On to the next thing!!!
Slow your roll for a minute, though. Want to make any move better? Figure out exactly what’s going on. Ask yourself these three questions for a solid understanding of the things you’re learning.
What’s Holding Me Up?
How are you staying up there? With some memorized hand placement, wishes and prayers?
I hope not.
What part of your body is supporting your weight? What part of the apparatus is supporting your weight? Is that hand currently a load-bearing hand? Are you pulling the trapeze bar or lyra toward you or pushing it away? Which silk post needs to be taut for you to stay in the air?
This is important! Don’t just trust that you followed the instructions (although you should absolutely follow them!). Feel out what is going on in your body and with your apparatus.
Where is My Center of Gravity?
This is a big one I see overlooked. Where are you balancing from? You really want to pay attention here, especially in inversions. When doing an inverted split in the trapeze ropes or in the silks, are you wobbling back and forth, tick-tocking your legs on your posts to keep from falling? Not good.
Although every move is different, check your core first. Tighten your abs. Don’t untighten them. There’s a very good chance that your center will be there.
If you cannot find your balance, you do not have that move down. I don’t care if you can recite the directions verbatim. You don’t have it.
How Can I Safely Alter This?
Well here’s a fun one.
Want to get creative in the air without looking like a windsock in a hurricane? Start playing with safely altering the move.
What if your feet were here instead of there? Can you open the silks tails and spin them separately? Can you go into another pose without getting tangled?
Slowly and mindfully changing a move or pose is a great way to get better aquainted with it and to start developing your own style. Once you know what is holding you up and where your center of gravity is, you won’t be relegated to the exact same 5 poses.
Fight the urge to simply memorize trick after trick after trick! Work to understand what’s happening and you’ll not only create a better foundation for yourself, you’ll be a lot more interesting in the air!