Notes from the Acro Lab

As a beginning acrobat in 2009, I was not the patient type. I had some videos from social media and I was ready to take off into the world of acro awesomeness. There were no teachers around me (though I sought out a great many later), and no other acrobats, so I just went for it with whomever would go there with me. It took me about a year of muddling around to realize that while I was having a ton of fun, I was not measurably improving. My skills were sloppy and were not changing much even though I was doing many hours of acro a week, and...

Training partner acrobatics works the body in some great ways, and can also create imbalance and pain when not paired with a more holistic exercise program. Acrobatics is primarily a pushing sport both in L-Basing and standing situations. Given that acrobats do primarily do variations of bench press and military press movements with their arms, the shoulders tend to pull forward due to front body tension, which can strain the back of the shoulders and cause pain and disfunction. While teaching at Pitch Catch Spring 2017 we had a great opportunity to work with our friend Mason Shelton, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the Asheville area. Mason's...

Interview by Christine Moonbeam, March 3, 2017 Last summer, Aaron and I had an amazing opportunity to train with master hand balancer Yuval Ayalon in his Parisian home. He has spent the last 15 years honing his handstand practice, and has performed over 3000 shows in La Reve in Las Vegas. When Aaron set up the lesson, Yuval told us he would need to keep us for 4 hours. My eyes got big and my mouth dropped; I didn’t think I could last on my hands for 4 hours. We traveled by train to the country side where he lives with his family of four. It turned out to...

We've been talking to quite a few folks lately about what our teacher development program is about and thought it would be helpful to share an interview I (Aaron) did for AcroYogatalk.com last year about the goals of the program. It has been lightly revised after our first year of immersions and teacher training to be accurate to how we have developed and grown. LIFT 2016 Teacher Apprenticeship was a huge success and we are really excited to bring our 2017 group together. We’re taking applications for the 2017 program now until January 1st. If you want to skip ahead to the teacher training page for more info,...

While on our Lift Overseas teaching tour this summer, we taught a Lift Weekend Intensive in London and had the chance to catch up and train with London native, Nathan Price. Nathan is a National Centre for Circus Arts graduate and professional hand to hand performer with his partner Isis. We had such a good experience training with him and liked his tips and coaching so much that we wanted to help him share some insight on hand to hand training with everyone. In this this interview Aaron Lind did with Nathan you'll hear more about Nathan's background and some pro tips to consider in hand to hand...

Acro involves risk. I’ve seen a lot of talk about safety in acro on social media over the past few days, and I appreciate the conversation so much. Partner acrobatics involves taking certain risks, and learning to make good decisions based on our ability to assess ourselves and our partners is central to keeping training and play situations safe. I've progressed slowly over the past 8 years because I've always been concerned about someone getting hurt and wanted 100% certainty that I know my role to keep it safe. It’s important that as a community, we keep the conversation about safety in acro focused on personal responsibility and on learning...