I was performing today for @doratocircus for the international circus day. After getting back home I really felt like shooting something for this special day so my love and I went to this place near our house and played a bit.
Here’s a sneak peak to the upcoming video from today.
Happy international circus day, everyone!!
Video: my amazing love, @ozaviya
🖤 The Perfect Point: stop the sickle ❌⠀
Sickling feet during aerial or ground skills is THE WORST, amiright?! Nothing makes me cringe more than re-watching a video of a sequence I’m working on, only to see a MAJOR sickle at the end of a (hopefully) straight leg 😫 SO, what do we DO about it?? How do we train that perfect point??⠀
This is a great starter exercise to #stopthesickle while training a straight-legged toe point (otherwise known as the holy grail of performing arts aesthetics) 😍 Often, a sub-par point is not purely a strength or mobility issue, but also a motor control/ muscle firing issue 🔥 We must not only train strength and mobility, but also utilize drills that re-wire our brain to our legs to our toes 🔌! That’s what this drill does- it helps strengthen the wiring between all of these structures, so that our go-to habit in the air is straight legs and pointed, not-sickled toes 🖤⠀
Key points with this exercise: ⠀
1. KEEP YOUR KNEES STRAIGHT! Only point your toes as far as you can while KEEPING a straight knee. This helps solidify that neuromuscular reprogramming 👊⠀
2. First, work on just pointing and flexing. Don’t drop the paper towel 🤡⠀
3. Then, once this feels easy, move on to creating a “C” shape with your ankle in the air- in the OPPOSITE direction of the sickle! ⠀
🤓 For all you anatomy/biomechanics nerds out there: In anatomic terms, sickling= plantarflexion (pointing) and INversion. Therefore, this exercise focuses on strengthening plantarflexion and EVERSION. It does this by working on strength and coordination between a few different muscle groups that facilitate these movements: the peroneals (lateral compartment of the leg), the small foot intrinsics, and the two posterior compartments of the leg- deep and superficial. 💪⠀
Want MORE INFO on the anatomy of the perfect point? Stay tuned for my next LIVE video MONDAY MORNING⏰ I’ll announce the exact time on SUNDAY on my instagram story, so be sure to check back!⠀
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave ‘em in the comments below, and tag a friend to try this with 👯♀️❤️👇
The upside-down is an entirely different world. 🙃
Something changes when you can’t see your limbs or the horizon to keep yourself in balance, when you have to feel into something and rely heavily on senses other than sight sight to guide you. My favourite way to bring my wandering focus back into myself and find ground is through my palms and fingertips. ✋🏻
What’s yours? 👉🏻
Cirque Physio travel rule #1 : never return home from a trip without having your next one planned 💁🏻♀️ 🗺 My Euro-trip with @the_artist_athlete was *everything* I had hoped it would be- I met so many amazing friends, worked with dozens of incredible circus artists, and ate ALL the food. I’m so grateful that my “job” allows me to travel, teach, and learn from so many rockstars 🤩 Thanks to everyone who came to all of my workshops this month- it was incredible meeting and working with you all, and I can’t WAIT to come back!! ⠀
Next up: San Francisco until July, then @heelhang and I take on Alaska, Vancouver, and Salt Lake City this summer ☀️ 👯♀️⛰✨ ⠀
Thanks, @wildthing_photo for the 📷 ❤️🤗
@the_artist_athlete and I spent our last full day together riding through Dutch tulip fields on a tandem bike. Well, it was mostly Shannon who did the riding...I sat on the back seat snapping photos and seeing how little I could contribute to pedaling without her noticing... #worksmarter#itwasmyrestday 😂🤷🏻♀️.
Since Shannon’s leaving me tomorrow (😫😭), we’re doing our LAST Instagram live session in a few hours- Q and A style. So, come with questions and we’ll see you soon 🌷👯♀️🌷