Handstand on Knees
Handstand on Knees
If you're nailing the handstand on ankles, try this more challenging variation on knees! It's harder because it's higher up but also the hand position is trickier and it's wobblier. Skill demonstration: 1:33
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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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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!
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!
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!
Videos covering pre-requisites to skills in this video:
Handstand on Knees
Get Upside Down with Candlestick
This video goes over everything you need to know to get started attempting the candlestick shoulderstand.
Candlestick Pose (Beginner Inversion)
Candlestick is the most basic in a series of shoulderstand-type inversions in acro, so it's a great place to start if you're working on these progressions. It's also a great way to practice inversions, leg position, and handstand alignment for the flyer in a relatively controlled environment. It's a good way for the base to get used to feeling a flyer's weight entirely on their hands as well. Please use a spot if possible since we're going upside down! Skill demonstration 1:35
Candlestick is one of our favorite ways to start inverting with a partner! Largely a flyer driven pose, bases learn to to be stable and solid as the start to bear the flyers weight on their arms. In this video we explore entrances , exits, alignment, range of motion and spotting.
Videos covering post-requisites to skills in this video:
Handstand on Knees
Star Entries to Hand to Hand
Entering from Star is a useful skill for those wanting to train washing machines, pops, and Icarian Games. This video contains information for the base, flyer, and spotter that will enhance your knowledge and skill set. Hand to Hand Essentials Course Video 3
Jumping Entries to Hand to Hand
This video contains cues and skill development for jumping entries to L-Base Hand to Hand. These skills are essential for developing a strong hand to hand practice and progressing to standing work. Hand to Hand Essentials Course Video 4
Star to Hand to Hand
Entering in from star is one of the most common entrances to L-basing hand to hand. This entrance has the advantage of the flyer getting to start in a nearly finished handstand shape while the base can lower them down into the hand to hand. It asks for a strong understanding of the flyers handstand shape and a steadiness of the hand connection as the base lowers the flyer into position. In this video we give our breakdown of the key points and micro progressions to make this skill smooth and predictable.
Hand to Hand Essentials Trailer
Hand to hand is a journey that takes most people a significant amount of time to develop comfort and facility. Whether you are an enthusiast of L-Base acrobatics or you plan to train standing acrobatics, the work in L-Base hand to hand accounts for a massive part of the journey to building strength, balance, and accuracy in execution. My hope in sharing this course is to provide an efficient and effective path to building this essential skill. I’ve taught this set in my live events for many years with great success and I’m excited to share this progression to hand to hand with the Skillwell community online as well. Good luck and happy training!
Base Forearm Position for Hand to Hand
While it may seem like a minor detail the positioning and movement of the bases forearms has everything to do with the bases potential to create stability for the flyer and consistent feeling for both partners.
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.
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.
Pre Hand to Hand Inversion Training
This video contains pre-hand to hand inversion skills that prepare the base and flyer to practice balance elements and acrobatic handstands without the hand to hand grip. Hand to Hand Essentials Course Video 2
Jump to low H2H
The jump to low hand to hand is the most direct entrance to the skill and prepares the partnership for higher level hand to hand skills in both L-basing and standing acrobatics. In this video we review our thoughts on consistency of the grip, directionality of the jump and mindset/responsibilities for each roll.