My goal is do contortion as long as possible, get a lot of followers, become famous and do my own rap songs. I recently had the chance to ask the amazing Ukrainian contortionist Elizaveta Chursina some questions about her life as a contortionist. She is an incredible contortionist who works incredibly hard and always strives to be the best performer she can be. She has a variety of different acts from Hola Hoops to Duo acrobatics to table contortion routine.
She is one of the best contortionists ever and always has a smile on her face while performing. I want to continue to work in various circuses of the world. Share your experience. To give master classes. I recently had the opportunity to ask the amazing Mongolian contortionist Heejin Diamond some questions about her wonderful career as a contortionist.
In Mongolia, contortion is a big traditional discipline. My mother said i was 5 years old when I discovered contortion by watching TV. It was like a flash on me that suddenly I wanted to make the same things. After lot of times by bending myself in living room, my parents inscribed me in contortion school to calm me, they thought it was just a desire in transient.
The passion never leaved me. When I work every day like now from last year, I rehears 1 hour in the morning and I do 1 hour of warming up before going on the stage. I am also handstand artist. I mostly like the research of hand standing and movements which procure me more sensation. Play with the gravity and hand standing is more creative for me.
I think it was the creation of my first solo act Snow Queen. With my husband who accompanied me in my all projects, we passed entire year to design and create it. That was like our first baby, LOL. If there is ever a Mount Rushmore or Hall of Fame of contortionists, the first name that would come to find in would have to be Alina Ruppel.
This young German woman single handily changed contortion with her natural abilities. Alina faced struggles as an infant and a young child, she was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy, with the initial diagnoses was she could possibly be confined to a wheelchair.
Movement was a struggle early on however as she grew and got stronger it became less of an issue. To extend the scorpion pose further, slowly walk your right hand and your left hand down your right foot until they grip your right shin. Extend your right leg until it is completely straight.
You are now in a full scorpion pose, a common contortionist pose. Repeat the same steps on your left side with your left leg raised and extended behind you. Do rising and falling back bends. This is a variation on a standard backbend that will help you to build flexibility in your back muscles and strengthen your abdominal muscles. Make sure your arms are stiff and strong as this will prevent you from falling on your head when you fall into the backbend. Look at your fingertips and keep your arms straight and strong as you let your arms and your gaze move behind you.
Continue to look at your fingertips as your hands reach the mat behind you. Once you are in a backbend, put even weight in your heels and slowly raise your arms off the mat. Try to find a center of balance so both arms can hang at your sides as you are upside down. Wrap your right hand around your right knee and wrap your left hand around your left knee for a nice back stretch.
To do a rising back bend, place your hands back on the mat and use your abdominal muscles to slowly pull your upper body back up into a standing position. Try bent leg splits. This is a variation on full splits that allows you to show off your flexibility and add a cool looking contortion move to your repertoire. Raise your right arm and reach it back behind you. Inhale as you slowly bend your left leg and wrap your right arm around your left foot.
Place your left foot on your forehead, extending your neck back as well. Hold this pose for one to two breaths and then move out of the splits. Repeat these movements on the left side, with your left leg extended forward and your right leg extended backward.
You will then raise your left arm and wrap it around your bent right foot. Practice the chin stand pose. This pose is one of the more advanced backbend contortion poses and a real show stopper. You should work very slowly through this pose and always warm up your back muscles before attempting it. Then, walk your arms forward between your legs until you can place your chin on the mat. Keep your arms bent by your head and make sure there is very little weight on your chin.
Let your chest and back muscle support you as you raise your hands off the ground. If you are comfortable in this position, you can place your arms back on the ground and work on raising your legs off the ground. Over time, you want to work on bending your legs and placing your toes on the top of your head. To get out of this position, you will tuck your arms into your sides and raise your legs off the ground until they are back behind you.
Rise up on your elbows and slowly come back to seated or stay on your stomach and rest for a moment. Work on contortion poses at least one to three hours a day.
Similar to stretching, contortion poses require a lot of practice on a consistent basis. Doing one to three hours a day of contortion poses can help you to build your flexibility and strength.
Try to move from a back bend to a full split or a falling back bend to a chin stand, for example, and time these poses to music. Over time, you can try to link together four to five poses and set them to music, allowing you to create your own contortion routine.
Part 3 of Watch example videos online. There are many contortionist videos online that you can watch to get a better sense of contortionist movements and stretching.
Look for videos that showcase contortion routines by trained professionals, as this will allow you to have a visual reference for your own contortion routine. Join a contortion class. Contortion classes can be found at performing arts schools, gyms, and yoga studios. Make sure the classes are taught by an experienced contortionist who uses safe and accessible exercises to deepen your stretches and movements.
Get one on one training with a contortion coach. If you feel you have reached a certain point in your contortion training and are looking to try more advanced contortion movements, you may seek out a contortion coach, who is usually a contortionist themselves. A contortion coach can often be found by word of mouth in the performing arts community, online, or through an in-person contortion class.
Ask the instructor of your contortion class if she has any suggestions on contortion coaches who can work one on one with you. Contortion Moves. Almost anyone can learn various contortionist moves, but there does seem to be a genetic component which makes these moves much easier for some people. Whether you can learn enough to become a contortionist is probably something you would have to try to know for sure.
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As the expression carries with it no grimace or contortion of the features, the beauty is not destroyed. Every groan from the fiend, every contortion of his body was cheered by the thickly packed crowd of 10, persons. Cactus aficionados, don't get left in the dust with this quiz on desert plants. However don't forget to stay warmed up. If you're not flexible at all before you begin using these exercises I would recommend to do some easy stretching exercises or easier yoga asanas for a month.
Some basic flexibility won't hurt and it will be much easier to do even the easiest exercise. If you aren't strong in your back you will also need to to strenghten it, so you can return to an upright position after a backbend.
One way is to lie on your back on the top of a gym horse, couch or bed with someone sitting on your lower legs, with your upper body overhanging the edge and bending back down and then up again. Another way is to lie across two soft chairs supported by your shoulders and hips and flex your back.
Both these exercises will need someone to assist you initially. After warming up you're ready to do some serious stretching. The exercises are built up like a very easy looking program where the level increases with the number of the exercises. D o all exercises till you reach the most advanced exercises you can do for each group of muscles. You will feel which exercises that correspond to which muscle group.
If you want to do all the exercises this will take approx 3 hours. As you advance you can skip some of the easier preparing exercises, but always ask us, or if you have one, your coach. Instead such exercises can be used as a part of your warm up. If you are a newbie don't do more advanced exercises than you can handle.
Do the exercises you are good at and those that are difficult, but that you still can manage to some extent. They are supposed to be a challenge and will help you improve.
That's the way you get results. On the other hand if you go to fast and do exercises that are far too difficult for you to handle you might end up injuring yourself. The exercises are set so that the easiest come first and then the level of advancement increases the further you go. Always begin from the first exercise and work towards the more advanced. When you've succeeded with the exercise you're doing then move along to the next exercise. Continuing like that in time you will be able to do all of them and then it's good to do as many of them as possible.
After each session write down which exercises you've done in a notebook. This way you'll know what you've done the day before, but you'll also be able to see how you're advancing. The way to see whether you shouldn't do an exercise is that it's too difficult to do. Then don't do it - yet , but do do it when you're ready for it! Yes, I'm repeating myself, but this is very important and I don't want you to injure yourself!
The pictures are to show how the exercises are to be done, but also to show how it will look when maximum flexibility in the exercise is reached. Don't worry if you can't do them as good as the persons in the pictures. Instead use the most advanced pictures to set your goal. You will get there sooner than you think. Do not jerky actions. Try to stretch out as much as you can without getting hurt or being uncomfortable.
Don't forget that with the exercises you are to achieve the maximum flexibility by stretching out as much as possible so don't give up! You will get further sooner than you expect. The is a progressive stretch a little bit at each count, then stay there counting or if you're comfortable until you feel the muscle being strained. Then release only a few degrees to a resting position where it feels more comfortable or if instructed to an initial position and continue the stretch from where you were at the count of 5 the last time, but trying to get a bit further while counting In the last repeat try to stay as long as possible in the position.
Each repeat is a count of If you are lucky enough to have an assistant to stretch you of course always after warming up relax while your assistant stretches you out until it's not possible to go further. Do not try to counteract. Unless otherwise instructed do the assisted stretches the same way as if you were without an assistant, with the difference that the assistant will hold you longer in the finishing position at the count of 5.
In the beginning when doing an exercise, assisted or not, or if you have been able to stretch further than you've been able to do before it can hurt while in the position. This is normal and will only last for around a week or two. Then you can continue further and after you reached your maximum flexibility you won't feel any pain at all when you stretch out and you will be able to stay in any position for as long as you want without any discomfort.
Don't " overdo " any exercise until you feel that you are in a so advanced level that you can master it perfectly and see or feel that you've achieved what is shown on the pictures. Let your own body set the limits and instead of overdoing do many repeats.
Repeats are the key! The number of repeats in this case is a recommendation. If it should be carried out 20 times and you carry it out 40 times, it doesn't mean that you will get twice the flexibility and if you carry it out 60 times you may find that your muscles are stiffening up again.
Try to keep the repeats on a level that feels good. The amount of repeats are only a recommendation. You'll find very quickly which amount of repeats is the best for you , but don't do less than 10 repeats.
The only situation where "overstretching" is allowed is when doing assisted stretches since you're to be completely relaxed and the assistant is doing the stretching for you! Always follow the instructions carefully and religiously and never give up. In time you will be able to do the exercise.
Not all are able to do all the exercises at once and the difference in how long it takes for succeeding in an exercise or position is different for everyone. It can take days for some while other need months. Some quickly gets flexible in their back and at the same time hits the wall when it comes to the splits.
Others manage the splits, but has difficulties with doing backbends.Contortion actually helped Alina strengthen her muscles. At the age of 9, Alina’s mother discovered her abilities and began training her. In Early on in her training, Alina trained under the guidance of legendary German contortion and gymnastics coach Gerd Rasquin and also her mother. At this stage, Alina’s incredible skills were quite.