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YOU CAN BALANCE IN PINCHA MAYURASANA (beginner-intermediate)
Fear plays a role in balancing, and avoiding putting yourself in the situations that test your skill in balancing will hinder your progress in Pincha. BY COURTING IMBALANCE, YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE.
And one way of motivating yourself to work on balancing postures that cause you to fear is to become brave enough to learn how to fall out of your position. But you want to fall with a plan that gives you at least partial control over the way you exit the position.
This video clip (@asanakitchen on IG) provides two examples of falling out of Pincha.
Example 1: Kicking up and not making it all the way up into position.
Even though this fall generally only gets a low rating on the asana exit fear O meter, you want to make your exit smooth and controlled, be careful not to allow your legs to flail unnecessarily or your hips to drop. *In fact economize each unsuccessful try so that you do your best to retain the set up position that you began with.
Example 2: Kicking up and going beyond vertical into a fall.
This fall generally gets a much higher rating on the asana exit fear O meter. People dread the thought of kicking up and dropping over into what amounts a forearm back bend. But if you can break through this fear and gain the skill of falling your progress will accelerate.
One key is to partially control your fall, and having someone standing there as a helper and/or spotter can make all the difference, it won’t take long until you gain the confidence to fall without a buddy standing by. And then to build your skill you want to have a clear picture of exactly what your fall will look like.
The last 5 seconds of video is inspiring Flo!—who has been diligently chipping away at the fear and has now nailed the balance-THE IMMOVEABLE SPOT IS AT HAND!
The complete video is part of my Ashtanga Yoga Second Series that is now available at VIMEO ONDEMAND #16013
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