Proving to yourself how good you really are at something always comes with its own price.
With this article we show you that to really excel in acro it requires a lot of practice and learning from your mistakes, and we give a good way to be able to objectively judge yourself.
But more importantly, it's how we decide to show up to the challenges we face...
How you can show the best version of yourself and perform to your maximum capacity.
Here are some thoughts to get some understanding of this, and a fun challenge episode to visualise this too.
I have found this one thing the best way to really understand if you are as good and as skilled at Acroyoga as you think you are!
That one thing is...
For any of you who have come to my classes or class series, you will know that I always encourage students to perform what they've learnt at the end.
Well, here's why...
When you perform you can't hide.
Everything is on show and everyone will see the details.
It's easy on Instagram these days to attempt a move or flow 5, 10 or even 20 times and manage to get it right one time.
Then you post it and everyone goes "wow!", "that's amazing", "you're so talented"
and so on...
I fall into this trap even!
I post stuff on social media sometimes and I watch the successful attempts back and I'm like "damn I'm good at this yo!"
The reality is, if you can't perform it in front of others at a moments notice, near perfectly...
Then you haven't mastered, understood or really learnt that skill or movement properly at all.
Boom, there I said it.
This is what I mean when I say performing is the real way of assessing your Acroyoga ability.
I would estimate that the majority of people in Acroyoga think they are better than they really are.
In terms of understanding and mastery of skills or movements.
I notice this in myself sometimes.
When I watch back recordings of myself I can pick out small mistakes and issues when I thought I performed it flawlessly.
Now obviously, it's not so important what "level" we are at in acro, and that isn't what this is about.
What I am suggesting is that if you really want to check that you have mastered and fully understood a move...
The best thing you can do is perform it in front of others under some pressure.
This is a great box to check before you try to teach others about a move too.
When teaching you have to at a moments notice; perform the movement, whilst explaining, showing common mistakes, refining minor details and managing a classroom.
So the bare minimum is to be able to perform the move flawlessly.
I hope this gives you some food for thought, and if you need someone to perform in front of I'd be happy to watch! :)
Today we're challenging to have our team to the Jyan Yoga Acro challenge.
Today I'm challenging Astri and Ksenia two of our wonderful flyers and members of our community here to the Jyan yoga Acro challenge.
Jyan or Jiamin, as she's also known is an Acroyoga teacher and Yogi, a dancer from Singapore.
She's a friend of mine, I've known for a few years, I've done a bunch of Acro with her.
She's actually taught me a lot, which is amazing.
She has her own studio in Singapore that's been open about a year, I've had the pleasure of teaching there myself. It's a wonderful space.
And we're using her Instagram and also her studios Instagram account for the inspiration for this challenge.
So if you want to see them, here's the names of the two Instagram accounts.
So if you remember from the last episode, myself and Sheryl completed the Acrowithjohn challenge that Brent sent us, this is why I'm giving this challenge to Astri and Ksenia, if you didn't see that previous challenge, it was awesome.
You can check it out in the top link below.
Up for the challenge?
Yeah!! why not. Let's do this. Hi, my name is Astri Nilantari. I'm from Ubud Bali. I'm practicing this Acroyoga and today I'm really looking forward for AcroSpirit show giving me challenge with Ksenia. Watch it out what we're gonna do.
Hello, my name is Ksenia. I'm from Russia. I have doing Acroyoga around two years already, and I really appreciate to be here.
Is it the first challenge an easy one for you check it out. Ready?
I think it's like this.
Okay.No. Okay. It was challenging, spend a lot of time, give all my flexibility but didn't work. But it was challenging, but it's fun.
And I think we don't look same there because I can bend so deep.
It's probably because of our hight.
Okay, here is your next one guys...
We should kiss each other??
Exactly! that was the idea. It's a very romantic, couply picture.
What do you think? I can try?
Okay, you base
It will fun anyway.
That was a challenging one. Even worse than the last one. God, I'm so sweaty.
It was really I don't really understand how people do it here.
For the next one, I think you're not gonna do this one. I don't know. Let's see
That's a f**king handstand!!.
But it hands to hands.
I can't do this, just because of my wrists.
Yeah, no, I can't hold myself in this position I for sure can't do it with Astri and me.
So to tell you a little bit more about Jyan as well.
She is an incredible Acroyogi, she's probably the most experienced Acroyoga teacher in Singapore. The cool thing is me and Astri actually got the pleasure of teaching a workshop with her in Singapore.
It was amazing, super fun experience.
And she's also given me a lot of tips towards teaching and my Acro practice, which is great.
So I can't recommend her enough.
That's why I picked her Instagram account for this challenge because she's awesome.
And the content is really cool.
So if you're in Singapore, check out her studio and go grab a class with her.
The next one, also an inversion...
The hand will be in the bottom leg.
Yeah on me, I'm going here, step on your knee. Oh my god!. Sorry, you almost go in your head by your head on floor.
No, I got my hands on the floor. I'm trying not to jump too much okay.
Okay, ready for the next one? See,,,, ohh!! look at this
That's the split man!!! Let's do from this. One, two. Straighten your leg. I was a little bit not sure in the beginning, but I'm proud of what we did.
Yeah! I think we found a very good way to look super.
Next, I think you gonna think it's difficult but I think you can do it as well. Ready?
So, I'm gonna be in a handstand?
Are you ready guys?
The last one is gonna be Brent and my help for them to achieve. So, it's gonna be four persons pose. Ready?? It's the love heart!
Let's take a little bit more like this.
So what did you guys think of the Jyan challenge?
When we saw the poses it's looking more crazy than it's in real because actually I never base stuff like this before. And I'm surprised they can get like that split stuff like what!
Looks like easy in the picture, but actually, in the real action, it's a little bit challenging than I thought it would be. Yeah!!
So want the good news? You completed the challenge. Nice. Good job. Do you have any comments for Jyan and her Instagram poses just any thoughts in general on her as an Acro yogi?
She's really amazing! She definitely uses her skill-based like she's a dancer, she has a flexibility
Backbend for me it's crazy in the crazy stuff. But she does what she can like I don't think she's she doesn't know about our challenge I think, it's Caspian choose that so...
That's a very good point.
I have personally not told Jyan about this. I want this episode to be a surprise for her so that she can see how you guys have some fun her stuff.
And yeah, it's been a really fun little episode to do.
So if you want to try these at home and join in, feel free to give it a go.
Please use a spotter, make sure you practice safely. If this is too advanced for you.
Some of these are a little bit challenging, and you want to start somewhere easier.
We've created the partner yoga playbook just for YOU!
Please check it out is one of the links below you'll find it and have fun with this. It's FREE!!!
Big thanks to Astri and Ksenia or also known as Sushi on The Acroyoga Show day buse today.
See you next time for another episode of The Acroyoga Show.
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