Its always been a dream, goal of mine to have a sacred space in India where I could conduct classes. In 2014 I opened up a school in Kovalam, India. I wanted to have a space full of bhakti where I could conduct my Kovalam Mysore Intensive each year. The hope is that one day I will be able to be here for a few months out of the year teaching.
This video presents how to take lotus from a forearm balance headstand as a preparation for Karandvasana. If you find that you can't balance well enough to work with this video, I offer the same set of instructions using the wall in another video on my channel.
Remember to maintain a true vertical position over your foundation as you work on this move. Once you flip the first leg remember to lift up that knee and push it back in order to successfully flip the second leg to complete the position. Alternate the leg that you start with to facilitate symmetry between the two sides. Think of your forearms, shoulders, and upper back as the foundation more than your head. Press into your foundation and also lift vertically up out that foundation.
Learning to take lotus in forearm balance while using the wall for support is an excellent preparation for Karandvasana. Make sure set your foundation all the way at the wall so that you can work with with a close to a vertical body position as possible. Refrain over using the wall, don't lean back too far or too easily. If you must touch wall do it with one foot only while continuing to maintain the vertical line throughout the rest of the body. Try many times minimizing your use of the wall in order to gain strength and stamina.
Successfully taking lotus from a free standing forearm balance represents a significant step along the way to achieving Karandvasana.
Establish a clear, rock solid foundation before you kick up. Achieve and maintain as true a vertical line as possible when attempting to fold the legs into lotus. Do your best to swing the legs dynamically by externally rotating your legs circular fashion with the nimbleness of a frog. Practice diligently to acquire the knack of the flip so that you'll have energy to spare for lowering your legs onto your arms in the next step of the posture.
CHECK OUT my other vides if you want an easier version for working on this dynamic gesture. I have videos using the wall, or taking lotus in headstand that will help you progress.
Study this short, simple video and transform your approach to forward bending postures. By stabilizing your pelvis and grounding the long thigh bones in the upper legs you can effectively tether yourself to the earth. As your lower body becomes planted and immovable, the spine responds vine like elongating out and away from the foundation. The crux is in creating a dynamic forward bend through activating the opposing forces that can exist between the lower body and spine.
KEYWORDS: forward bends, activate legs, ground legs, forward folds
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