Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Learning by watching the DVD by Sharath
I watched again the DVD by Sharath this evening. He performs primary on that DVD.
° I was reminded what makes Ashtanga so special: It's the flow. It's moving from asana to vinyasaa to asana to vinyasa, without interruption. The perfect execution of the asanas comes second, so it seems.
° To watch Sharath jumping forward and backward between the asanas is a joy. These vinyasas will be a focus during my next practice. It must be easier to learn the movement in water, I thought, and tried it in the bath tub. Unfortunately my bath tub is not big enough.
° It's always possible to add some challenges to the asanas:
- For instance it can be a challenge to fold the legs to padmasana when practicing urdhva padmasana without using the hands.
- It's another challenge to take the hands to the face without the help of the other hand when practicing garbha pindasana.
° Sirsasana: Those who want strict rules are lost. Slight variations of the series exist. In the DVD Sharath practices 3 different versions of sirsasana.
- First the classic one, see first link.
- Then he took his legs to 90°, which is called urdhva dandasana.
- The third version was again with legs pointing to the ceiling, but the head was in the air. It's a good balancing pose and very relaxing for the neck. I'll try this the next time.
° Most difficult pose was supta kurmasana, for sure: I was curious how he crossed the legs and when. He crossed the legs while sitting. And this is very advanced and difficult. If the legs are not really long, like in my case, this is the way to perform this asanas. There is still some work to do.......
I'm very inspired.
But today second series is on the schedule. I'll go to a Mysore class. Oh.