I love the way Sun salutations flow from one asana to another, same with the Moon Salutes, although they require a little more balance. But over all –
it’s the flow.
I love the seemlessness, the grace, and the muscle control used in moving from one pose to another.
The tendency is to focus on the pose itself, but I think the movements between the asanas might be just as important.
I’ve been playing with transitions more in my practice. I tried to put in a video of my recent experiment, I hope you are able to see it, not because it’s super fantastic – it still needs improvement. But because it’s a work in progress.
Danni was able to get this embarrassing image of me falling down. (Thanks Danni!) A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to ditch the wall with my headstand. This did end as funny as it looks like it might have…
Next time I tried I asked for help!
Bill stood behind me and I tried my headstand again. But this time I also decided to switch my hands to the front to allow me a little better foundation. It ended up that he didn’t have to help, I was able to get my legs up and hold without a problem.
Lessons learned: 1- Having a spotter gives me confidence to try something new. 2- I’m not too old to learn new tricks.
The thought of using a headstand in a flow excited me! The only thing I could think of for transition was crow. Then the flow brought itself to life! Going from crow to the headstand was a leap of faith for me. Could I make it smoothly (the video doesn’t look that smooth- I actually did better in practice!)?
I went through the flow I wanted in my head over and over until I knew how I wanted it to go, then put it all on the mat!
Are transitions in life similar?
We all go through transitions- I have them sub-categorized:
Baby bear transitions; new hair cut, changes to my schedule, helping a friend in an emergency, etc.
Mama bear transitions; getting really sick, appliance or car conking out, child going to college or getting married, etc.
Papa bear transitions; loss of a loved one, relocation, loss of a job, ended marriage, etc.
Of course we all have to deal with transitioning because of any and all of these possibilities in our lifetime. I think some more than others though.
The movements between the holds- the little things in life, it takes courage, time, patience and fortitude to move from one hold to another.