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The detail - flyers perspective

In AcroYoga and Partner Acrobatics, once you have moved beyond the fear factor; it is a lot about precision. Now don't get me wrong, this is a HUGE once! If you are being pitched into the air, or you are balancing in a strange position on someone you don't know so well, it can be scary...

Where to put the weight

One of the best ways to move beyond fear is focus on the thing you do want to do. In static poses, for the flyer you want to be able to answer these sort of questions:

  • Which part of your body is the foundation?

  • What part of your body are you trying to pour your weight through?

The more precise you can be with this the easier any pose will be to make. You can make it prettier with lots of extension and pointed toes; but ultimately if you pour your weight through the right spot you will be easier to base whatever shape your body makes.

Adding Movement

When you include movement, the following questions enter the dynamic:

  • Which body part(s) are you trying to move?

  • In what direction!?

  • What is the point of pivot?

  • What are you generating force/power/movement from or through?

What this video shows

Shena flies this really well, although I would argue that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

From Foot2Hand, she stands into the one foot and pivoting from the hip, she brings her upper body down by lifting her free leg. The work needed to perfect this washing machine is to make the return journey back to F2H as clean and clear.


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