Video: Parsvottanasana like twisted triangle
This video from David Garrigues’ “Asana Kitchen” series caught my eye because at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, I got adjustments in Parsvottanasana twice. Once was by Nancy Gilgoff, who pushed back/spread my shoulders — as David talks about about :54 into the video — as I was folded down over my leg. The other was by one of the assistants, and I never saw which one it was.
A few thoughts:
- At about 24 seconds, David talks about jumping out to the right. I’ve seen other videos of his and he’s definitely a “jumper.” I’m not, really. I don’t know where folks come down on this, although I’d hazard a guess that this is one of the “small things” we don’t really need to stress about too much.
- About 1:05 is where he talks about Parsvottanasana as being liked revolving or twisted triangle. “There’s this spinning action that happens.” Interesting. It gets you down over the front leg, I reckon. Not sure I’ve heard that description before.
- 1:52: Nice monkey toes!
- About 2:20 he dives into what to do if you can’t join your palms behind you. Amazingly, I more or less can join my palms. But still, it is a good reminder of the real focus: Keeping your front “broad and open.”
- 2:45 is what Nancy adjusted on me. I’ve been cognizant of it ever since.
- 3:29: If I had a dime for every time I heard “straighten your leg,” I’d be the billionaire setting up Ashtanga studios everywhere.
- At about 4:10 or so, he talks about the internal rotation of the leg and its root in the inner part of the foot. That seems to make sense to me; we’ll see.
Posted by Steve