Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga in Royal Oak MI discussing details of Chaturanga Dandasana.
That so many people do not follow the steps mentioned in this video, is why I have little hair left on the top of my head, as it has been pulled out! :)
Specifically, the modification of dropping the knees until one develops the strength to move through this transition smoothly. I suspect it's a pride thing. They don't want to appear weak by using the knees to do a push up. Although this is rarely, if ever admitted.
Not to get lost down the rabbit hole of psychoanalysis, I'll just stay on point with the details mentioned in this video. If you come to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, like many do, being a little upper body strength challenged, be patient, be humble, be playful. If you practice consistently, there will be improvement sooner than you might think.
But please don't let fear of looking foolish (pride), keep you from practicing! As I watch my parents get older, I am constantly reminded of the value of maintaining the skill of being able to pick one's self up off the floor, and what happens if you let it go.
Get to class. Surround yourself with others who are working on what it is that you want to achieve, as well as inspirational role models, who are where you want to be.
Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga demonstrating transitioning to and from Bhujapidasana.
The video above is a demonstration of a polished entrance and exit from Bhujapidasana resulting from many years of Ashtanga practice.
Here is an example of stepping into Bhujapidasana.
Both transitions still take time to develop in which the hardest part is consistently showing up week after week.
See you in class!
Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga demonstrating and discussing some details of Crane Pose / Bakasana.
In this video I demonstrate and discuss setting up Crane Pose / Bakasana from a squat position which is the flexibility component of the posture...being able to make the body compact/tucking the legs in close to the ribs. After that, it's strength and concentration with a bit of courage/confidence.
This video may make it seem too simple, but keep in mind that many hours of practicing/polishing basic movements and postures come before being able to lift into Crane. The saying, "The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried." is true. Find an accomplished teacher that has been where it is you want to go, keep showing up and wholeheartedly practice your basics, fall down seven times and get up eight.
Set your goals, but remember, it is the journey of daily practice that brings the most fruit, not so much the destination. What it takes/makes of you to get there.
To read a previous post regarding Crane Pose click here.
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Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga demonstrating a combination of yoga postures and transitions frequently practiced in class at DY.
In this video I demonstrate Bridge Pose, Paschimottanasana, and Knees to Ears Pose, a combination or sequence of postures that are often linked together in class. In Vinyasa (breathing and moving) practice, every movement to and from each posture has an inhale or exhale associated with it as well as keeping the deep rhythm of breathing whilst in the postures themselves.
The entire practice is a breathing exercise with movement matched to it, which demands deliberate action and concentration, building a strong mind body connection and over time revealing and settling the many fluctuations of the mind.
I won't even mention how many hours it may take to scratch the surface of this depth of practice, just that it is well worth the investment of time.
To read a previous post discussing Paschimottanasana click here.
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Detroit Yoga students demonstrating entering Tree Pose / Vrksasana from Warrior I / Virabhadrasana.
One of my favourite postures. Tree Pose / Vrksasana. Simple but not easy. Stand on one foot, keep taking deep breaths and pay attention so that you don't fall over. And if you do? Let it go and start over. Better next time.
To read a previous post discussing Tree Pose / Vrksasana click here.
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Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga demonstrating entering and exiting Head Stand / Sirsasana.
Here is a demonstration of lifting the legs to and from Head Stand / Sirsasana. Starting to work on headstand requires having developed the strength in the arms and shoulders to support the body and this lifting and lowering of the legs requires descent core strength. One does not just jump into headstand...it takes time to develop. Be patient.
To read a previous blog post discussing developing Head Stand / Sirsasana click here.
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Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga demonstrating transitioning to and from Boat Pose / Navasana
This video is a demonstration of what Boat Pose / Navasana will look like after after a few (or more) years of consistent deliberate practice.
Jacks of all trades master nothing. Stick with it. Things don't change by leaps and bounds. It's little by little, week by week and month after month of consistently practicing to be a little bit better than you were yesterday. Then 12 or 24 months later you see that you've done something that the former you thought was impossible.
To read a previous blog post discussing developing Boat Pose click here.
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Jason Schramm of Detroit Yoga and Students demonstrating parts of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice.