The first time I more or less (emphasis probably on the less) got / was able to do jump throughs and backs was — like lots of folks, perhaps — at a David Swenson workshop.
I distinctly recall something he said; well, I can paraphrase him: You should switch up how you cross your legs.
I remember it. But it isn’t something I’ve ever done, or really tried to do. I’ve been happy enough to have one facet of the Ashtanga practice that I can manage adequately.
A couple weeks back, though, I was traveling for work. That meant a patented “hotel yoga” session. And the hotel was neatly carpeted — I’d only brought a travel rug, no mat, so the tiled bathroom was no option.
Some point during the practice, it occurred to me that I had a bit of a cushion, and for whatever reason I thought I’d give the opposite leg cross a go.
Voila! Success. Albeit a little awkward. (I also managed an overly long and lifted crow pose, with the fear of a major head bonk also minimized.)
Since then, I’ve been keeping up the switching; occasionally the newer side is a bit of a loud landing, but it continues pretty well.
Which means what, exactly? Just a reminder that those poses that seem a little beyond your ability might not be. (And, of course, the poses are just metaphors for the trials and experiences of life.)
Final thing: I don’t really consider myself “old.” But the title seems to fit.
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