Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Slip Sliding: finding new muscles

If you do not follow Carrie Owerko on Instagram or some other social media, you absolutely should.  She has so many creative, inspiring videos.  Recently, she's posted videos with blanket sliding in poses such as Parighasana, Chatush Padasana, and Virabhadrasana 1; all of which are challenging and educational.

I've been experimenting with other blanket slides.  Hope you enjoy them.

(more ab exercise than a true jump through)

Foam Block-sized kitty

Friday, April 20, 2018

Air time in Lolasana & Eka Hasta Bhujasana

My most difficult pose on the Junior 1 syllabus is Lolasana, or pendant pose.  I just. can't. get. my. legs. off. the. floor.  Almost all the other arm balances, even ones that are considered quite difficult like urdhva kukkutasana I've had better luck with.  I have felt some air time in urdhva kukkutasana.  No such luck in Lolasana.

There are methods.  Two chairs works.  Parallel bars on playgrounds.  A couple blocks and a strap.  Doing the pose on the back.  I'm sure if I had enough helium balloons, I'd get up.  I'm happy to share these with the Internets if you would like, just send me a line.  But I never felt the floating until now.

In the video below, I place my bottom foot in a wall strap, and place my hands fairly close to the wall.  I press down on the strap, and voila!  air time.

For those not into video watching,  here are some pictures:

While I was at it, I played around with Eka Hasta Bhujasana.  While not nearly as difficult for me as Lolasana, still has it's challenges.

Again, I push down on the strap to lift myself up.

I know that the action in the pose should not be pressing down with the feet; but it is sure nice to get some air time.

We all need help from time to time: