The other day I decided to take on a challenge that I've been meaning to do one day for the last 13 years! In 2004, when I was learning the arm balance section of the Advanced A Series of Ashtanga Yoga (Pattabhi Jois method), Manju Jois said to me, "We used to do them all from handstand." I was like, "😱". The other day I finally got around to trying it - although I left out 3 variations. This video is sped up around 3.5 times - so that was about 3.5 minutes on my hands, and I had to edit all the transitions floating down to chaturanga, up dog/down dog and jumping to handstand again - with that it was around 6 minutes - six very full on minutes!! I couldn't really keep the postures 'clean' with good alignment coz I needed every ounce of strength to make the transitions up and down. I did fall out a few times (which I've edited here). Anyway, it was fun, but it's probably not something I'll do again in a hurry 😳. Incidentally I did this before Gandha Bherundasana - the video from a few days ago - just in case you're wondering if doing handstands tightens your backbends.
If anyone decides to give this challenge a go tag me and let me know how you go! 🙏