Tips For The Ayesha

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.

Top Tips

  • 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.

Do you have any Ayesha tips to share with us?

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Comments From the PoleFreaks Community:

  1. Iv managed to get my Ayesha by getting into my Gemini and keeping that top hand on, and putting my other hand down then going in to my extended butterfly. this way i know i have the grip and my body is far enough away from the pole. Bringing the extended leg back in and lowering the other into position and praying for dear life that you balance.

    Iv done this with a few of my students who were struggling with Ayesha and they got it!!! yey!

  2. HI… to me it was easier to use the stronger arm up, and the weak arm down, as I felt impossible to pull enough with the weak one.
    Another step that it has been useful to me, was to slide down my legs from the invert, and hold them bent again my chest. Only after having understood this position I opened them into the V. It helped me to get used to put my body far from the pole, with a strong chest and back.

  3. I have no tips as I am still using the forearm grip .. But I’m very excited to try these tips you ladies have used to get your Ayesha and hope one will work for me! Thanks for the tips ladies

  4. Good for you, that you finally nailed the Ayesha after so many trials!! I definitely agree with you first words: “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!” That’s exactly, what I am always saying, when I want to teach new tricks. Only, that I am using the phrase “There exists the essence of a trick” 🙂
    Cool article.

    Love, Elle A.

  5. My first Ayesha was done from twisted (princess) grip shoulder mount. I was not able to do it any other way. I have my strong arm twisted and on top, weak arm on the bottom, shoulder mount, briefly grip the pole with my legs and pull my body away. If I have a straight line “bottom arm, torso, butt”, then I have a way better balance. I found a jackknife variation easier at first (legs together on one side of the pole).

  6. I dont want to give advice, bc I am not sure I doing it right. Its really painful in my elbows. But I use the twisted grip with my weaker arm twisted at the top and my stronger arm supporting at the bottom. Then I swing up into it, like I just kick my feet up and I try to go 100% bc if I go 50% I won’t get up there at all. Liquid courage got me there the first time, but after I did it once, I have the confidence to go for it without drinks. I didn’t get it all in one try; I would go maybe 25% then 50% and then I finally went for it after playing with the idea of being in that position.

    1. Please be careful. So much of what you said is incredibly unsafe. You should never kick into inverts. Build your strength and have a leading leg, but not a kicking leg. If you have to kick upside down then you aren’t strong enough to be upside down. Also a twisted grip is one of the worst grips for your body. There is a high risk of injury. There are top level competitors, well known names, who won’t ever do twisted grip. Google bot twisted grip being unsafe and you’ll find them talking about it. If you are feeling pain in your elbows that’s a clue right there that you shouldn’t be doing it. Twisted Grip combied with kicking into the handspring…. It’s an injury waiting to happen. Please start by reading Aerial Amy’s take on it.

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