Liberty Balance Pose

Definition - What does Liberty Balance Pose mean?

Liberty 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. Liberty Balance is an intermediate to advanced 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 Liberty Balance Pose

To practice Liberty Balance, follow these steps with a partner:

  1. Begin with base lying down, knees bent and feet planted on the floor.
  2. Flyer: stand facing away from base, with feet either side of base's hips. Bend knees and lower hips as though sitting on a chair. Base: place hands on flyer's lower back for support.
  3. Flyer: lean back until torso is parallel with base. Lift left leg from the ground and draw knee into chest. Base: straighten arms as flyer lifts from the ground.
  4. Flyer: lift and extend right leg parallel to the ground. Base: lift right foot and bring knee to 90-degree bend.
  5. Flyer: hook right foot underneath base's right ankle, extend left leg towards the sky and reach for own left ankle. Base: extend right leg towards the sky, reach arms further back to begin to send flyer's weight back.
  6. Flyer: reach right arm back and lean weight towards base's head, keeping body in one line. Base: lift left leg away from the ground and lift torso, as though coming into a shoulder stand. Pause when weight is counterbalanced with partner.

Liberty Balance can be held for as long as both base and flyer are stable, and the above steps may be repeated on the other side. As this is a challenging posture, it is important that both practitioners warm up the body prior to practicing Liberty Balance. It requires core strength from both base and flyer, and a great deal of upper body strength from the base.

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