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|Why and How to Back-fly
Back-flying is a sky-frolic. Not only is it fun, it leads you easily into the moving poetry of freeflying. Its fun because it does not require much work. You just let go and do it. The less you work and the more you relax, the easier it becomes. Moreover, it is a great solo divetry it!
Back-flying has few limitations since it offers a wide range of fall-rates and maneuvers. You can fall slowly with belly-flyers, or rapidly along with head-down skymates. You can track far and fast or hover still, no-contact. Your legs are extended for lateral movement, or tucked out of the wind for straight-down fall. Turns are intuitive and easy.
Back-flying requires and teaches relaxation. It is pleasant to relax while back-flying on a solo jump because you are less distracted. Youll discover that while thus reposing in the air, it is gratifying to look around you. Relaxed and gazing at the scenery, the notions of actually seeing and really feeling can be grasped. This understanding will help you to discern the subtler notions found in head-down vRW. If the yoga and Zen stuff that freeflyers preach doesnt appeal to your more meat-and-potatoes approach, try back-flying. Unlike head-down, it does not require the split mind-set of both a placid mind and super-tuned reflexes.
To learn how to back-fly, start with this prescription: Lie on the floor on your back. Relax and imagine the fierce wind of freefall is pushing on your back. Pretend that the wind grabs your arms and blows them upward towards the ceiling. Correspondingly, the heels are picked upward. You appear to be suspended from the ceiling by your hands and heels. This is what back-flying with a fast of fall looks like; this position is called the magic ball.
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