Last week world renowned AcroYoga teacher Daniel Scott and I collaborated on a training video to transition from Front Bird to Reverse Star and we think it came out pretty darn good.  Daniel, also known as the Washing Machine Repair Man is the man to see when you’re Acro skills are in need of a tune up. He taught two, three hour workshops at the Valley’s underground acrobatic training center JJ’s Gym as well as a Friday Class which I assisted at our Westside location: Laughing Frog Yoga.

Daniel is someone I trust.  He is able to articulate with his feet what most cannot do with their hands or even mouth.  He brings both humor yet serious training ethic to his practice. Having personally spent “off the runway” time with Daniel, I know he takes our art and practice seriously. With several years of experience, Daniel can base you or fly you in just about anything and I feel completely safe with him even when exploring high level acrobatic transitions. He’s able to communicate to you directly using fingers, toes and voice – a skill that is rare in this field, so that when you’re upside down you can understand clearly what needs to be done. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anyone at any level to take his class or work with him privately if you are interested in deepening your AcroYoga practice.

You can follow Daniel and his mustache at and read his blog entry about this video here:

Daniel Writes:

Here are some helpful progressions to optimize your Acroyoga training by improving the flying and basing of REVERSE STAR. Start off by getting really smooth and comfortable with mounts and dismounts from Bird. Flyers, try closing them eyes. Bases, start tracking those hips with laser precision. Keep churning until that butter is velvety.

Start working the shared resistance with some Bird Droppings– moving from Bird to Folded Leaf and back again. Keep awareness in the hand grip connection. Flyers, keep straight elbows so you shoulders become pivot points for the Base’s upward leverage.

Move on to tapping shoulders and creating space as the Flyer folds down into the Base’s feet. Flyers, devlop proprioceptive acuity by maintaining a pike with one half of your lower body. Don’t know what that means? Ask me ;)

When you finally make the move for Reverse Star, fight the urge to immediately press to high by extending the legs, Bases. Cultivate balance, strength, and sensitivity with those bent knees. Flyers, you’re going to have to work on your own sense of balance while that happens. Again, bring awareness into the shared hand connection to make this more yummy.

Flyers, work on keeping your hips over your shoulders over your base’s hips. Bases, try to honor and maintain that line while pouring weight upward into your Flyer’s receptive and compassionate resistance. Don’t know that that means, either? ASK ME ;)

Remember to have spotting when playing at home. Safety is of the highest importance, so don’t skimp on the good stuff.

Big Flying thanks to Tari Manello from That man is a gentleman, a scholar, and a damn fine human being– not to mention a knowledgeable AcroYoga teacher. If you are ever in LA, make a point to find him. He is not to be missed.

See the rest of this original Blog Post here:

Every two weeks, your host Tari takes you on an imitate journey.  You can work privately with Tari by getting Closeness Coaching.

Couple’s yoga and AcroYoga instruction as well as lifestyle redesign available upon request. 


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