Basic Bird Pose
Basic Bird Pose
Bird pose is one of the foundational moves of acro yoga. You may have done this one as a kid ("airplane"), but let us break down this move for you in precise acro style! 0:35 - Skill demonstration
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We will show you the ins and outs of bird pose, one of the foundational poses in acro yoga. This will include basics as well as some more challenging variations for stability and control!
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Shoulderstands are a type of inversion in acro where the flyer is balanced upsidedown on their shoulders on the base's hands. Here is a series of progressions that walk you through the related skills!
Handstands on Body Parts
Handstands are challenging wherever you do them, but the most challenging kind of handstands arguably are the ones we do on other human beings because balancing on limbs is way more unstable than the floor, blocks or canes! Here we present a progressive series of handstands on various body parts, ranging from an easy assisted lift to more challenging variations. Don't be discouraged if you aren't nailing these because they definitely take some practice!
Throne pose (sometimes called straddle throne) is one of the fundamental building blocks of acro. We'll dive into this pose from top to bottom - from the basics of regular throne to monos, reverse throne, and some transitions!
Handstands on Body Parts
Handstands on Body Parts
Handstands on Body Parts
Videos covering pre-requisites to skills in this video:
Acroyoga- First step!
Here it is- the very first step towards an incredible adventure in acrobatics! Learn what will be the ground level of thousands of skills. It may seem overly complicated for such a basic thing, but trust me, it's worth getting detailed now to save yourself frustration later!
Acroyoga front plank part two
Step two! We'll add the exciting bit here- going into the air! Don't worry if there are some shaky base legs. That will work itself out in time. We're here to make progress, not perfection. Remember that everyone is doing the best that they can and to be patient. Base queues - 0:14 Prep for lift - 1:10 Elbow bend for Lift - 1:45 Safety queues - 3:14 Flyer queues - 3:55 Plank exit - 4:37 Homework - 5:00
Acroyoga front plank part three
You're doing GREAT! If you're here you've made some significant progress. I can't express enough just how important these steps are, as little as they seem. Here are the final tips and queues towards your front plank shape. You'll have some challenges to work through... remember that it might feel like a struggle sometimes, but with patience and hard work, you'll feel comfortable in no time. Hand release practice - :38 Hip release - 1:05 Queues for flyer/base - 1:28 Safety queues - 1:57 "Gas Pedal" - 2:14 Flyer specific queues - 2:55 Common mistakes - 3:23 Emergency down - 3:47 Hands free entry - 4:09
Acroyoga Front Plank Part Four
We're going to add some sugars and spices to our plank position now. It's time to cook up some preps towards transitions to different poses. We start by shifting weight to fewer points of contact and getting comfortable with single leg/arm holds. Intro - 0:10 Warm up / review tips - 0:30 Base queues - 0:47 Flyer queues - 1:05 Range of motion drills - 1:19 Hands free range of motion drills - 1:44 First transition demo - 2:50 Flyer cues - 3:07 Base cues - 3:25
Front plank is one of the best places to start your acro practice. In this video we explore entrances , exits, alignment, range of motion and spotting.
Videos covering post-requisites to skills in this video:
Back bird is great variation to play with once you are feeling comfortable with front plank & bird. In this video we explore entrances , exits, alignment, range of motion and spotting.
Back Bird to Hand to Hand
Loading in from a back bird is often one of the first load-ins to hand to hand to become accessible. It offers an ability for the flyer to move linearly into their handstand with a clear dismount in case it doesn't wind up perfectly stacked.
In this video we demonstrate and describe the different types of whips. Whips are an Acro skill in which the flyer swings on the bases feet from one position to another. Enjoy this overview, and further videos will dissect the specifics of the skill.
Body positions for whips
In this second video of our series on whips, we review the essential body positions for both base and flyer separately so you have better success together!
Once you've learned the basic body positions, base and flyer should calibrate the tempo demonstrated in this tutorial, so both partners perform the skill with the same timing.
In this video we walk through how to safely work towards a full front swing. We move from performing the skill with little to no momentum to eventually doing to full skill with tempo.
Backwards Facing Back Whip
This video breaks down the whip that begins in reverse throne and swings to reverse bird; it is recommended that you have watched the videos on tempo and front swing first.
This video details what is involved with the backwards swing, formerly known as the "forbidden whip". With our progressions it is safely self-spottable. Enjoy!
In the last video of our starter whips series, we're going over crochet hook, a tricky way of linking sidestar to a whip.
Spotting for Whips
In this video we discuss our perspective on how to safely approach a whips practice, we review common pitfalls in whips and how we can avoid them in the first place as well as when to apply spotting.
Side Star to Whale
This transition connects two of our foundational poses but can offer quite a challenge if you haven't taken the time to understand the variables at play. In this video we discuss the calibrations to help prepare for the transition, different ways the base can help slow the flyers movement as well as tips for how the flyer can control their transition into whale as the base finds their new foot placement.
Side Star to Straddle Bat
Sidestar to Straddle Bat to Sidestar is one of the most common transitions in L-basing acro commonly known as carthweels or tick tocks. This transition shows up in many washing machines and has lots variations progressions you can build off of it. In this video we review key points on how to control the level changes and speed as you learn the movement as well as spotting for common pitfalls.
Fifth Position Walks
Fifth position walks are one of the fundamental steps for learning the classic barrel roll washing machine. The movement asks for a challenging step from the base while they need to offer enough support for the flyer to change their body position smoothly and consistently. This video reviews the timing, mechanics and tricks to execute this challenging step.
Back Bird to Star
This transition gives us a new approach to enter into our star position and also serves as a transition that can be used in lots of different flows and washing machines. In this video we breakdown how to coordinate our bases level change and flyer shape change and movement to make this transition smooth and consistent.
Star to Bird - High Barrel Roll- Corkscrew
In this video we review the transition of front plank to star and back which when pieced together create a super fun washing machine that twists and inverts. In this video we breakdown each transition and review the mechanics and connections that allow us to move with control and confidence.
Arm-to-Arm Handstand on Chest (Fwd and Rev)
Here is an inversion you can get into from bird or backfly: an arm-to-arm supported handstand balanced on the base's pecs. You can do this facing forward or reverse; reverse will require a bit of an arch from the flyer. 0:50 forward demonstration 1:29 reverse demonstration Please have a spot since we're going upside down!
Inside Star to Inside Star Connected Pop
This pop is a one legged throw from side star to side star. This pop blends nicely into the barrel roll washing machines and is one of the most accessible and satisfying entry level pops. We discuss the requirements from the base as well as how the flyer can add height to the pop. We also review a few different levels of spotting to assist when learn this pop.
Reverse Bird to Foot to Hand Connected Pop
This pop represents a step up in challenge from our previous pops as it incorporates a blind stand and commitment to body position from the flyer, skillful pop and catch from the base and a delicate timing to bring it all together. In this video we breakdown our thoughts on building this into a consistent skill in your toolbox and spotting to assist us in learning and commiting to the movement.
Side Star Cartwheel Pops
Cartwheel pops are easy to appreciate for anyone who sees them as the flyer does half of a flip through a handstand from one of the bases feet to the other. Once you are feeling comfortable with sidestar tick tocks you may choose to take to new height with this pop! This video reviews the pop timing, engagement and shape changes for flyers and of course how to spot this dynamic movement.
Back Bird & Bow
This video offers a transition to backbend from the backboard position. This will focus more on a lower back bend and opening for the hip flexors.
Barrel Roll is another essential washing machine that you can take with you to any acro community and already have a trick in common. The barrel roll is comprised of the 5th position walk and side star tick tock so make sure to check out those videos to be ready to take on this flow. This videos goes over two options for hand grip and the details to put it all together.
Catherine's Wheel Machine
Catherines Wheel is one of the most widely practiced washing machines in acro. Through the steps the flyer travels 360 degrees through aa forward tumbling plane to create a complete rotation. This video covers the specifics of putting together the sequence once you have an understand of the underlying poses and basic transitions from those poses.
A really fun and relaxing position for the flyer to just hang out, like a hammock. We enter from the straddle bat position.