Here I show the transition between forward bend, handstand prep, and backbend that we are practicing in our current sequence.
Watch the video first then I highlight some key points. In the video I do a lot of wriggling around. It took me several takes to complete this video. I have several rotated vertebrae along my spine which makes arm balances difficult as I tend to lean into one shoulder and it is not comfortable. A part of my wriggling is me squirming around trying to get length wherever I sense a sense of 'dis-ease'.
Bend knees and push them forward. Push hips down and forward. Push shoulder blades forward and up.
Continue to come down by bending knees and pressing hips down and forward. Who cares about straight legs? It is not important here.
Hands to the ground, knees can be bent.
If possible and comfortable then...
..straighten the legs.
One hand forward, other hand pressing into back of calf. Toe tip back (same side as the hand that is forward). Press the armpits in the direction they are facing (firm them). Lean forward so the forward leg toes start to grip. Press the sitting bone of the forward leg down and forward towards the front toes. Knee can stay bent.
Keeping previous actions, bring knee to chest.
Keeping previous actions, take knee towards the sky. Be mindful not to let the sitting bones go up. I keep an effort in pressing them down and forward. Even though my knee is going up to the sky I still feel as though I am making an effort to bring it towards my chest.
Straighten the raised leg. The raised leg thigh turns in. The grounded leg thigh is rolling out.
Bring both hands to ground in front. Firm the armpits. Keep lower ribs lifted into middle back.
Lean forward so hands come flat on the ground. Bring knee towards chest. You can keep more weight on grounded foot if needed and stay here.
Or, keep leaning forward so more weight comes to the finger tips and the back heel raises. Keep drawing knee to chest. Look forward. Try to bring the grounded leg knee towards your chest. It probably won't go anywhere but get the feeling. Stay here. It is pretty intense. Or...
Maybe there is a handstand. Maybe not. It is all good.
Back down. Knees bent.
Press hips forward to stand. Armpits forward.
Keep pressing knees and hips forward. Armpits forward and up as you raise the body.
Arms straighten as you continue to press armpits forward and up.
Begin to lengthen the front of the body without squashing the back.
Keep lifting and lengthening the spine, hips moving forward. Find your position. It may not be the same as mine.
We have been practicing this for the past 8 weeks. It is pretty intense. Next week we will work on it as part of our silent practice. Until then, happy and safe practicing. Do not do anything that hurts. Ask questions as needed!