I received this comment yesterday which for some reason didn't show up. Not sure if it was something wrong with blogger or if it was deleted by the sender because they felt it wasn't appropriate or that they might offend me ( not at all ).
deafsheep has left a new comment on your post "Grimmly, write out 100 times.....":
Hi Grimply I have a question:
Although I am just a beginner, so I might be wrong, but it seems to be something wrong with your down facing dog (or w/e it is called in english this one: http://yogaclub-spb.ru/img/stat/syrja/sn7.jpg). When you do it your back seems to be bending very much in 1/4 of it's height from bottom. As I understand it shouldnt and it should not be bending at all if possible.
Am I getting something wrong?
Thing is I've always felt there was something not quite kosha about my down dog and my paschimottanasana too for that matter. I seem to have a bit of a hump. I'm not sure if it's just my anatomical make up, a result of years of slouching in chairs but there's definitely a bit of a hump.
This morning I'd planned on taking a rest day but thought I'd have a quick look at. To get the side on shot I'm short of space and right up against the wall so ignore the beginning and end of the Sury, all a bit squished. Once I get in downward dog I try to play with it a little so I can get some screenshots to look at later. At first I'm doing it lazily, trying to get the hump as pronounced as possible then a wiggle about in it for a bit to get the bind more in the pelvis (legs are a bit tight as this was the first and only Sury of the morning) then I take the hands a little further forward, Iyengar style...ish. Interestingly the hump seems more pronounced when I bring my drishti to my belly.
Just to stress again the video below is to explore what if anything makes a difference to the hump. I move my hands further forward half way through (kind of Iyengar style) and take my head lower to see if that makes a difference and because that seems to be the style in the picture deafsheep links to above. My usual downward dog is what you see before I move my hands forward and I usually take my drishti to the navel. When I practice Vinyasa Krama I tend to have my feet together.
A couple of screen shots. the one at the top of the page is with the hands further
forward. The first one below with the drishti on my belly and the second without. And of course there is a picture of my current pashimottanasana at the top of the blog.
and here is the earliest side on one I can find, think it's from around two years ago.