So 'final' update on the one month Chakra Bandhasana challenge, first a recap....
Here's, the original post
Chakra Bhandasana - Grab heels in a month backbend challenge
If you remember, this project came about from seeing this video by Jen René Peg Mulqueenand Michael Joel Hall.
A slice of brilliance from Michael Joel Hall
My own attempt
Which brings us to today, I've been running this pretty much from Tuesday to Tuesday (my day off), so this would be a month.
Chakra bandhasana ladies and gentlemen, that's it right there, bound, solid, and secure...
Have you noticed that most hold the leg above the ankle, above the knee even, (scoff), BELOW the ankle that's what you should be after...and none of this hands wrapped right around the leg, that's just cheating, you want to be aiming at subtlety, the merest gesture, the ankle tendon gently held between the fingertips/nails.
What do you mean it doesn't count
Anyone for a THREE month Chakra Bandhasana, challenge,.......anyone?
Here's the video anyway, it's coming, gradually, no rush really. I'm more interested at the moment in settling into that final step/brick and exploring the breath, want to get ten long slow breaths there and then twenty-five, worry about catching the legs later.
Chakra bandhasana or Tirangamukha Uttanasana
Thank you to Chiara for the Yoga Blocks, I didn't have an indelible marker in the house so have photoshopped the tag in.
So Chakra bandhasana or Tirangamukha Uttanasana
In Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda (1934) we find one of the young boys of the Mysore palace school, here it's called Tirangamukha Uttanasana and this is grouped in with the uttanasana variations, in a sense it is a 'backward facing' uttanasana, Ramaswami refers to it as Tiryangamukha Uttanasana suggesting Krishnamacharya continued to.
Iyengar has it as Chakra Bandhasana but this version, a bound wheel pose, he's walking in from Urdhva Dhanurasana too rather than dropping back and catching from the air
Iyengar is more 'bound' than I am obviously
All the old texts seem to have different names for the same postures, gets confusing. Plus the descriptions in the old texts aren't what we're used to now, so they seem to end up slightly different with every reading. Krishnamacharya refers to certain postures as one thing in this school and something else in another school, one student probably remembers one of those name another remembers a different one or calls it by some text he comes across in the Mysore Library. That's just the postures with names deriving from texts.... the others are just, shall we say, ...'rediscovered' during practice ( or teaching), and then described in a moment of inspiration. There can't be that many of the old named postures that are set in stone.