I was going to make some videos of this but I vaguely remember David Garrigues doing one on this a while back. I was right it's part of his DVD, I really should get it sometime, going by his asana kitchen there's sure to be a lot of good stuff on it.
So anyway jumping between standing.
Do you, yes, no, not so much?
I'd always tended to step nonchalantly between standing poses, jumping felt, well embarrassing actually, even here alone in the home shala, how absurd is that.
Then stepping manfully sideways became the norm and I didn't really think about it. I remember though, seeing Krishanamcharya hopping to the side and Iyengar and on Ramaswami's Vinyasa Krama course he had us hop back and forth a couple of times.
Perhaps I'm growing up a little yogically but I've introduced it into my practice now, Richard does it in his DVD's and workshop video that I've been following recently, my blasé, aloof saunter seemes somehow the more ridiculous, with Richard cheerily hopping back and forth.
It's tricky though, Nancy I think does it with her hands down on her hips or by the side, should check, seem to remember she said that jumping with your hands in prayer was something else that came in with Richard (was there some tension there back in the day?).
So I'm trying hands on hips, in prayer, by the side, giving them all a shot, will try David's approach below too for a while and see how that feels.
Jumping back to samasthiti is even trickier, especially from parasarita with the legs so far apart, feels like I'll throw a knee out or something, very very careful there, trying to work out the best approach... or departure.
So I was wondering, do you casually meander your way to the side or prance with undisguised glee
Just been trawling through Youtube, interesting who does and doesn't 'hop', been placing bets with myself as I click play on whether they will or won't, you'd be surprised : )
In the comments I was directed to Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda.
Stand in tadasana karma. Jump the legs apart, placing the feet 3 mozhams ( 1 mozham = distance between the elbows and the fingertips) apart on the ground. Practice jumping and placing the feet at the correct distance all in one jump. While jumping, either puraka kumbhaka or recaka kumbaka (hold breath) can be done. there should be no noise while jumping and pressing the feet onto the floor........ after standing up jump back to tadasana'. p61
Yoga Makaranda. Krishnamacharya (Ranganathan translation)
My attempt at David's more dynamic, Hanuman leap to the side. Fun to do but I'm leaning towards something more in between.
Interesting quote from Ramaswami on FB this week
'Keeping the legs together in Tadasana, Dhanurasna, Ushtrasana and others, jumping through and back with legs together in lead sequences and suryanamaskara (rather than crossing the legs or moving the legs one after the other), taking the legs up together in inversions like headstand instead of kicking one leg up and then the other,jumping gently to Trikonasana from Samastiti rather than side-stepping are all aimed at maintaining body symmetry during the transition'. Srivatsa Ramaswami