Friday asana aid: Jump backs and throughs

I know I complain a lot about the Ashtanga practice — the way I’d gripe if I were up on a mountain top, acting like Ravana in my tapasya (“Come on, Brahma, I just want invulnerability…”) — but there are aspects to the practice that are, you know, fun.

Jump backs and jump throughs, for me, are among those. The fact that I’m fairly proficient at them, I’m sure, has nothing to do with my attitude. (I write “fairly” because I know I could be putting the bandha breaks on more.)

Judging by the online video world — the lawsuit free one — it looks like others are at least interested in the flowing transition of the practice, the one that helps so much with keeping breath tied to movement.

Here’s a few hints on getting better at, or just getting started with, jump backs. Up first, David Garrigues:

Then, Kino MacGregor:

Kiki Flynn:

A slightly broader take from Peg Mulqueen & company:

And then, of course:

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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