I am constantly surprised by the abilities of the body.
I was reading (OvO)’s post and she mentioned jumping into headstand… I never realized you had to jump into headstand. That brings a whole ‘nother level of acrobatics into Third Series (Advanced A), which is already insanely acrobatic.
This morning I was goofing around on the floor of Tay’s office while he worked. “Did you know that in Third Series there are poses where you have to jump into headstand from down dog?” I asked. I’m constantly asking him or telling him things about the practice that he doesn’t necessarily care about. It’s more to amuse myself, really.
“Yes, I did know that,” he answered, distracted by his work.
“Whatever. You did not. But can you imagine? Jumping into headstand. That’s just nuts.” As I said this, I was playing around with shifting the weight into my shoulders as I hopped forward from down dog.
“You could do it. You’re almost there. Just let your head come down,” Tay said.
“Whatever. I can’t do it. There’s no way. I mean, I can get my head down, but then I have to balance. See, look.” I kept jumping my weight into my shoulders, bringing my head down, and then my legs would just collapse in front of me.
“Lift your hips up over your hands.”
And then, voila. I jumped from down dog to headstand. “OH! I did it! Hmm. That’s not as hard as I thought it would be.”
So in the unlikely event that I ever make it to third series, at least I know that I can jump into a headstand.