|exit from Utkatasana: nava- up on the inhale, lift up|
|exit from Virabhadrasana: dwadasha, inhale, lift up|
Sharath posted a 'tutorial' on Uttkatasana and Virabhadrasana this morning, I suspect he has a bee in his bonnet (bee reference for M.) about the lifts at the end, he does seem to come back again and again to these neglected lifts.
The video above is actually the corrected version, the first version was taken down it seems because of an error in the count.
But they are there in Yoga Mala....
"Then doing recheka and puraka, press the hands to the floor by the sides of the feet, put the whole weight of the body on the two hands, and lift the body off the floor" p63
And here it is Virabhadrasana
"Next, place place the hands on the floor on either side of the right foot and, without allowing the legs to touch the floor, lift both the left leg and bent right leg completely off the floor with only the strength of the hands; this is the 11th vinyasa". p67
"This is the 11th vinyasa", we might try to pass the Uttkatasana lift off as' style' but here the lift gets a vinyasa count of it's very own, no excuses (hangs head).
Some screenshots of Sharath's and his grandfather's Virabhadrasana from Yoga Mala, Pattabhi Jois has a much wider stance.
But, you might exclaim, the picture of Pattabhi Jois is from his Surynamaskara pictures, true but the text does say that it's the same
"Next stand as in the 7th vinyasa of the second suryanamaskara..."
Same goes for Uttkatasana
"Jump into the 2nd vinyasa of the first Surya Namaskars..."
Manju said something interesting about Virabhadrasana, this was from a workshop a few days after the one I attended and passed on to me by J. (Thank you J.).
"He (Manju) also told me in Virabhadrasana that the back leg should feel so grounded that you can lift the front leg up in a kick—and the true warrior of old would take this stance for fighting to free the front leg for that kick".
We should be careful of course reading too much into pictures, I've taken screenshots from my videos that aren't perhaps the best presentation of my asana just close enough ("they'll do"). Interestingly though, Krishnamacharya, in Yoga Makaranda makes a point of point of saying in several places "study the picture carefully", he seems to have been happy with his pictures, how I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at that photoshoot.
I have this fantasy of Manju adjusting his father's Virabhadrasana and Utkatasana
....and nightmares about what Iyengar might have to say about them ( and my own for that matter).
While on the topic of Sharath video's here's Sharath's Pranayama tutorial from earlier in the month.There seemed to be a big hush around this video, usually everyone goes nuts about Sharath clips, this one though received barely a mention, confusion?
And two last thoughts about about 'the little differences'....
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THE OTHER VIDEO
So a couple of hours after Sharath's video was released it was taken down again but by then I'd already written this post. It seems the video was taken down because of an error in the count. I'd posted a copy of the video and went on to transcribe it in an update to better identify where the error had crept in.
Now, what to do. I could delete the whole section, posting the corrected version and pretend it never happened or I could post the corrected version and include that whole section concerning the first video here perhaps as a demonstration of how and why the confusion in these vinyasa can comes about..
Here it is...
Yesterday I saw the video early, posted on Sharath's own Youtube channel ( same as the pranayama video below). I started writing this post and downloaded the video to put on my ipad to work with at the end of my practice. After practice I finished this post but couldn't find the video anywhere. I thought (hoped) it was just a glitch so included my own version but still didn't really feel comfortable about it. This morning I checked and the video still wasn't up on Sharath's site and my blog stats had gone through the roof for this post. So I've decided to take the video down, at least until Sharath reposts (NB: Now the confusion as to why it was taken down seems to be cleared up, the mistake with the count, I've decided to repost it it below the transcript).
Here though is the general outline of the video, the important bits
A hello and an intro, says that he's presenting a short video on utkatasana and virabhadrasana as many students are confused about the vinyasa for these two vinyasas.
Says he will show the proper vinyasa
supta - jump (between hands) bend your knees hands up ( all on the inhalation)
breathe five times here
with the exhale place both hands - ashta
nava- up on the inhale, lift up ( see screenshot above)
dasha - exhale ( back to chaturanga)
ekaadesha exhale place both hands next to your feet
dwadasha, inhale, lift up (see screenshot above )
triodasha exhale ( back to chatuaranga)
"This is how utkatasana and virabhadrasana should be practiced".
It's been suggested that Sharath slipped up with the count in the video (easily done) and that's why it was taken down NB: Have reposted it below now the confusion seems to be cleared up).
Here's the full transcription,
"Hello everyone, this is a small video about utkatasana and virabhadrasana.
Many students are confused with the vinyasa for these two asanas. Through this video I would like to share and show you the proper vinyasa for these two asanas.
First I will start with utkatasana then followed by virabhadrasana.
ekam - inhale
dve - exhale
trini - head up
chatwari - jump back ( jumps back) exhale
pancha - inhale
shat - exhale
supta - jump (between hands) bend your knees, hands up.
breathe five times here
with an exhale keep (place) both hands - astau
nava - lift up
dasha - (jumps back) exhale
ekadesha - inhale (updog)
dwadesha - exhale (downdog)
supta - place right leg, take up your hands, breathe five times....again inhale
with an exhale turn the other side - astau.
breathe five times here.
nava - inhale spread your hands
dont change this knee
breathe five times
with an exhale turn the other way - dasha
breathe five times here
ekadesha - with an exhale place both hands next to your feet
dwadesha - with an inhale lift up
triodesha exhale (jumps back)
chataudesha inhale (up dog )
panchadesha exhale (downdog)
supta - jump through
This is how utkatasana and Virabhadrasana should be practiced".
I've highlighted the areas where the mix up happened
And now we've cleared up why it was taken down perhaps, it see no reason not to repost it.
and here's what Sharath probably intented Utkatasana and Virabhadrasana from Sharath's Primary series.
which ties in with Sharath's recent book Astanga Yoga Anusthana