maggie Pond at the base of Peak 9. She’s never tried anything like it after six years of living in Colorado, and like Van Dorn, she never fell once.
“It was so much fun. I’ve seen it and wanted to do it, but I had no idea what to expect. I really appreciated all the direction given to me. It was so precise that I knew where to go.” — Terrin Fre

AcroYoga with Breck Create

Weekly AcroYoga jam with instructor Doc Reynolds, featuring basic and advanced yoga moves performed with a partner. Jams take place Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and are free to attend. Located at the Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St., Breckenridge.

No experience required. Sessions are held in the upper level studio at the Old Masonic Hall on the corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue. Instructors suggest bringing a yoga mat and wearing workout clothing. For more info, see the event tab at BreckCreate.org.

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