Thursday, 14 April 2011

Karandavasana landing and urrm up?

It's been so long since I blogged it is difficult to know where to begin.  I started writing a summary yesterday but it all sounded so dry.  The details without the life.  How can you sum up two months in one post.  So I am going to start again and focus my post on karandavasana.  For anyone who does not know this pose or for anyone as geeky as me, here is a video of karandavasana in a led intermediate class in mysore.

It's a hard pose, no kidding!  I love it though, it suits my character.  I'm very determined and I am fairly patient, most of the time;-).  I am also fairly strong which makes kapotasana harder as I have tight shoulders (that is opening up too now though).  I will happily chip away gradually building strength and learning to co-ordinate the movements which is more challenging but also kind of fun.

So I am working at this at home which can be a challenge as I can contine to do the same wrong thing again and again and again, you get the idea, lots of falling!  Last week I landed it for the first time on Wednesday and again on Thursday.  On Thursday my partner videod it, as he has a new camera and happened to be
around.   It was good to be able to watch it again, but it wasn't as good as I thought it was, lol.  What made the difference and enabled me to land was a tip from a teacher to move the shoulders up and forward.  Prior to this I would land slowly and then slide off my arms.  However as I am thinking about my shoulders I am not curling as much as I can and should in order to land it well and consitently.  This week I tried to do both and mostly failed, today when I was exhausted, last intermediate of the week, I managed to land on my fist attempt and it was a bit lighter I think.  Kino gave me a great tip re curling to draw the ribs in, this really helped so now I need to combine both the curl and the shoulder action.  This is all very physically orientated but to me it is excellent mindfulness training, you have to be totally present in karandavasana there is no room for daydreaming!

So once I land I'm all chuffed for a moment and then the question arises, how do I get back up.  I am doing one of my karandavasana attempts so I only go half way down hold that and then see if I can get back up from there as outlined in Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy, and Practice (Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series) But when I am down I want to use the muscles I need to develop to build strength so that one day, however long it takes I can come up.  This was the approach I took for jump backs and after years of sending the s ignal, a kino would put it, my body responded.  Today I tried lifting the pelvis on and back toward me chest, using the strength of the pelvis.  Is this the action.   If anyone reading can do this and can explain what they do and from where that would be fab.

Bye for now.