Splitty Counter Balance Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Splitty Counter Balance Pose Mean?

Splitty Counter Balance is a posture found in AcroYoga, a style in which traditional Hatha or Vinyasa Flow are combined with acrobatics. A key feature of AcroYoga is that it is practiced by two people together. Splitty Counter Balance is an intermediate level counterbalance, in which one person provides the base (in contact with the ground) and the other person is a flyer (lifted off the ground by the base).


Yogapedia Explains Splitty Counter Balance Pose

To practice Splitty Counter Balance, follow these steps with a partner:

  1. Begin by transitioning through forward flying (L-base with flyer parallel to the ground) to needle (flyer upside down with base supporting flyer's shoulders).
  2. Base: lift legs towards the sky. Flyer: hold base's ankles, and then walk hands down between base's knees. Hook left foot behind base's right calf.
  3. Base: walk hands to flyer's shoulderblades and bend right knee. Flyer: extend right leg and bring body in one line to come into a split.
  4. Base: Extend left leg parallel to the ground and begin to lift torso up, as though coming into a shoulder stand.
  5. Pause once base and flyer are counterbalanced, and hold for as long as both practitioners can remain stable.

To come out of this pose, transition again through needle and forward flying, and repeat on the other side. Both practitioners must ensure to warm up properly before attempting Splitty Counter Balance, as it requires a great deal of core strength and flexibility.

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