ASHTANGA YOGA: JUMP BACK
Jumping back to chaturanga from a forward bend is a pretty simple movement, but many students make a loud “thump” or really push too hard in the process. The movement consists of 3 main parts.
1. Get your hands all the way flat on the floor.
2. Move your chest forward over your wrists
3. Lift your hips into the air and slide your feet backwards
NOT A HANDSTAND
The feeling as your jump backwards is not at all like a handstand. Students sometimes think they need to be very strong in their upper body to do a soft jump back, but this is not at all true. The movement is simple: transfer the weight from the balls of the feet to the palms of the hands and then allow the legs to move underneath you.
Jumping forward is the same movement, just in reverse. When done properly, your chest and chin will move forward and it can feel a little scary (as though you are going to fall forward). This is the correct feeling. We want to move our weight away from our feet where it lives naturally and into our hands, a new feeling for most of us.
Also, remember that this is not a handstand either. That is a different pose all together To jump forward takes just a little bit of energy.
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