Globe-hopping Yogis: Claudine & Honza Lafond
There's a wonderful sense of freedom we experience when travelling across continents, diving into new cultures, and immersing ourselves in 'the new'. Claudine and Honza Lafond, the extraordinarily talented asana duo and founders of Acrovinyasa™ have taken this lifestyle to the next level – living, working and breathing yoga on the road.
Where in the world has yoga taken you in last 12 months?
We’ve had a whirlwind ride across the globe! With a total of 46 flights under our belts we’ve travelled to New Zealand, Bali, Jakarta, Japan, Turkey, Korea and the United States, as well as managing to spend two months in our Sydney home.
That’s a substantial amount of airtime. Where do you guys call ‘home'?
It’s been said that home is where the heart is. We feel that whenever and wherever we are together, we are ‘home’. We’re so very grateful to be able to share this experience... together.
It must be challenging being on the road so often. How do you cope with constantly re-packing your yoga mat?
We actually love our lives on the road. When we arrive at a new destination we quickly do what we need to make it ‘home’. Claudine unpacks the bags, creates an altar for meditation, rolls out the yoga mat and draws a bath. We always bring snacks and trinkets from our Sydney home to create a familiar environment.
How did you first discover teaching yoga?
My yoga journey began in Bali at age 15 when I was invited to attend an Iyengar class. I recall being fascinated by the complexity of the practice, the beautiful, mysterious chants, and the beaming smiles. I attended classes everyday for the next 5 weeks. When I returned to New York, I knew that teaching yoga would become my life. I sought out every opportunity to study and practice. Once I finished my performing arts degree I actively pursued my yoga path.
I discovered yoga through my love for meditation and philosophy. Growing up in the Czech Republic, I had an insatiable hunger for finding the answers to life’s transcendental questions. After immersing myself in various spiritual teachings I began collecting a collage of beliefs. Over time this brought much needed clarity to the world both around and within me.
My physical yoga practice began at 19 when I stumbled into a class in Sydney. I soon traveled to Nepal to trek the mountains and study yoga. When I returned, I knew that Claudine and I would create something special together.
Why did you bring AcroVinyasa™ to the world?
We both love all forms of movement, and were driven to create a yoga practice that fused elements of things we love most: Vinyasa Yoga, inversion training and Acroyoga. We spent countless hours creating a unique practice that allows us to seamlessly to blend all three elements, whilst inspiring playfulness and teaching adults how to reconnect with their inner child.
How does AcroVinyasa™ work?
Acrovinyasa™ focuses on synchronising breath in movement, building strength and finding balance. Inspired by traditional yoga asanas and L-based acrobatic flying, this progressive yoga system includes both solo and partner practice. The aerial part revolves around one partner (the base) supporting the other (the flyer) in flying through the air in a sequenced series of yoga postures.
Being inverted with a partner is very empowering. Acrovinyasa™ derives its techniques from traditional yoga streams with the intent to build meaningful human connection within a global community. We’re thrilled to share that we now have 70 certified teachers around the world!
You love being involved with yoga festivals … how was your very first Wanderlust Festival?
Our first Wanderlust teaching experience was at Lake Taupo, New Zealand in 2015. The vibe was electrifying! Everyone was beaming with joy and brightness. We were truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support from the yoga community.
What are you most excited about for the upcoming Wanderlust Thredbo, Australia later this month?
In the US, it’s pretty standard to hold Wanderlust festivals at a ski resort, so we are stoked to witness how it unfolds in Thredbo. We are looking forward to spending time with our amazing friends and supporting them in their classes. Overall, we’re just really excited to supercharge the magic of Wanderlust in a new location and watch the ripples spread far and wide.
Do you have any yoga experiences on offer for 2016?
We kicked off with Wanderlust at Lake Taupo in New Zealand, and Wanderlust Thredbo is just around the corner. In March we head to Bali Spirit Festival, then facilitate our next Acrovinyasa™ teacher training.
In May we visit China for a teaching tour across Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. In June we head to the US and teach at Hanuman Festival in Boulder, Colorado, then Wanderlust Squaw Valley and Wanderlust Whistler in July. In September we head back to Bali for Level 1 and Level 2 Acrovinyasa™ teacher training. Our year wraps up with a spectacular Wanderlust festival on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Yes there’s a lot happening this year!
Tell us about your most profound life changing experience on your yoga journey.
Yoga is a lifelong journey and there have been so many pivotal moments. Claudine has had experiences in Meditation and Kirtan where she has been overwhelmed with tears of joy and relief. Honza has had moments of sheer elation while teaching yoga to children in Nepal during his teacher training. The list goes on and on…
What are you grateful for right now?
We’re consistently grateful every day for each other. Grateful for the ability we have to keep each other in check and maintain a positive mind frame over everything that comes our way. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed about the quantity and speed at which our lives unfold, but having one another, to grow and support each other, is one of the greatest blessings.
Thanks for sharing your inpsiring story.
We look forward to seeing you both on the yoga road very soon.