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Monday, 22 August 2011
The Seven deadlies, 2nd series headstands. UPDATED with 'distinct' chaturanga
A couple of years back I had started doing a half drop, bringing the legs slowly down to pike and then dropping from there. The main reason was that it was a lot quiter on my floorboards of a morning but I figured it was probably gentler on the toes too.
The full drop from headstand can be a little daunting, the half version less so but I think there's also something about lowering the legs half way that sets you up for a more controlled drop which you can then shift to the full drop.
I'm engaging my bandhas ( clenching your butt and sucking in your belly is the simplest way to describe that, gets a little more subtle as you explore the bandhas more but it's enough to be going on with) and pushing down into the mat as I drop which slows the descent, sucks some of the energy out of the drop and gives me time to bring my hands into position.
The hand thing can be tricky. I used to balance on my head for a moment (fraction of a second) while I started to move my hands, kind of get ahead of the game if you like.
I've seen a few different versions of this, I do it Chuck style, stepping in lowering one knee then the other before getting my hands in position but I've seen a little mini jump to both knees. Kino has a neat version, she pretty much stays in down dog lowers her head, then brings her arms into position.
You can go up one leg at a time or bring your knees to your chest and push up from there but the float up is nice. The trick to floating up is walking in as close as you can bringing your hips over your shoulders, as you lean back a little your legs pretty much start to go up on their own, although your belly strength will have to do the rest of the work.
The trickiest one is baddha haste Sirsasana C or the 6th one with your hands in pincha but it's just a case of walking in even further, try it with the wall behind you to get over the fear of falling backwards. Talking of pincha mayurasana, I saw somebody float up into that in a video recently. Tried it this morning and can't for the life of me imagine how she did it....my new project. Must ask if she minds me posting it here, quite beautiful
Here then are my current seven deadlies with the full drop and below that the half drop, gentler, quieter version that I used for a couple of years.
V just told me in comments that I should be landing in a distinct chaturanga. Surely this is something that's changed over the years, no? NO?
I skimmed through my iTunes Ashtanga movie playlist, Jois led 2nd from Yogaworks? Nooooo, Chaturanga. Kino? Chaturanga. Swensen, surely our David, old school and all that, nope Chaturanga (you let me down David) ...chaturanga, chaturanga, CHATURANGA,
Bugger, my bad.
OK, so not everything changes.
Here then is my first, long overdue, attempt at a 'distinct' chaturanga landing ....fresh from a very hot bath.
Elbows could be less splayed perhaps, but close enough?
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from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi
from my opening prayer
Thank you Krishnamacharya
Thank you Pattabhi Jois
Thank you Manju Jois
Thank you Saraswati
Thank you Sharat
Thank you Kristina
Thank you Ramaswami
Thank you Sri Sribhashyam
Thank you Simon
Thank you all teachers and practitioners
for bringing me to and maintaining me in this practice
May all beings be safe
May all beings be well
May all being be peaceful
May all beings be happy