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7/20/13 6:39 P

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In a Sun Salutation, when jumping feet to hands from Downward Dog, this quick action used to be a thumping jump for me. I'm not quite floating, yet, but that is my goal. The thumps have gone! I aim for soundlessness. My movement has become more controlled and slower.

Shooting back from Bakasana to Chaturanga Dandasana, I don't really see what the others in my class are doing because my gaze is to my mat, but I hear a very, very fast shooting back. Someday...

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7/20/13 11:38 A

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Most jump backs, etc. start off as quick hops, as you gain experience and strength, they become controlled. I know a fellow yogi who through strength and practice can raise into hand stand and come down in a slow controlled fashion.

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7/20/13 10:22 A

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emoticon hope you work out the chaturanga move...is it supposed to be slow and controlled, or a quick hop back?

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7/17/13 12:08 P

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Just gave it a quick try. Start by shooting one leg back at a time. It seems to work.

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7/17/13 11:46 A

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Bakasana is now an enjoyable part of my practice. Today I think I held it for about 20 breaths. In class we are often instructed to shoot back from Bakasana to Chaturanga Dandasana. I just laugh. I imagine it must require a lot of core activation. Does anyone have any advice?

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4/6/13 12:40 P

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Awesome, Petalia! Shows what commitment to your practice can do for you! I may have to try this myself... emoticon

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4/6/13 12:28 P

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Bakasana held for 13 breaths, 2x! One time for 14 breaths!! Yipee!

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3/27/13 10:59 P

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I love doing crow.... but I don't think I could get past five breaths.... I wish you could have seen my 7 and 8 year olds doing it today in class. They were marvelous.... partially because they are still fearless.

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3/27/13 4:23 P

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I've been practicing Bakasana/Crow like crazy this month - to the point of bruising the inside of my right knee. I'm at 5-8 breaths! I'm feeling it at last. Now if I can only make it to 10 deep, slow, and calm breaths...

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2/25/13 6:39 P

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Sounds good, keep your gaze just ahead of your hands on the floor.

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2/25/13 6:12 P

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Yes, I do lift one foot up at a time. I perch on a block so I already have some height. I get onto tippy-toes. I shove my knees into my armpits. I look forward. I shift my weight to my hands, lift one foot off the block, then the other and have the two feet touch each other side by side. I take a breath, and....fall out of it. Then I try again.

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2/25/13 5:52 P

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The time will come... 1 1/2 breaths is the beginning of finding the sweet spot. Do you lift up one foot at a time?

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2/25/13 5:51 P

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BRAVO!!!! it is just the beginning!!!

What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore

Our choices define us. E. Kant

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2/25/13 4:41 P

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Bakasana for 1 1/2 breaths! It's getting better. I'd like to reach 5 breaths sometime. (Soon?)

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2/23/13 11:26 P

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PETALIA finding the tilting point is essential in this arm balance pose, as well as perseverance. You'll get there on time! Congratulations in re-gaining your height!!!! emoticon emoticon

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2/23/13 7:06 P

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I am in a similar process, however, I needed to open up my chest to do back bends... cannot do wheel yet. However, kneeling dog is slowly but surely progressing. I know that yoga makes me feel differently and carry myself differently which then affects my yoga, etc. I love what a consistent practice is doing for me. Next week I begin week 4 of 5 day a week 6:30 am practice.

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2/23/13 5:28 P

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What wonderful progress you've made! I think balances require core strength along with the arm strength, maybe that is the missing link? Keep at it, I'm sure you'll get there, you are so determined!

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2/23/13 12:00 P

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Back in late June, I started a thread called, "Lengthening the spine is for real!" www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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After 9 months of consistent yoga practice, I regained the several centimeters of height which I had lost during 10 years of health difficulties. Now, 8 months later, my yoga practice has continued consistently. These last couple of weeks I've been feeling even taller! I believe I overcame crummy posture from feeling crummy and it's resulting compression in the spine. Now, my chest has opened big time. Now, I'm thinking maybe there is even some space between my vertebrae. This is not at all scientific. I do feel like I am almost floating. Anyone else have a similar experience?

On another yet related note, I'm struggling with arm balances. Me and my arms are plenty strong. For months I've been searching for that 'sweet spot', that point of balance, in Bakasana/Crow, for example. Firefly is more doable but mine is not at all graceful. I feel that I'm overcoming gravity with this work, too. I feel that my world will just explode wide open if I can only .... Anyone else?

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