In principle, it is possible to balance the flyer only over the contact point of the thighs. The flyer serves as a counterweight, while the thighs must be as horizontal as possible. The base balances in the interplay of knee and hip joints. With beginners it’s often observed, that those are pulled up on their tiptoes. For a stable balance, however, this should be absolutely avoided.
Since the base with his center of gravity gets only with a lot of practice under the one of the flyer, this position is initially used only for a libra … see also special case libra. Pushing point are the thighs, while head, neck or arms are considered as the pulling points.
If the base wants less pull, he pushes his thighs under the center of gravity of the flyer. If he removes his thighs, he puts the flyer more and more in a flag. It is always important to ensure a good connection between base and flyer. The pressure point must not slip while the pull point is used for the lateral balance.
The difficulty depends more on the flyer …
- standing (chair)
- one-leg stand (standing libra)
- back flyer = classic libra (usually started lying down)
- shoulderstand (toilet brush)
- one-armed handstand (flag)