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It's time to start getting more out of your Acro practice. Regardless of a busy schedule. Even if there is not a community near you. Or you don't have a partner.You've seen the Acro partnerships that make time for their practice no matter what. Who magically always seem to progress, get stronger and make things look easy.
Do More Acro Yoga: How to hack a busy schedule, be wildly productive and make your practice work for you
If you've ever caught yourself saying:
"With my crazy schedule, it's difficult to find someone who I can regularly practice Acro with"
"I teach/work so much there is barely time for my own Acro training"
"There is not an Acro community near where I live"
this guide is for you.
I've been there and know what it's like to have a full schedule filled with work and family obligations. Not having a partner. Having little to no access to teachers and classes in the nearby community. Frankly, it sucks if you love Acro so much and are limited by what you can do. It becomes frustrating when you're not seeing progress. And you're just plain tired.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Now Imagine This...
You've let go of the stresses of the work day and life dramas. You're completely present, enjoying the moment. Laughing and having fun. Heck, you even feel like a child again.
You have a partner to play with. A partner you feel the sweet connection with. Where things flow with grace and ease. Allowing you to fully experiencing the joy of Acro as you connect with one another.
You're accomplishing new things in a practice you love. You feel confident and strong in your body. Getting those dream poses, doing cool spinny rotating stuff (washing machines), short flows and creating awesome transitions you never thought you'd be able to do. You have the skills and confidence to go to those dream intensives and trainings with the celebrity Acro teachers.
Now is it possible for this to be more than dreaming? Yes! And you can make your AcroDream real too.
Even if you are limited on time.
Even if you have a lack of partners to practice with.
Even if you're a newbie or experienced.
Even if there is not a community near you.
That's what this guide is about.
To create this guide I talked to Acro students, Yogi's, experts, friends and online communities to give you the best resources. As well as, hand-picked my personal favorite resources that exist out there because they are exceptional. Throughout you'll get tools, actionable resources and knowledge to turn your AcroDreams to a reality.
Gratefully, we've had remarkable teachers and resources available to us. Even with that, it still took my partner Francis and I five years of practicing and 1000's of hours of studying and learning Acro.
I'm sharing some of the best strategies that have worked for us in this guide. What you'll get is not the quick band-aid type of value. But, value that lasts.
That means no more having to figure it out on your own or not knowing what to do.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Guide
This guide is intended to serve as a resource for you and/or your partner in your Acro practice. No need to read it all the way through from beginning to end. Of course, if you really want to go for it. My recommendation to get the most out of this guide is to utilize the sections where you're feeling the struggle and giving the actionable steps a try. Keep it simple. Give yourself permission to take things one at a time to get the most of out of your Acro training.
Epic Fails I've Made (That You Can Avoid)
In 2011 spending ten days at the YogaSlackers Teacher training playing all day, pushing limits and meeting inspiring people was incredible. Being present and connected with others that also love Acro was the best feeling.
Picture doing Acro all day long. Where bases and flyers flow like honey. Where everyone speaks your language and there's more than enough time to advance your practice.Your mind has no distractions and is completely present to that moment with you and your partner.
Then you return home (record scratch sound here). Back to work you go. Suddenly you have no partner, loads of responsibility and sadly no time for Acro anymore. That's the worst. Especially when you are super excited and want more, more and more Acro.
EPIC FAIL #1 SAYING YES TO MANY THINGS
Returning home and immediately going back to working 60 hours a week was painful after the YogaSlackers experience. Working Monday to Friday filled with a 9am-5pm job. Weekends and nights occupied with teaching Yoga, Acro, Slacklining and Ayurveda. Then there was the traveling for work. Family obligations, Time for a social life. So on and so forth.
Quickly Acro practice time was lost altogether. The sense of feeling further and further behind in my Acro practice set in. Worst of all feeling fat and gross not being able to do it regularly. Good bye energy. Goodbye time. The struggle is real my friends.
What happened here was saying yes to too many things that didn't match what I was working towards. My choices reflected there was no commitment to training Acro.
Things turned around once deciding to commit to practicing Acro regularly. I was determined to see this through no matter what got in the way. This called for difficult choices and not being able to do everything all the time. Like traveling with my friends for a quick weekend trip or taking on additional work. This isn't the scarcity mindset I'm talking about. It's the mindset of saying Yes to the things you really want to do and No to the things you don't.
If Acro is something you love and want to do more of making the commitment, even if small to start with, is essential. Be stubborn in keeping the excitement you have so your commitment doesn't fade away into the abyss every time you get distracted. Think of it as the start of building or strengthening a super solid foundation to your Acro practice that is unshakable.
To seal the commitment and hold yourself accountable start telling people about what you are doing. What does it look like to commit to a regular Acro practice and be confident it would happen?
EPIC FAIL #2 NOT HAVING AN ACRO PARTNER
Another small yet important detail revealed itself, no partner. Yes, I could prepare alone by getting stronger, doing yoga, practicing handstands. And did. Though how is someone supposed to do a partner practice without a partner?!? Acro Yoga is the Yoga of relationships after all.
Oh wait, there is more. The whole Miss Picky about who to actually work with. Not just anyone would do. Desiring to have a partner that is mindful, patient, supportive, friendly and into progressing was the dream. The mentality of rushing from one pose to the next and always chasing the next move, aka "the Acro party peeps," was terrifying and quickly eliminated potential partners.
Eventually, I found not one but, two partners. We were a good fit for each other. And able to find a time that fits with our schedule to regularly train.
Knowing time was limited, putting in the work from the start to find a quality and dependable partner was a priority. Granted it took extra time but, was so worth it. The first step is determining an AcroGoal. Then deciding what's most important in an Acro partnership. This served as a qualifier and way to get crystal clear quick. That way if it wasn't a match it didn't waste anybody's time.
Lady Base Extraordinaire
Sarah Starnes became my first Acro partner. Sarah is an incredible Yoga teacher, acro partner and lady base. She was my Yoga teacher at the time and we connected at her class. It took us five months before we established a partnership.
We would meet every Tuesday at the Yoga studio and practiced Acro for 90 minutes before her class. Usually playing with things we learned at workshops or trainings. Or some video online we loved. There was a lot of joy in our partnership which, eventually lead into teaching together.Here is a video of our first Acro flow
As life happens, schedules changed and we couldn't continue practicing Acro. What a bummer.
Less than two years later and the search for a partner started again.
This time, a long partnership and dependability was a priority for a good fit. Also, a commitment to the practice, wanting to grow and having a strong connection.
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
Francis and I first met at AcroCamp Midwest 2012, a skill share event where people from all over the Midwest in the United States get together for a fun filled weekend.
Initially, I sat back and watched him. He was always smiling. One of those smiles that lights up a room and fills you with warm fuzzy's just seeing it. He was always full of excitement and passion for the practice. Super strong and like the energizer bunny just kept going and going and going.
After observing, we spent some time talking and really clicked. Also, we took the opportunity to team up for a class. Things got pretty rocky from there. Trust went straight out the window within the first 48 hours of meeting each other. Thanks to a concussion that happened even having two spotters.
For months afterwards, he was clueless of the secret crippling fear inside every time we'd work together at a class. The fear was so powerful it came to the point of never wanting to do Acro with him again.
When I told him, he was sad. Actually, he cried.
However, he was quite persistent in not giving up and rebuilding the trust between us. It took eight months of nervously shaking in uncertainty on his feet. Discovering when we work with our partners patiently and kindly starting from square one it's possible to rebuild the trust.
EPIC FAIL #3 POOR PLANNING WHEN THERE WAS TIME FOR ACRO
Now that Francis and I rebuilt the trust and committed as partners it was time to start a regular Acro practice. Finding time was difficult living over an hour away from one another and both working full time. Time was limited, as we could only do weekends. It was important to keep it productive and fun so we wouldn't get frustrated with not progressing or draining the joy out of it.
Initially we sucked at training. Really sucked. After a long week of work all I felt like doing was laying on the couch when there was any free time. That meant no effort was put into planning for when we did actually train. Because of this nothing would happen or we would end up doing the same things over and over. Boring! It was a very unstructured and unproductive jam session with the two of us.
Perhaps you've had a conversation like this: "What do you want to do? " I don't know what do you want to do?" "Oh, I'm up for anything?" "Yeah, me too." "So, what do you want to start with?" "I don't know" "I don't know either." ***CRICKETS***
Followed by standing around and feeling crappy even though in your mind you're trying to make the best of nothing happening.
Obviously, that didn't work and was a waste of time.
The next approach was pre-planning 1-3 specific things each of us wanted to play with. Drawing inspiration from teachings in classes, workshops, imagined, drew or saw in photos or videos. When it came time to practice there were specific things to do and they happened. This worked. It felt gratifying, fun and worthwhile. Getting clear as to exactly what we are working on brought more focus and accomplishment.
By 2014 all was going well in Acro and we were in a relationship. Then a huge life change hit. Francis, being from the Philippines, had a change in visa status and had to leave America by the end of the year. We chose to be together. That meant quitting full time jobs, discovering a new way of life and finding a home abroad. These plans overtook every aspect of life. It was the only thing thought about day and night.
But, we had committed to having a regular Acro practice and wanted to stand by that.
We knew we couldn't do it alone and needed help. Thank goodness for long time Acro teachers and friends, Jason and Chelsey Magness. So began personal remote training with them.
It works like this. You have an initial call where you determine your goals. For example, for us it was being able to hold a low hand to hand with enough control and ease to be able to transition to other poses from it. Secondly, it was individual training that could be done anywhere anytime.
Next, they design an Acro program based on your goals. You get warm ups and a combination of specific Acro exercises such as long holds or reps. You fill out a log after each training session to track your progress. We are obsessed with analyzing every little thing and understanding it for ourselves so, you can imagine how insanely detailed our log was. The best part about the remote training is all you have to do is have the Google spreadsheet open, schedule it on your calendars, show up, do it to the best of your ability and write some notes. Every two weeks or so they would follow up checking in how it's going and touch base with the goals.
Having the guidance of professional Acro teachers who are incredible at training kept us going with a practice we love. Even though I'd get annoyed because they weren't always available or that it felt like a checklist with some of the fun and creativity being lost or that it wasn't always so personalized. It didn't matter in the big picture. It made training time sacred. It worked with our crazy schedules. It calmed my brain that felt like my head would explode if having to plan one more thing. In the end, our practice improved, goals were met and the we learned the power of individual training when it comes to Acro.
In December 2014 we began adventuring around Southeast Asia. We are now business partners. Are engaged. And three years later our Acro practice is still going strong. Doing things we never thought possible. Not just the physical. Our ability to be more present, supportive, communicate more openly, continue to be curious, and love one another has also grown. There's still struggle. We still miss practicing at times. Committing to an Acro practice is hard. Going back to why we love this practice and what works keeps us going.
Acro has changed our lives. We wholeheartedly love the practice. It's given us strength emotionally and physically. It's brought deeper, more meaningful connection in relationships. And it's so much fun!
Will you be able to find a regular Acro partner overnight, grow skills at superhero speed and be able to do Acro everyday?
To be real, likely not. You will be able to find a partner that's a good fit. You'll be able to get the most out of your training time to gain a strong and accomplished practice. Allowing you to learn more and grow your practice. You will be able to establish a regular Acro practice. You'll have a blast doing it, no matter how busy you are.
Top Ten Places To Find An Acro Partner
Connecting with a partner initially is challenging. You may have tried reaching out to others but, got no response. Or maybe you've tried going to Acro gatherings and feel out place because you don't have as much experience.
I get it. Sometimes things feel hopeless and don't work. Like the time I tried to regularly go to classes in Chicago which, took two hours one way with bumper to bumper traffic. Often times never making it to class due to getting so stressed that hysterical crying began followed by turning the car around.
The thing is some things do work. As you know, my first partner was a friend and Yoga teacher. With Francis we initially connected at an Acro festival followed by multiple interactions at classes, jams and workshops. In both these circumstances there were people better than me. The secret was to find someone to work with that you feel comfortable around. Sometimes it happens instantly. Other times the relationship builds over time as you really got to know one another.
Top 10 Places to Find an Acro Partner:
1. Attend classes and go to jams. The best resource to find out where and when classes and jams are happening worldwide is AcroMaps. .
2. Your friends, family and partner. The YogabyCandance forum has a great post about ideas to get your man into yoga for all the ladies out there.
3. Yoga class – your teacher or fellow students
4. Movement classes such as dance or adults gymnastics
5. The gym
6. Attend Acro festivals, retreats and other fun events. AcroCalendar has a comprehensive list of worldwide listings.
7. Attend a Yoga festival
8. Slacklining - for slackline instruction Yogaslackers is highly recommended. For slackline communities and groups worldwide check out the International Slackline Organization list of resources.
9. Circus arts
10. Find a regional Acro group. Check out AcroYoga Meetups near you. Or simply do a search in Facebook with the word "Acro" and the name of the cities and/or towns close to you.
Knowing where to go to find potential partners is one thing. Actually going and interacting in these communities is another. It's essential get to know the other people and communities you choose to be part of. You actually have to take action by showing up and talking to people.
Remember that it took me anywhere from five months to almost a year to connect with my partners. Sometimes people will respond, sometimes they won't. Be patient and persistent. Know that eventually the right partner will come along.
Action Step: Choose one place you will go to find an Acro partner and schedule a time to go NOW
If you don't have an Acro partner, it may be because of something you haven't considered
AcroSynergy: 3 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Partner is a FREE downloadable worksheet to help you take the risk of connecting with a flyer or base you'll trust
Training You Can Do To Benefit Your Acro Practice Without A Partner
There is nothing more annoying when you are an Acro student that invests in learning and building your skills then someone who shows up at jams but, never takes a class. Or wants you to tell them what to do so they don't have to think. Or always does the same things because they don't know what else to do. People will be much more open to working with you if you have something to offer and have a clue as to what you want out of the practice.
Practicing skills alone is valuable.
Even after three years of working together Francis and I still train handstands, yoga, meditation and functional fitness alone. We are different. Different bodies. Different experience.
Having this solo practice gives us time to be with ourselves. To feel what's going on in our bodies and our minds. Are we getting stronger? What is our reaction if frustration and fear appear? What is one thing we can do each time we practice that allows us to be our best that day? Having a self-awareness practice will make you an incredible partner when you do connect with the right person because you are already aware of what is going on within yourself.
Start by determining the exact skills you want to improve on solo or in working with someone else in Acro. The key is to start small and stick with it.
Things you can do solo that will most definitely translate into your Acro partnership are (ALL FREE RESOURCES)
Building a strong core with Carl Paoli's Workout of the Day hollow body progression. Hollow body is important for so many reasons including body awareness and preventing injury, Antranik goes more in depth about the importance of hollow body.
Bye Bye wrist pain - get stronger and more flexible wrists with this thorough guide by GMB Fitness
Gain more physical and emotional strength at TurboDog Yoga with Steve and Talya Emmerman with this online class
Tap into the power of your mind and body using the Wimhof Method
Improve your handstand with Luis Sarabia
Begin conditioning from an acrobatic perspective while learning about the science behind it using the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools Instruction Manual for Theory, Guidance and Good Practice for Training
Start a functional fitness program with J&C training's four week jump start program or gymnastics style training program with Gymnastics Bodies
Practice Technique With The Community
Going to Acro classes and jams allows you the opportunity to work with regularly with different people, even without a partner. It's like Cinderella's glass slipper. There is the perfect fit for a partner who you will eventually find. But, first is the search, the learning and trying on of the slipper (or different partners).
Classes are excellent for learning new things and improving your technique. Particularly, if you are not feeling challenged in the practice, not sure what to do or consider yourself shy. You simply show up and try your best. The rest is taken care of by your teacher. If you have the luxury of many teachers in your community go to the class that is most motivating for you. That will make you want to actually show up no matter how busy you are. Personally, I feel most motivated if it's easy to get to, I resonate with the teacher and it challenges me.
The other option is an AcroJam. These give you an opportunity to practice what you learn.
If you're not able to make it to class, it gives you an opportunity to find consistency in what you practice. A jam may be organized by a local group or can be getting a few friends together. To be a star of the Acro community it's necessary to practice jam etiquette and safety, AcroTalk is an excellent resource to know more about this.
The key at a jam is to be constant in what you practice such as a specific pose, flow or transition. It can also be a mindset you apply such as being open to trying new things.
For example, if I were to go to a jam I'd pick 1-2 things to practice and do it with as many people as possible. Such as basing rolling up to thigh stand from shoulder stand as well as star. Practicing the same skills with different people teaches you what it's like to work with different experience levels and body types. As well as become more confident in your skills.
What's really cool is when you are not the only one using this approach. That way when playing with different people you each have 1-2 specific skills you bring to work on. Next thing you know you are working on anywhere from 2-4 new skills in one partnership alone.
If you want to advance, be consistent in what you do and play with as many people as you can at jams and classes.
Here's How to Get the Most Out of Jams:
Decide if you want to base, fly or both.
Determine one or two poses, a mindset or an approach you want to focus on for the jam.
Some pose examples are:
Static Poses such as high flying whale or reverse star Transitions such as cartwheeling into star A Flow Washing Machines such as Ninja Star or 4 step
Potential mindsets or approaches are:
Relax Breath Focus Finding stillness Fun Creativity
Show up at the jam with what you want to work on.
Make a goal of working with three different people while at the jam on the 1-2 things you choose.
Take time to reflect at the end of the jam on what you learned, how things went and what you liked and/or didn't like.
Taking the time to plan ahead is an efficient way to add value to others in your Acro community and in your own practice. Especially if it's the only chance you get to do Acro that week.
We call this approach being your best. It helps you gain body proprioception, L-basing basics, sensitivity, awareness and safety. Allowing for a better understanding of what you are doing and why. It also makes you easier to work with and more likely to find a regular partner.
Action Step:Pick one skill you want to improve solo and practice it 15 minutes 3-4x's a week. Or pick one to two Acro skills you will play with next time you go to an AcroJam.
How To Find A Place To Practice Acro
We've practiced everywhere from outside to empty conference rooms at work to Yoga studios to living rooms and basements to open gyms to parks to dance studios to racquetball courts to co-living spaces to UNESCO World Heritage sites. The main thing these places have in common is that it's a safe space.
There's been countless times I've heard someone say something like, "The first time I tried Acro Yoga I was at a Yoga studio, and the person that was basing me quite literally threw me head-first into a wall. It was painful. And scary." This is heartbreaking and unnecessary.
Let's just avoid these things in the first place by practicing in a safe space. That means:
At least 10' x 10' ground surface space Your practice space is free of anything on the ground and walls too close. Has a soft landing such as puzzle mats, gymnastics mats, yoga mats or grass High enough ceilings that the flyer won't hit it.
Ideally, you will want to find a consistent place to train each and every time. This makes it a no brainer of where to show up.
Training Location Suggestions:
Get outside in nature – parks, forest preserves, backyard (our personal favorite) Climbing Gym Gymnastics Center during open gym times Circus Center during open gym times A local community college, four year college or university gym Yoga Studio Clear out a dedicated area in your house such as the basement or living room Go to an Acro class
Action Step:Decide one location where you and your partner will practice regularly
How To Commit To Regular Training Regardless Of A Busy Schedule
Do you catch yourself saying "I'd like...", "I want..." or "I wish..." to do more Acro? If you want this, you have to make time for it.
Stop putting it off. Schedule in that Acro practice now.
First, determine how much time you can devote to it based on what you have going on in your life. Getting together with a partner even once a week for an hour is enough to start with. Once one day a week is super easy to commit to then you can another day. It's better to start small and be successful. Then to get overambitious and nothing happens.
Make it happen today. Commit to your Acro practice with your partner.
We recommend approaching scheduling your practice as a way of creating a routine. That way it becomes second nature and you're dedicated to finding time in your week to do Acro. Do your best to not miss your practice time. If you do, don't constantly move around the day, time, etc or you will never build a routine. Simply show up the next time ready to go.
Action Step: Open your calendar at this moment and set a regular date, place and time with your Acro partner to practice at least once a week. I'm not kidding, do it now before you forget about it, get to busy or distracted.
How To Accomplish More In Your Acro Training Even If You're Limited On Time
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 flow A transition A washing machine Technique of foundational poses Mindfulness Slow and controlled movement Keep legs together, tucked or in a straddle when flying Your breath 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 and 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.
Action Step: Determine your collective Acro goal with your partner and pre-plan what you are going to do for your next practice time based on that goal.
My Favorite Online Acro Resources For Poses, Flows And Washing Machines
Great for challenging acroyoga flows combining Slackro, innovative washing machines and transitions
Best thing about this resource is the calibration and full flow videos from the rockstar threesome Lux Sternstein and Jason and Chelsey Magness
Great for beautiful Acro photos and developing techniques in the practice with precision and confidence
Best thing about this resource I love Jack and Rachel's 10 forms video series
Great for an encyclopedia of Acro Skills such as washing machines, flows, pops and whips for those times you need inspiration or remember learning something but, can't quite remember how it goes. Also, a budding social network for all the Acro lover's out there.
Best thing about this resource is the variety of awesome teachers from different backgrounds with endless opportunities of things to learn
Great for Yogi's who are looking to get into AcroYoga L-basing and basic standing poses
Best thing about this resource is the clear directions when it comes to basing, flying and spotting for their Level 1 and 2 poses found on Instagram.
Great for beginners interested in therapeutic and acrobatic L-basing and flying with a softer, more spiritual approach
Best thing about this resource is the worldwide network and community of AcroYogi's
Great for flows, creativity and encouragement of the rare partnership of lady base, Jessie Goldberg and male flyer, Eugene Poku (also, the founders)
Best thing about this resource is the vast array of beautiful videos integrating dance and yoga demonstrating awareness and control
Great for badass lady base inspiration
Best thing about this resource her videos with her partner Liz Williams are an excellent example of a partnership that is strong, methodical, safe and progressive
Great for insight of what is possible with solid foundations and technique
Best thing about this resource is their philosophy of drilling the basics hard and breaking down new skills to basic elements while having fun and being safe which can be clearly seen on their awesome FB page
Great for handstands and hand to hand balancing from an acrobatic perspective for all levels
Best thing about this resource is the skillful progressions for improving and understanding technique and the fun stick figure characters
Great for the ultimate Acro Manual for partner acrobatics from the superstar trio Niko Douwes, Emily Baxter and Lorenzo Becchi. Super easy to navigate information includes something for every level including: Hands grips, partner drills, inversions, Acro L-basing beginner to advanced, Acro standing basics, intermediate/advanced and Trios.
Best thing about this resource is they are constantly updating and adding new tricks featuring different Partner Acrobatics teachers
Great for a fun approach to learning the basics of AcroYoga L-basing as a flyer, base or spotter
Best thing about this resource is the free ten part video series that covers 24 different poses with clearly broken down variations for the three roles (flyer, base, spotter)
Great for inspiration for pushing your own boundaries from an eclectic group of slackliners, acroyogi's and yogi's brought together by their love of Acro among other things
Best thing about this resource is their YouTube channel that you could easily sit and watch for hours combining adventure, fun and environmentalism with their Acro practice
Use these resources as a reference for your practice if needing refreshing on technique, clarity or inspiration. It's advised not using these resources as a checklist of tricks when working with your partner. If practicing at home, follow the appropriate progressions to minimize injury, frustration and burnout. To really learn new skills or refine your practice, I highly recommend training with a qualified and skilled teacher.
Nailed It! Action Steps
One of the most heard phrases in Acro when a partnership is able to do a trick they have diligently been practicing is "Nailed It". You can think that way about building a practice. Nailing a trick does not happen overnight. And it takes more than just watching.
In other words, reading this guide alone is not enough. Taking action is key. If you don't take action you won't find a partner or be able to train Acro regularly feeling so behind and bummed because there goes another week without practice.
I know how hard it is when reading a guide like this. How overwhelming and impossible putting all these steps into action is. It can feel time consuming and yet, another thing to do. It doesn't need to be. No need to try to conquer everything at once. Keep it simple. Pick one thing you can implement to make time in your busy schedule to train Acro regularly.
Find an Acro partner
Train one individual skill
Choose 1-2 Acro skills that you will play with at the next Acro Jam
Find a place to practice Acro
Schedule a weekly Acro training session with your partner
Pre-plan what you are going to do with your partner at your scheduled Acro time
Look at one of the Acro resources provided online and study what they do
Action Step: Now is your opportunity to take action. Commit to the one action you will take now.
I will take action by (insert what it will be here)___________________________ to further my Acro practice starting now.
You can do it! I believe in you.
Once you do it celebrate by saying outloud "Nailed it!" Funky freestyle dance following is optional.
Big props to you if you've read this guide and decided to take action.
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