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Acro Yoga Co-Founder Jason Nemer On The Intoxicating Practice That Heals Body, Heart, & Soul

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“I think that what I saw, and what I feel, and what I see other people get intoxicated by is the connection. The duality that becomes a singularity. This ability for two humans to really become one human.”
— Jason Nemer

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today, we are joined by a very special guest, and someone who, without knowing it, has dramatically improved my own life in the last half a year. His name is Jason Nemer, and he is the co-founder of and driving force behind the rapidly growing sport of AcroYoga.

Haven’t heard of it? Well… Acro Yoga is a partner acrobatic practice that combines elements of gymnastics, yoga, and thai massage to create an incredibly enjoyable and powerful experience. Far beyond just the physical exercise and fitness element, my own experiences with Acro Yoga have been deeply healing and uplifting emotionally and spiritually – for reasons that we’ll get into in the episode.

Today, Jason travels the world sharing this incredible practice with people everywhere. He’s been featured on The Tim Ferriss Show, Forbes, and more… and today, we’re very honored to have him here.

In this episode, we talk about… well, obviously, Acro Yoga… but much much more. We talk about what the practice is, and the surprising ways it will impact your life. We talk about trust and emotional health. We talk about how to start a global movement. We talk about learning… and much, much more. Personally, I think this was one of our best episodes ever – up there with our award-winning episode with David Heinemeier Hansson – but maybe it’s just the huge amount of admiration and gratitude I have for Jason and his work. Don’t know. You guys tell me in the comments or via twitter – @gosuperhuman.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Jason Nemer, and how did he become interested in acrobatics and gymnastics?
  • What captivated him about it? Why is Acro Yoga so much more than acrobatics?
  • What is the “origin story” of Acro Yoga, and how did it come to be?
  • A discussion of how Acro Yoga became “viral” and spread so quickly
  • What powerful and life-changing lesson did Jason Nemer learn at the Jr. World Championships at age 16?
  • What has surprised Jason Nemer about the innovation and creativity of this movement?
  • A discussion of the extremely fast learning curve with Acro Yoga
  • How does Acro Yoga change your relationship with your body and mind?
  • An explanation of why Acro Yoga offers just as much psychological and emotional healing as it does physical(!)
  • Some deeply touching stories of how people have healed trauma through Acro Yoga and play
  • Why does Acro Yoga make you feel so disproportionately “high” or happy?
  • A discussion of the power of non-sexual touch, and why we need it
  • My concept of “emotional fibrosis,” and how to get over it
  • Who should and should not try out Acro Yoga?
  • How can you try out and get started with Acro Yoga?
  • What is Jason Nemer’s “mission statement?” What is he working so hard towards?
  • How does Jason stay motivated? What role does passion play in his life?
  • What challenges is Jason Nemer facing right now in his business and in his movement?
  • What role does money play in Jason’s life? How has he reluctantly changed his views on it?
  • What books have changed Jason Nemer’s life?
  • What products could Jason not live without?
  • What rituals help Jason survive his hectic, nomadic lifestyle?
  • A discussion of spirituality and what role it plays in Jason Nemer’s life
  • What is Jason’s superpower?
  • How can you take a class with Jason Nemer, and where can you reach him?
  • The #1 biggest takeaway you should get from this podcast

Check out a sample of what Acro Yoga looks like:

…And an idea of what’s possible:

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Favorite Quotes from Jason Nemer:

“Acro yoga is catching fire because it’s approachable.”
“[Acro Yoga] inspires people to see the world with a new lens.”
“I’ve been looking at how to make systems of progressive learning since I was 17.”
“It went from almost cave-man tools to high speed internet.”
“I think that the human potential with Acro Yoga is infinite. I know we’re finite, but I think it’s just like music.”
“The limits of the body are created by the mind… In contrast, the potential of the body is expanded and opened by the mind.”

“The body only gives clear, honest feedback. It’s binary. It’s either a yes or a no. The mind has every color in the rainbow”
“The mind is the gateway to the body, and as soon as the two entities find a new arena to play in, the expandability of the body gets enhanced by the mind.”
“This is so much deeper than what we do in gymnastics, because we’re actually touching someone’s soul… You’re touching their heart.”
“This is medicine that a lot of people don’t have access to.”
“Trust is something that is earned. You cannot demand trust.”
“Trust is the only true currency.”
“For a lot of cultures, the only touch is sexual touch… I have so many friends in the world that I can have non-sexual, loving touch with, that’s a birthright of humans that… many people don’t have access to.”
“We support all people, through movement, connection, and play.”
“In my lifetime, I want a billion Acro yogi’s to be exposed and experience the practice.”
“I’ve demonstrated in my life that I can set high goals, and reach them – and part of that is being flexible about how I get there.”
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“Believe in human potential – not only your own, but others’.”

Jonathan

Jonathan

Jonathan Levi is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor from Silicon Valley.

After successfully selling his Inc 5,000 rated startup in April of 2011, Levi enlisted the help of speed-reading expert and university professor Anna Goldentouch, who tutored him in speed-reading, advanced memorization, and more. Levi saw incredible results while earning his MBA from INSEAD, and later went on to teach a best-selling online course on the subject. With this unique skill, he has become a proficient lifehacker, optimizing and "hacking" such processes as travel, sleep, language learning, and fitness.