I was asked by my friend Jessica if I had any tips for working on/towards jumping back...
It's been awhile...
I managed to catch M. just finishing her practice yesterday and got her to record what I'd just tried to explain in an fb message to Jessica.
The idea here is to take a step back transition that isn't perhaps too challenging, something you can perhaps work into your practice right away, and that on it's own can become quite delicate and elegant giving you a nice flow between asana, and then take that step back(should you so wish), by stages into a serviceable jump back that will build strength, stamina timing and technique... such that you can polish it as you go, bringing in bandhas for more control and efficiency.
My suggestion is to step back in most of your asana but then shift up a stage every five asana and then every four, every three and so on.
How does Kino do these talking over examples without getting out of breath?
Here are some old posts, this blog was originally called Ashtanga Jump Back after all.
The idea of the progression video below is to scan through the videos find one that best reflects where you are now and then perhaps go to that period in the blog ( by searching the blog archive over on the right) and find posts that perhaps show how I progressed to the next video in the post.
My jump back progression
Some of the different jump backs that become possible for anyone who has a jump back already but wants to try some of the fancier versions, jumping straight out of asana, lotus jump back etc.
My first couple of posts on this blog
from the post...
'I've heard it said, and been told, that the Jump back is not so important and not something to get hung up on, that it will come with time etc etc. And I agree with this. I know and accept that it's just one aspect of the practice and there are many ways/variations of the jump back that allow you to string the asana together. And I'm aware that Nancy Gilgoff, supposedly, never employed the jump back.
I like the the jump back!
I want to jump back!
I WILL jump back!
I like how it links the asana. I like how the asana flow together when you can jump back out of one asana and jump through into the next. Ashtanga is a flowing practice so what's wrong with focusing on the flowing aspect.
We shouldn't have to defend our keenness to master it.
That said, there have been times when I've stopped my practice midway through my practice frustrated at not being able to lift up and this is where the "don't get hung up on it" comments are important
I've found that the best way to go about it is find a comfortable jump back variation that fits within your practice and then start developing your jump back outside your practice'.
see also this post
And as for jumping back through see this old post