A moment of inspiration.
I was watching Kino's straight leg jump through post this week and she makes a big thing about drawing the femurs deep into the hip sockets to help you lift up from dandasana. Makes a big difference too when you actually jump through, basically your legs have just become a couple of inches shorter and you have a lot more control of them too.
So then I wondered, wouldn't that make all the difference in that float/pike to handstand that I kept coming back to over the years and only ever kind of nailed.
Well yes it does, makes all the difference, makes it easy in fact. Or at least I found it to be the case but then perhaps we all have different missing pieces, this was mine but yours might be getting your shoulders over your hands or bringing your backside back to counter the weight of the legs as we do in floating up in headstand.
Bound to make a difference too when you think about it, drawing those great big nobbly ends of the femurs into the already heavy pelvis, it's all physics, levers and fulcrums. Plus of course you get to use mula bhandha to lock everything in place, good bandha focus right there.
Wonder if it would make a difference to tic tacs, haven't played with them for a year or so either. Just tried to draw in the femurs while in Urdhava danurasana......perhaps not.
Oh, I should add that I sink the femurs into the hip sockets on trini (as you look up before folding in and then lifting up).
The irony is that I currently have little to no interest at all in floating up to Handstand. Oh we'll, interesting all the same and like I said, does make a lot of difference for the straight leg jump through, which I do like as its simple, elegant and takes almost no energy.
Here's the video, this was the third one I did so still rough and ready but you get the idea and if you do a search on the blog you can find posts on how I was struggling with it before. Also I wouldn't say I'm particularly strong at the moment either, just been doing Primary for the last few weeks, haven't practiced Advanced series with all it's arm balances for a year or so.
Can't tell you what a pain this was to post with just the ipad. Took the movie on my phone, emailed it to ipad, to edit, then emailed again to my iPod where I had a B&W app ( original was just too pink) then upload to YouTube so I could drag it into the Blogsy app to post, phew.
New HD is on the way for the mac, big 2TB one for only £60, going to try and replace it myself.
And here's Kino's video where she talks about drawing in the femurs.