Updated: Apr 30
A large part of becoming a good #base in AcroYoga, is to practice, practice, practice.
You’ll want to become both flexible and strong.
These physical capabilities are essential and will develop with time.
But what makes someone a great base?
The qualities of a great base are more psychological, although they translate into the physical.
The cool part is that these skills also make valuable personality traits to develop.
1. Safety first
Always make sure that your flyer feels safe enough to do the pose or flow that you want to practice.
Do they need a spotter? Or maybe two?
Does it help your flyer to cut the pose or flow into small progressions, so they can get used to the movement?
If you’re not certain that you can do this pose without dropping your partner hard, create more safety first!
2. Clear communication
With clear communication I’m talking about two things:
1. Let your flyer know in advance what you’re going to do, instead of just taking them for a ride.
I know, this can be very tempting as a base, but without a certain foundation of trust it can create tension and uncertainty for your flyer.
2. When you’re in a pose, tell them what you want or need: “Can you straighten your arm?”
“Lean more into this hand”, etc. etc.
If you’re groaning, struggling and “fighting” with your flyer,
or tell the flyer what you don’t want, that’s a bumpy road ahead of you ;)
Bonus points: Can you keep communicating calmly, even when things get rough?
3. Sense of direction
As the base, you are guiding the movement or flow.
You have the oversight (the flyer is probably upside down or disoriented :P )
So, continuing the previous point: communicate with your words, your hands, your feet, even with your breath (deep breaths help them relax more into a pose).
The way you squeeze your hands, soften your feet, bend your legs, all invite the flyer to move with you.
And this will get you flowing :)
4. Gentle yet firm
As a base, you’re required to be strong, to carry, to hold, to catch. So it’s important to be firm, and learn to be rock solid.
But some bases feel like, well, just a rock. And that kinda hurts. So be a gentle rock for your flyer.