Quick, name a cool public space in downtown Dallas. Chances are, Max Lowenstein and Liz Kong have done AcroYoga there.
The couple, both 27, live in Dallas, and document their adventures in AcroYoga in Dallas and beyond for about 86,000 followers on their Instagram account. You can spot them trying gravity-defying poses in front of murals in Deep Ellum, in the grass at Klyde Warren Park and in the reflecting pool in front of the Winspear Opera House. If they're feeling mischievous, one of them might even be dressed in a T. rex costume with a friend (Kong is usually behind the camera for the dinosaur action).
"Instagram was made for AcroYoga," Lowenstein says. "It's so visually oriented, and there's a caption so you can really say something. We want to inspire people, and in a class we can only affect only so many students, but on Instagram we can reach even more people."
AcroYoga brings together yoga,
acrobatics and Thai massage. The physical is definitely a huge factor since it often involves hoisting your partner high above your head or balancing him or her using your own strength, but plenty of intangible factors are also key.
"You have to communicate, you have to trust, you have a direct mirror for yourself in your partner," Lowenstein says. "And also, it's a ton of fun."
For Kong and Lowenstein, the fun might include anything from doing a few poses while they're dressed up to be guests at a wedding or getting police officers into some simple AcroYoga while they're out on the town.
"As adults, we really don't play anymore, so being able to reconnect with ourselves and others in a playful manner is one of my favorite things about AcroYoga," says Kong.
The Dallas photos are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the interesting places Lowenstein and Kong have done AcroYoga, a list that includes planes, boats, the edges of buildings, on beaches, in water and on top of ruins. During one trip to Canada, border officials were suspicious of their trailer.
"We told them, 'We're acrobats,' and we started doing Acro for the border inspection people," Lowenstein says. "They loved it."
They've been doing AcroYoga together for about three and a half years. When they're not Instagramming up a storm, the pair are both dietitians and they teach regular AcroYoga classes at The Yoga Movement in Dallas, in addition to workshops and festivals all over.
Here are some of our favorite posts from their Instagram account: