Finding your core in chaturanga dandasana

We’ve talked a fair amount about one of the fundamental pieces to the Ashtanga practice: the chaturanga.

Here, from this week, is Mark Darby, exploring it a bit more:

I suppose you could say this is in keeping with a focus on the fundamentals.

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Friday asana aid: Chaturanga

Up front, I’ll admit to the inspiration for this week’s asana choice: newness.

Looking at Youtube, I saw a video up this week on chaturanga, and, well, that was enough. As I’ve written before, there are only so many poses — after a couple of years of doing it (when you hit 100 or so of these posts) — you begin to run out of new poses.

So new videos have to make do. And thus, in that spirit:

And then, going outside the Ashtanga circle (and this almost always gets me in trouble), the most popular chaturanga video from the past month:

Mark Stephens:

And now two more, not just from the past month. The two, I think, most popular videos. Because we know popularity = authority:

And:

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Rushing through chaturanga

We all have our asana problem areas, I suspect.

Mine tend to manifest when I let myself rush — in other words, when I’m thinking about everything I have to do after practice and not about practice (which may just be not thinking, in the end).

In particular, I know I zip through chaturangas and let my breath speed along too shallowly.

This video of Lino Miele, while supposedly about Navasana, continues to catch my attention because of his chaturanga. He holds it for that necessary moment, eyes forward:

Yes, that’s how it is supposed to be done.

There is plenty of advice on chaturanga online, by the way. But perhaps it is the fact that this Miele video is about a different pose that lets his chaturanga shine so brightly.

Not that I’d mind being able to move into Navasana that smoothly.

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