Teachers

Monica Abruzzi

Monica Abruzzi

Milan, Italy 🇮🇹

Passionate about circus skills, Monica is always willing to find new and creative ways to keep a good mobility and body shape. She is known for her joyful demeanor and dedication to skill development. 

Luciana Benavides

Luciana Benavides

Buenos Aires, Argentina 🇦🇷

Luli believes in continual learning and loves feeling like a student. Her classes are a place to train, share, laugh, and simply be together. She is known for her joyful nature and ability to transmit calm at any moment.  

Heidi Blais

Heidi Blais

Montreal, Canada 🇨🇦

A talented mover and handbalancer, Heidi has taught internationally for almost 10 years as a senior AcroYoga Montreal teacher. Her agility and ingenuity in partnering stems from deep and diverse personal movement practices. Her classes are detailed, creative and sweaty!

Paula Bui

Paula Bui

Chicago, USA 🇺🇸

Paula has been practicing Yoga and AcroYoga since 2009. She is a Certified Yoga and AcroYoga Level 2 teacher. Paula is a practicing Thai bodyworker and graduated from the Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies program where she assisted her teacher in developing their program. Paula continues to study yoga, bodywork, and acrobatics as often as she can and is grateful for the teachers that have guided her in her path. She’s had the privilege of sharing her movement practice with many communities but is most grounded and joyful in Chicago.

Jill Campbell

Jill Campbell

Montreal, Canada 🇨🇦

Jill’s been at this a while, since 2006! Her classes are delightfully clear, with progressive skills to help guide practitioners into their abilities. She is known for her diagnostics, humour, ease and of course, creativity.

Sasa Chian

Sasa Chian

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 🇲🇾

Sasa is a caring teacher and her classes are refreshing and empowering. By weaving her rich dance and yoga knowledge into lesson pedagogy, she skillfully guides practitioners to discover movement possibilities within AcroYoga.

Greg Clarke (Smiley Om)

Greg Clarke (Smiley Om)

Ottawa, Canada 🇨🇦

Greg and his partner Diana specialize in teaching fun, accessible, safe classes and embody thoughtful and caring communication. They’re known for their colourful matching outfits and bright, welcoming smiles.

Courtney Coston

Courtney Coston

Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦

Courtney sees AcroYoga as a way to connect with others and to spread playfulness and self confidence through body awareness. She loves the sense of community and connection that can be found all over the world.

Andreann Duquet

Andreann Duquet

Quebec City, Canada 🇨🇦

Fascinated by movement anatomy, Andreann builds progressive and well-rounded classes. She is attentive in her coaching and her classes are known for being professional, meticulous and joyful.

Micah Ellinger

Micah Ellinger

Asheville, USA 🇺🇸

Micah Ellinger has been immersed in the world of acrobatics since 2008, first at NECCA in the States then École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal.  He has performed  internationally with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, and Circus Monti. While Micah is primarily a base and prefers lifting people, he will always have a love for the practice of solo handstands. He is known for being a kind-hearted and technical coach.

Ximena Ezeta

Ximena Ezeta

Merida, Mexico🇲🇽

Ximena’s lifelong connection to movement arts brought her to yoga, which she has explored in depth since 2010. Acroyoga came into Ximena’s life and she fell deeply in love, attending the AcroYoga Montreal teacher training in 2016. She is the co-founder of Acroyogatl festival and the Casa del Acro in Merida, Mexico. She is a vibrant and creative teacher, who also stays grounded in breath and fundamentals.  

Leandro Falcon

Leandro Falcon

Buenos Aires, Argentina 🇦🇷

AcroYoga grew quickly from a hobby into a lifelong practice for Leandro. He believes that this practice is built on listening and sensitivity. He is also an avid yoga practitioner and teacher and weaves his yoga knowledge into dynamic partner classes. 

Clary Franko

Clary Franko

Burlington, USA 🇺🇸

Clary is a community builder and dedicated teacher who loves how AcroYoga connects people in a healthy, active way. Her classes are the conscientious embodiment of her commitment to making AcroYoga safe and accessible while building physical and life skills progressively.

Kimo Frederiksen

Kimo Frederiksen

Detroit, USA🇺🇸

Kimo is a personal trainer, mover, and shaker from Detroit Michigan. He is as sassy as he is gassy. Over ten years in the fitness field, he has gathered inspiration from many modalities of fitness. From Acro, barre, yoga, Pilates and calisthenics, he plays with a clear understanding that fitness is not a “one size fits all.”

Devon French

Devon French

Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦

Devon was initially drawn to AcroYoga for the skills, tricks, and physicality. He stayed for the community and collaboration. To Devon this practice is about opening himself to what is possible.  With a foundation of connection in both verbal and non-verbal communication, Devon encourages practitioners to explore the many facets of this beautiful practice. 

Bruno Garrote

Bruno Garrote

São Paulo, Brazil 🇧🇷

A professor of movement, Bruno inspires body-consciousness through theory and practice. His teachings are clear, yet subtle, and encourage practitioners to reach deeper into their own awareness.

Paul Gelinas

Paul Gelinas

Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦

An integral part of Vancouver’s AcroYoga community, Paul has a welcoming demeanor and a witty sense of humour. His classes are places to hone and build strong technique while having fun.

Reno Gorman

Reno Gorman

Sacramento, USA 🇺🇸

Reno Gorman has been training handstands and hand balancing since 2007. Based out of Sacramento CA, he often teaches and performs acro with The Handstand Nation. Reno’s movement background also includes capoeira, flow arts, yoga, and drumming.

Millissa Greenwood

Millissa Greenwood

Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦

An ambassador of AcroYoga everywhere, Millissa is known for her ability to cooperate and create. Her classes are full of challenges and successes, delivered in an upbeat and attentive environment. Not to be missed.

Poppy Herbison

Poppy Herbison

Vancouver, Canada🇨🇦

Acroyoga has brought Poppy an outlet to explore trust, movement, creativity, and the art of balancing with others. She loves to provide her students with a safe, welcoming, fun, and playful environment – empowering them to get curious and be challenged!

Maren Hill

Maren Hill

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Maren is an AcroYoga Montreal and Acro Revolution teacher who brings a playful spirit to teaching, creating space for laughter even when working through difficult skills. She loves discovering the strengths and passions of her acro collaborators to create unique flows and movements.

Craig Hobbs

Craig Hobbs

Las Vegas, USA 🇺🇸

Craig believes that play is our brain’s favorite way to learn.  His passion for handstands and AcroYoga began in 2011. His classes are comprehensive, challenging, and fun, and he teaches with a warm and joyful energy. Caution…there may be a random dance break!

Jodie Hon

Jodie Hon

Vancouver, Canada🇨🇦

Jodie first found her love of flying through gymnastics. She later transitioned to cheerleading, and then discovered acroyoga as the perfect combination of movement, play, and teamwork. Her teaching style is focused on technique and fluidity .

Diana Lam (Smiley Om)

Diana Lam (Smiley Om)

Ottawa, Canada 🇨🇦

Diana and her partner Greg specialize in teaching fun, accessible, safe classes and embody thoughtful and caring communication. They’re known for their colourful matching outfits and bright, welcoming smiles.

Karoliina Lämsä  (NordicFlow AcroYoga)

Karoliina Lämsä (NordicFlow AcroYoga)

Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

A blend of athleticism, softness and creativity, Karoliina is known for the supportive environment she creates for practitioners and her dedication to exploring the possibilities within the practice.

Mylène Leclair

Mylène Leclair

Montreal, Canada 🇨🇦

Mylene’s favorite thing about AcroYoga is being able to move and play with people she loves. She places special attention on the participants in her classes and her background in vinyasa yoga guides her focus on moving with the breath in AcroYoga.

Aaron Levy (BalancingJew)

Aaron Levy (BalancingJew)

Las Vegas, USA 🇺🇸

The “Balancing Jew” is constantly looking for new ways to balance humans. His classes are inclusive, joyful and funky, and will leave you feeling connected to yourself and those near you.

Cedar Lyn

Cedar Lyn

Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦

Cedar has been teaching Acro and yoga for over 8 years now, and is the co-founder of the AcroYoga Unity Festival in B.C. Canada. In her classes, she seeks to activate curiosity through play, awaken creativity through exploration of movement, and deepen our connection to ourselves and with each other.

Valeria Magialli (Acroseeds)

Valeria Magialli (Acroseeds)

Genoa, Italy 🇮🇹

Valeria and her partner Francesco are the driving force behind AcroYoga Italy. This teaching duo is dynamic and diverse in their skill sets and teachings. Animated yet focused, challenging yet playful, their classes are not to be missed!

Tanja Natchigall

Tanja Natchigall

Montreal, Canada🇨🇦

Tanja is known for her curious mind, bright smile and expressive nature. Her eloquence and cadence spur the intersection of art and athleticism, engaging body and mind alike. Expect intuitive movement rooted in an integrated-style approach and a juicy savasana – always!

Natalie Brewster Nguyen (Flight School)

Natalie Brewster Nguyen (Flight School)

Tucson, USA 🇺🇸

Natalie Brewster Nguyen is a performance artist, site-specific installation artist, writer, actor, mover, educator, and musician and infuses their classes and practice with artistic expression and physical rigour.

Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen

Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

Michael has been practicing Acroyoga for 8 years and has taught in the United States, New Zealand, and Finland. With a background in personal training and biomechanics, his training methods are progressive, comprehensive, and safe. The connection between partners in Acroyoga is what keeps him inspired. To him, it is an art and a sport that everybody can do to express themselves, connect with a community, and have fun being creative.

Petteri Niironen

Petteri Niironen

Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

Petteri is passionate about movement and inspired to combine strength and softness, dynamic movement with flow. The holistic wellbeing of the body is the guideline in all the movement he does and in the classes he teaches.

Silvia Oggioni

Silvia Oggioni

Milan, Italy🇮🇹

A former gymnast, Silvia has a curiosity and a passion for movement. She is endlessly immersed in the search for fluidity, strength, and expression. Silvia has a rich and a creative approach to her classes, and she merges dance, yoga, handstands, and hand to hand into her training and teaching.

Dan Plehal

Dan Plehal

Chicago, USA 🇺🇸

Dan is a yogi, acrobat, and teacher, specializing in Vinyasa and AcroYoga. He received his 200-Hour certification from Nature Yoga Sanctuary in Chicago and has been practicing yoga since 2007. He trained in acrobatics with the FLIC Scuola di Circo (circus school) in Torino, Italy, the Accademia dell-Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and the Aloft Loft in Chicago. He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre, which performs throughout the US and Europe, and the co-creator of the Chicago AcroYoga Festival.

Saija Sarell (NordicFlow AcroYoga)

Saija Sarell (NordicFlow AcroYoga)

Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

For Saija, AcroYoga has been life changing and uplifting, unveiling the potential of the human body to grow and develop infinitely. Her classes are rich in partner connection, creativity and technique.

Francesco Semino (Acroseeds)

Francesco Semino (Acroseeds)

Genoa, Italy 🇮🇹

Francesco and his partner Valeria are the driving force behind AcroYoga Italy. This teaching duo is dynamic and diverse in their skill sets and teachings. Animated yet focused, challenging yet playful, their classes are not to be missed!

Travis Sigley

Travis Sigley

Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

Equipped with a rich and diverse practice background, Travis supports practitioners in finding new pathways and potential in AcroYoga. His teachings are rooted in compassion and inclusivity and his classes are filled with giggles and possibilities.

Mel Sirois

Mel Sirois

Montreal, Canada🇨🇦

Mel Sirois graduated from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, thereby accrediting her as a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA). She has been dancing and acting for over 20 years, and has performed in various theater and film productions in Montreal and New York City. Mel has also produced, directed, and created 4 full length multidisciplinary shows and been featured at the Montreal Fringe Festival.

As a teacher Mel has spent thousands of hours helping individuals to uncover their intuition, to free their self-expression, and to celebrate their unique imagination, spontaneity and creative ‌intelligence. She has worked in Universities, festivals,  private studios, and on film sets. Through her own creation, Inner Fire Dance, she offers weekly classes, private sessions and themed workshops. Mel guides her students in developing body and inner awareness that translates into efficient, effortless and fully expressive movement.

Cate Spinnler

Cate Spinnler

Luzern, Switzerland🇨🇭

Cate’s deep understanding of the human body helps her build balanced and challenging classes. She is a lifelong student, and inspired her students into continuous growth.

Joey Stafford-Abbott

Joey Stafford-Abbott

Montreal, Canada 🇨🇦

With a background as a professional mover and teacher, Joey’s classes are intelligent, engaging and welcoming. His passion for pedagogy ensures that you will sweat, laugh and progress your skills!

Serena Tang (Flight School)

Serena Tang (Flight School)

Tucson, USA 🇺🇸

Serena Tang brings a unique perspective to their acroyoga practice. Serena fuses performance art, capoeira, dance, and partner acrobatics in their art and is skilled at creating empowering, authentic class experiences.

Noah Vegh-Gaynor

Noah Vegh-Gaynor

Washington D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Noah has trained at the Pitch Catch School of Acrobatics and loves icarian pops, hand to hand and dynamic standing skills, dance lifts, and creative flows. Noah guides practitioners to find shared ease of movement and lightness in poses, with a focus on strength in primary skills, and fun in fundamentals.

Taylor Zork (High Vibe Acro)

Taylor Zork (High Vibe Acro)

Costa Rica 🇨🇷

The Zorks see the practice of AcroYoga as a tool to relate authentically to others. Trust and communication skills are built in their classes, enabling practitioners to unlock higher skill sets safely together.

Veronique Zork (High Vibe Acro)

Veronique Zork (High Vibe Acro)

Costa Rica 🇨🇷

The Zorks see the practice of AcroYoga as a tool to relate authentically to others. Trust and communication skills are built in their classes, enabling practitioners to unlock higher skill sets safely together.

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