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  • straight edge help

    Posted by pole-twista on November 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    so have been getting comfy w split grip aysha and want to work on straight edge but when i do it cant seem to get my body away from the pole (prob easier w elbow or forarm grip) so that it feels like i’m cheating. my sort of inner leg is still resting against the pole ..
    would like to have a really strong straight edge (looks wimpy and sloppy now bc dont have that nice straight tight line..)
    any tips would be much apprciated.

    Veena replied 14 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • SissyBuns

    November 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm


    Cuz I wanna know too lol

  • Veena

    November 20, 2009 at 12:02 am

    The straight edge is more difficult because it takes more balance to hold that line. If your comfortable with your straight edge V aka aysha then try this.

    Caterpillar up, stay in that tucked position….the farther out you are from the pole the harder this will be to hold. I like the forearm grip for this. DON’T ARCH YOUR BACK!!

    From that tuck position try extending ONE leg straight up…slowly! Work on holding that….then try to bring the other leg up next to it. Once you have your balance that way then work on moving right from the tuck to releasing both leg up at the same time.

    Make sure your solid in whatever grip your using, that way you can focus on your balance….breath…don’t hold your breath. lol

    Try working on handstands against the wall or pole to improve your balance.

  • chemgoddess1

    November 20, 2009 at 12:21 am

    And again, I can do this but not an aysha (or should I say a proper aysha-away from the pole). I don’t get it.

    Working on headstands and handstands really helped me get the core strength for this. I have been doing handstands against the pole and then trying to get all parts of my body off the pole and just balancing. Some days I can hold it longer than others but every time I pole I do this. I have just recently started doing headstands just on a mat, going from tripod into a headstand.

  • pole-twista

    November 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    thanks for the tips! will try it with one leg at a time. and thanks for the reminder to BREATHE.. lol i’m amazed how much i hold my breath when attempting difficult moves!

  • Veena

    November 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Just remember the key is move slooooowly don’t try to just pop the legs up. Balance requires constant slight adjustments.

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