Ah… the jump back.
The beautiful transition in a vinyasa practice that allows one to stick to the breath.
Or, alternately, a clunky, multi-staged scoot that takes two, three or four breaths and a whole lot of frustration.
Despite my flexibility issues, the jump back (and through, for that matter) is one part of the asana practice at which I’m at least semi-proficient. Well, except for the loud banging in our new house.
So, to help myself as much as anyone, here are some jump back tips. Again… my biggest trouble seems to be from standing during the sun salutes; judging from the video selection online, this isn’t usual. Most take on the seated challenge.
Coincidentally, I noticed that David Garrigues posted an old instructional video on Facebook yesterday. So we’ll start there:
And another from DG:
And then here may be the diamond for me. Mark Darby: “Basically I’m going to lift my naval.” Go on…
Anyone know of separate “from standing” tips out there? (Also, note: There are a lot of Taekwondo videos about jumping back.)
In this morning’s practice, for whatever it’s worth, focusing more intently than normal on Uddiyana Bandha, the experience was strangely centered around ye olde naval, and the feeling was both of heaviness — sort of like a weight was there, inside — and lightness, as I managed to get the lift. Push/pull, prana/apana. You know.
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