After my success on Thursday night, I decided to spend some time practising my pole assisted handstand during Practice Time at the studio today.
I have done this handstand all of twice and both those times Kristy helped me get into it, so trying to do it on my own was both a big step and quite an eye-opener. Once I had warmed up and done my strengthening - front straddles and spider climbs - I got the mat out and prepared to attempt a handstand.
You come into this position from a Ballerina Hold, and you come into a Ballerina Hold from a Front Straddle. Both these are full body inversions, with the Ballerina requiring you to take both hands off the pole. To enter the handstand you place one hand down, then the other, brace your shoulder and stomach against the pole and press your thigh into it before straddling your legs. For those curious, I have posted a video of me doing a Ballerina Hold below. Sorry about the angle, but you get the idea; Ballerina is a knee-hang, using upper-body skin grip to maintain the position on the pole.
So, how did I go practising on my own today? Well, I didn't manage to do a handstand, but, as you can see from the video below, I really did try. So, given I didn't actually manage to do the trick I was practising, why have I posted it here?
Because it's still progress, just of a different sort. It's the beginning of learning a trick, of working out where the different parts of your body go, where you need to press into the pole and how to position your arms to make it look good. It's knowing where your limits are and making sure you don't injure yourself when you realise that you're not going to be able to hold the position. There is a risk in this kind of pose, because you could not only fall and hit your head, but you could injure your neck if you fall or topple backwards and hurt just about every part of yourself. That's why I put the mat down, as some kind of protection, but I was able to safely manoeuvre myself out of this position without falling.
I've got more Practice Time coming up on Tuesday, I've got Intermediate Static again on Thursday and Open Private this Friday night, so you know what that means: more handstand practice. I'm determined to get this trick, and I won't give up until I've mastered it.
Until next time, goodnight!
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.