A twist comes after bakasana in the second series.
A tip for those you make their own choreography:
- After every asana follows a counter pose. In Ashtanga yoga the vinyasas between poses and sides guarantee this.
- The twists neutralize. To add them between back bending and forward banding asanas makes sense.
What I've learned bharadvajasana:
A few months back M analyzed this pose with me, since then my understanding deepened.
Firstly, I try to reach the verse with one hand. On one of my first pictures I held the big toe. I must have thought that in Ashtanga yoga we always hold the big toe. Trying to reach the verse intensifies already the twist.
Then I should put my other hand on a block first, as far as I could, fingers pointing away from the body. Then I should turn them. I was asked what I realized. To move the fingers under the leg provokes that the shoulder moves forward.
This is what twists are: The movement starts from the hips as always. Then the shoulders move, too, one forward, one backward.
Twists feel good. For me it is as if I open the door to a cellar hole and finally fresh air is flooding into this stinky place.
Today I'll go to a Mysore class. My yoginis will give me the additional energy that I need to do the third series asanas.
Haha, this is the right side. I tested different perspectives.