Here's that cray cray 😜 futuristic vinyasa again, this time into #durvasasana - one for the #goals list, followed by the real #vinyasa. This posture can be a real back breaker, both literally and metaphorically, and requires a lot of core strength to support the final position - unless you have incredibly open joints, then you can totally relax - but there's not too many people like this. You'll see that I wriggle a bit getting comfortable, and I'm in a sense giving a 'self-adjustment' in what would be described as an 'active-assisted adjustment' which is one of the best ways to increase your range of motion. Basically it's this, I reach my initial end range, then use my hands to press on my leg which lifts my chest, I then straighten my leg and use my glutes, spinal extensors and abdominal muscles to stabilise this new position, and release the hands. I'll repeat this one or two times and then my new end range is much higher than the initial starting position. This is one of the best techniques for advancing your practice, and whenever your teacher is adjusting you, you have the opportunity to either completely relax (which may be appropriate sometimes) or, as in this case, activate all the muscles, so that when they let go, you are able to maintain the position.
And that, my friends, is the end of the leg-behind-the-head series... phew 😅 it always feels like a relief to get to this point... and then the fun (and seriously hard work 😓) begins with the arm balancing series. 💪🏼