In this transition you cross your legs and pull into crow and then a plank. Try to avoid any contact when jumping through until the legs are straight and ready for the next asana. To practice this, you can place two blocks where my hands are located. When you press up you’ll have a height advantage making it easier to curl and bring your legs through. Try to do this as slow and controlled as possible. I try to do this in three breaths. This can be extremely challenging and often takes students months or years. There are roughly 30 seated floats in the Primary Series. Once you can float, your practice will gain grace, strength, and focus. Your shoulders and core will tone up making inversions later in the series a piece of cake. Youtube is a great resource to break this down. I trained with Kino Macgregor in 2012 and I recommend her videos to learn Ashtanga at home, but nothing compares to Mysore in the studio.
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend. I’m painting some larger pieces, but I will post some videos of Ashtanga floating transitions into asanas in the meantime. There’s a poll in my story if you want this account to be paint only 😉
That’s my baby boy, Bufford. I got him through Oprah in a really weird way. I’ll save that story for another time.
I’m training to start ”tick tocs” in the Ashtanga Intermediate Series. A tick toc is when you go into a backbend from standing and use your core to go back to standing out of the bend.
Ashtanga has been the most difficult style of yoga for me to undertake. Mysore Ashtanga (the style I practice) is done in complete silence 6 days a week and the teacher only adjusts you on a one-on-one basis and decides when you are ready for the next posture. .
Introduction and Primary Series classes are led by a teacher in Sanskrit. If you’re new to yoga, you can start out in led or Mysore (which is one of the oldest practices). .
”A Perfect Sonnet”
18”x 24” | acrylic on paper
Another twist on comparing love is in my story. I find the song and poem below were meant for each other. The song for me is the second chapter. I often paint feelings - it’s a ’lil thing called abstract expressionsim... I think...
. ”Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18