Francis and I have tried many different approaches to get the most out of our precious practice time over the years and have figured out what works and doesn’t for us.
Here are the Top Three Things that Work:
#1 Having a Shared Goal
Knowing that we are both working towards the same thing keeps us inspired and focused. It’s important to keep this super simple. Picking one shared goal is enough.
#2 Piss Poor Planning Equals Piss Poor Results
Remember how I told you when Francis and first started practicing Acro we both came with no plan and literally ended up doing nothing. Sometimes we still test this to see if it still happens and yes, it does.
To really get the most out of your training time pre-plan exactly what you are going to do in your Acro practice. Some examples of pre-planning are:
A specific pose to work on
A washing machine
Technique of foundation poses
Slow and controlled movement
Keep legs together, tucked or in a straddle when flying
Something you learned in a class, workshop, etc that you want to work on more
Come with at least 2-3 things each you want to work on in each of your roles (flyer, base, spotter) related to your collective goal. Having a plan ready to go for your next practice session allows you to stay focused and keeps training time sacred.
#3 Make Time for Fun
The one thing we’ve learned is that we like to keep Acro playful, fun and creative. Pre-planning is great for making the most out of our training time. However, sometimes we have felt that it ends up feeling rigid, like a checklist.
To keep things fun and organic in the practice dedicating at least the last ten minutes for being creative and spontaneous is the way to go. How it works is the last ten minutes whatever comes up at the moment is what you do. It can be anything. It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t matter if it’s ridiculous.
One way of finding inspiration is by having rocking music and moving with it. Some already created for you killer playlists are 71 minutes of hot swag playlist by Daniel Scott, the Alchemy of the elements playlists by Silvia Mordini. If wanting to create your own check out Yoga Teacher Grad School simple ways on how to find new music. The most important thing is to have fun with it. Bonus points if you keep the joy flowing the entire time you do Acro.