Credit where credit's due
I've been struggling with Hanumanasana for a while, it's one of those postures I didn't think would ever be doable. I know I know, we say that a lot, but really , the splits? not in this lifetime.
I tried doing it every morning after the Prasarita series in standing, recently I've been working at it after Natarajasana and Eka pada Raja Kapotasana. It helped I could get deep enough in to balance and raise my hands over my head, but still...
Anyway, seems there's an app for that..... OK, getting tired of saying that now.
Flicking through the App store I came across a new yoga App by Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles titled Authentic Yoga (link takes your to the Youtube intro) Now I love Tara, back when I started practicing at home a couple of years ago there weren't a lot of video's on Youtube, there Was Sadie Nardini and there was Tara doing some yoga Video's for the Ford agency. Loved those video's, laid back easy going, nothing weird about Yoga videos.
It's very well produced. Not for the hardcore Ashtangi perhaps but if your just getting into Yoga, it's a nice App, slideshows, video's, simple routines, all divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, even some Pranayama instruction. Tara does the moves Deepak Chopra the voice over.
'Nothing for the hardcore Ashtanga',
I take that back. flicking through I found Hanumanasana in the Advanced Flexibility section. Up until now I've been approaching Hanuman by stepping through flattening my back foot and then wiggling my frount foot forward as far as possible. However in the App, it's done in reverse. There's Tara Stepping through from kneeling, leaning forward opening the frount thigh, settling the frount foot down on the heel, then lowering the back knee and thigh and flattening the back foot. Interesting, thinks I and couldn't wait to try it.
And it works, makes all the difference. Perhaps visiting a Shala I would have been shown that a long time ago, except that it comes in 3rd series Ashtanga, don't know about Iyengar. In Vinyasa Krama it comes as part of a special subroutine and gets five diamonds indicating it's difficulty.
Not as elegant as Tara's perhaps and still a little way to go but I can feel it settling with every breath.
So here's a closer look at the App and how you might set about reviewing a pose like Hanumanasana. As you can see you have the slideshow option as well as the video with instructional voiceover. The mini practice routines work in a similar way, timed slideshows you can practice along with as well as instructional video links for each of the poses.
Obviously the sound is better when it doesn't have to compete with noise of my camera.