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How to practice tittibhasanaPlace a crash pad, I mean a blanket, behind you (just in case). Starting from malasana (squat), place your hands on the mat in front of your feet and lift the sit bones, folding over with bent knees. Walk your hand back behind your feet fingers pointing forward.
Like all arm balance poses, spread the fingers wide and pull the thumb back in a little, gripping the mat feeling the fingers evenly engaged. Squeeze the thighs into the triceps. Slowly release your weight onto the hands, and then extend through the feet and legs. Once there, lift belly into the spine; the sit bones lift parallel to floor; gaze goes up and arms straighten out. Gazing down always pulls energy down; look up. Start with one breath and build to five smooth ujjayi breaths. Release the way you went in – feet to floor – and pause in malasana. Or, if you fall back, it’s not far: it might be fun and it’s how we learn to pick ourselves up again. Congratulations, you can now join the circus!
My practice started 28 years ago through dance, giving me a respect and appreciation for the necessity of flexibility. Shortly thereafter I was introduced to Transcendental Meditation, and yet another journey began with a Zen Master. It was inevitable that I would gravitate to hatha yoga. After years of focusing on spiritual growth, it was exciting to expand the physical again in conjunction with it.
Studying with Carlos Castaneda was a huge influence on me. Tensegrity was the main practice, opening up the lines of energy in the body i.e.: the ligaments, fascia, tendons and meridians, as well as delving into the dreaming body to transcend the physical world. Dreaming is another world, and in the end balance is what it’s all about.