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I haven't posted circus stuff for a while, sooo... - Tactical Ninja

May. 21st, 2014

10:45 am - I haven't posted circus stuff for a while, sooo...

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Last night we started to learn how to do this:



Only, the other way round. I think I prefer the way in the video to be honest - it looks less awkward.

Meanwhile, have a video. We can do about half of the things in this one (mostly the ones that don't involve lotus position), and at 2:30 they do the move where she's standing on his hands and moves back to sitting on his feet that goes with the thing we're learning.



There are a lot of these videos on the internet, mostly set to 'inspirational' music and shot in soft focus, featuring beautiful middle-class trust fund hippies wearing lycra and looking like it's easy. You can find them under 'acro yoga'.

Acro yoga is a term that has been coined for adagio when done by the aforementioned trust fund hippies. Actually that's probably not true, but it does strike me that when I say I do adagio, I get blank looks as everyone thinks of Adagio For Strings and wonders how the hell I do that as a gymnastic exercise. Acro yoga is, I suspect, the language of mainstreaming. Adagio is some obscure thing that only circus freaks do and is therefore out of the realm of normal people. Acro yoga, most people would have some clue about what that might involve even if they've never seen it before. And because it has yoga in the title, it makes it seem like the sort of thing a normal person might be able to do. There are classes for it* popping up all over the show, and in reality the only difference I've seen between acro yoga and adagio is that in acro yoga, you have to be soft-focused, tanned, beautiful, and have inspirational music and a serene face.

When we do it, there's wobbling, grunting and a hell of a lot of laughing. I don't know if it's a factor in being a trust fund hippie that you have to be VERY SRS all the time, but if so then I'll never be one. I'm sticking to adagio.

And if you watched that video, I bet you all watched the flyer. Nobody looks at the base - he's not the one doing the graceful poses and pointy-toed look-at-my-body aesthetic movements. But if you watch it again, look only at the base. He might not be moving much but what he's doing is just as hard, and probably more important. He's basically juggling her with his feet, and doing it in a way that makes himself invisible while making her look good. Yay bases! I note he also doesn't drop her on her head. I'm a fan of that.

* There are classes for adagio too but for that you have to go to the circus. OH NOES!

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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
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That was an interesting read, although he took a very large number of words to make his point.

I don't really see the circus/yoga thing in terms of validity or play vs work, but then I'm a dedicated hedonist who believes that spirituality is expressed holistically through your day to day life, and if you have to 'do' spirituality then you are essentially doing it wrong.

Yoga is good conditioning for circus.
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From:sight
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Man, this is awesome! Even when it's edited to cheesy music, you still get the vibe of it. The sheer power from the both of them is incredible.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, they do manage to make it look easy, don't they? I'd love to know how she avoids panting.
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From:sight
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Probably a lot of practice. I think at one point, I saw her arms shaking just a tad. So it's definitely not coming easy to her. Wowow, loved it.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I have some idea of just how hard some of those moves are. That rotatey one about a minute in is like doing a constant pressup on an unstable surface while trying to roll yourself over.

It makes me pant. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
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that lady in white.. her bra dosn't fit very well.. it was very distracting and unconformable looking *coughs*

#causeitisthelittlethings



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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I admit I didn't notice her bra, but I'm probably focusing mostly on how she's doing what she's doing with the rest of her body.
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From:tieke
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
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New disciplines that I have just invented:
Highwire-yoga
Clown-yoga
Lion-taming-yoga
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From:tatjna
Date:May 20th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Is lion-taming yoga more spiritual because you're connecting with the Spirit of the Eternal Feline?

Cos I'd totally do that.
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From:tieke
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
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Ooo, thank-you!
"connecting with the Spirit of the Eternal Feline" is the perfect by-line. I've just trademarked it. You are no longer allowed to use it.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
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But... the perfect outfit!



Also, it seems someone's already started a class. Here is a picture of their warm-up (based loosely in interpretive dance):

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From:tieke
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:14 am (UTC)
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Great! This is shortly before the entrance of the actual lions (who have had enough hippy bullshit for one day and who haven't been fed since yesterday), yes?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
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Yes, although it turns out that lycra is really hard to get out from between the lions' teeth.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)

Oh shit

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CLOWN ACRO YOGA



eek
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From:tieke
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)

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Or ....
Is it clowns doing adagio?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)

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Actually you might be right. They look far too happy to be doing anything spiritual.
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From:tedwords
Date:May 21st, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
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Okay, look. If Corb and I tried that, we would end up killing each other. Just saying :)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 21st, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)
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Well, there was that time my partner dropped me on my head - on his balls.

That was after the promise we made to each other at the start that I wouldn't damage the nuts if he didn't damage the head.

Luckily we like each other...
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From:adam_0oo
Date:May 22nd, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
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I have taken a few classes in this recently. Tons of fun!

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