On Saturday I took a Pole Acro and Handstands workshop for the first time. I'd always been curious about this mysterious element of pole and I've seen more than a few of my friends from Pole Divas engage in some awesome hand and elbow stands, so I decided I'd give it a go myself.
It was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life!
Acro is pretty much all core and (confession) my core ain't that strong at the moment. Because it is pole acro, all the holds are pole-assisted, and once I got up into my elbow stands (handstands were too scary for me) I was alright. Stag legs defeated me, but I did a really pretty fang and some lovely holds with pointed toes. Kristy also had us do some cool doubles tricks and practice forwards and backwards rolls.
All the doubles fun in acro yesterday! Photos: My own
As we were doing forwards and backwards rolls, I had a moment of wondering why the hell I'd decided to do this workshop, as two of my biggest fears are being upside down and going backwards... and but it's very nature, pole acro consists primarily of being upside down and going backwards!
But then I realised that the fact that I was in the acro workshop at all was a testament to my courage. I knew that acro would involve being upside down in strange positions - my forearms have bruises and my shoulders ache from my elbow stands - but I still chose to go. I knew that part of acro would be floor transitions such as rolls, which I have never liked, and I still chose to go. And I chose to try everything, even the terrifying handstands, which I couldn't hold without Kristy, so there are no photos.
And, the most important part, I had fun!
Even though it was scary, challenging, I have aches all over (cryo tomorrow, methinks) I really enjoyed myself. I couldn't kick up into an elbow stand on my own, so Kristy helped me to get up, but I got into all of these positions on my own once I was up there and managed to hold them. In fact, I quite liked the elbow stands and you will be seeing some in my upcoming routine for Pole Addiction. You will also be seeing the Fang again; I love this shape!
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.