Ayesha, Ayesha, Ayesha. There are not enough words to sum up the frustration and hours of attempts that this move has taken me.
I thought I had been able to do the Ayesha for a few years now but it’s only recently that I’ve come to realise that there’s a better way for me to do this move and as such I can do it properly now.
I always find with most pole move and tricks there’s always one little thing that you have to do in order to get the move easily, and then it all just clicks into place!
My First Attempts
When I started learning the Ayesha I would invert on the pole, use a forearm grip and then take my legs out to a V shape and hold the position. In my head I thought that I had managed to perfect this move. However, using a forearm grip meant that I couldn’t be as far away from the pole as I wanted and as such the move wasn’t as good as it could be. I also found that as my body was so close to the pole, I couldn’t bring my legs down into as much of a v shape as I needed to.
Over time and with lots of practise this move became a lot better. I managed to bring my legs down further, and angle my body away from the pole a little more. It was at this point that once again I thought I had perfected the Ayesha… I was wrong!
When I practised this move I was still very unstable on the pole – it was never a move that I confidently knew I would be able to get in to every time I tried. As my progress with this move had come so far it didn’t really matter to me. I was closer than I had ever been before and was very happy with that.
What I Did Wrong…
At this point I thought I had nailed the Ayesha and thought that I would miraculously be able to do a Handspring into an Ayesha. Oh, how wrong I was!
As soon as I’d get upside down I found it so hard to try to put my legs out in a V shape and I would immediately lose balance and fall over. How could I do these moves individually and not be able to link them together?!
I stopped trying out this combination for a while to stop my frustration. A few weeks later I finally discovered the secret of how to do the Ayesha… at least for me. It was such a simple trick – why try to do a really hard version of this move before I’d even really properly gotten it right in the first place?
How To Do The Ayesha
This is how I managed to get into the Ayesha almost on the first try… after many different move attempts of course.
1. Go in to a basic invert on the pole and keep both legs gripped onto the pole.
2. Keep your weak hand holding onto the pole from its inverting position.
3. Slide your strong arm down the pole and point your index finger towards to floor.
4. Make sure you have a strong grip on the pole. (Use which ever arms and grip feel stronger for you.)
5. Keep as much contact as you can on the pole with your legs and feet as you slide your legs down the pole, bending them. You will end up with just your feet touching the pole.
6. When you feel you have a strong enough grip, take your feet off of the pole and out in a V shape. Hold this pose.
- Keep staring at the ceiling. When you are first learning this move balance is everything. Although you may not realise it, even the slightest move of your head may put you off balance. Until you are used to this move, keep looking at the ceiling!
- Do not try to rush this move – going too fast will only put you off balance and make you fall.
- The move will look better the further you can move your body away from the pole. Do this slowly to avoid losing balance.
- Take your time with the move. It is a very hard move and for me took months of practise and failing to finally get it right.
- Film yourself doing the move. This will show you how close you are to doing this move properly and you can adjust your body positioning accordingly.