Arm-to-Arm Handstand on Chest (Fwd and Rev)

Arm-to-Arm Handstand on Chest (Fwd and Rev)

Description

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!

Series containing this video

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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!

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Bird progressions

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Arm-to-Arm Handstand On Chest

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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.

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Bird to Throne Connected Pop

Popping our front plank to throne is one of the first pops we teach as its a great place for flyers to learn how to change shape during a pop and for bases the get to learn the foundations of timing their pop and how to receive the catch softly. We also introduce a style of spotting that is versatile beyond just this pop.

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Bird

Once you are feeling comfortable in your front plank position, bird is a great next pose to explore! In this video we explore entrances , exits, alignment, range of motion and spotting.

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Front Plank to Reverse Hand to Hand

Transitioning from Front Plank to Reverse Hand to Hand is a great entrance for those comfortable with L Basing transitions to start entering into the RH2H position.The flyer is able to fix their shape in handstand shape while the base can use arms and legs to transfer the the flyer into a handstand in way that can be very controlled.

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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.

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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

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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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Acroyoga- Chair With Transitions!

Welcome to your first lesson on transitions in poses! Here we will discover the complexities of listening to one another in order to facilitate movement. Key point - break things down to their simplest parts and practice in baby steps.

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Reverse Foot to Hand to Bird

This transition is a great way to exit for our foot to hand and the skills we learn in this version are transferrable to multiple heights, speeds, and movements. This transition also shows up in several common washing machines.

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Whale to Foot to Hand Connected Pop

Once you have practiced your whale to throne pop and throne to foot hand this pop will seem like the next obvious step. This video introduces the concept of "tempo popping" and offers ideas on how to blend multiple pops into a larger pop that travels further.

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Front Plank Pops ( Hand Connected)

This video explores popping our front plank position while staying connected in the hands. We discuss throwing mechanics and timing from the base and how to catch the flyer softly. We also discuss several levels at which you can practice this pop and how the flyer can add to the power of the throw.

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Bird pose - no hands!

Take your bird to the next level with a hands free entry and confidence in no-hands while flying! 0:48 - Skill demonstration

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Takeaways in bird

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