Digital Asana Project

Digital Asana Project: Jumping to Bakasana

Here are two videos of jumping to Bakasana, otherwise known as Bakasana B.

This first video demonstrates an “easier” way of jumping into Bakasana from Down-Dog. It’s easier in the sense that you don’t have to take the hips as high and you don’t have to lower yourself down so slowly. Basically, you want to jump the knees right at the back of the arms, without floating the hips up high and without getting much hang time.

This second video demonstrates a more difficult and, I think, more graceful way of jumping into Bakasana from Down-Dog. Here, the initial movement is much higher, so the hips go up almost above the shoulders. Notice also the the lower down is much slower and more controlled than in the first video. This version of jumping to Bakasana takes a bit more arm and core strength, as well as balance; it’s essentially the last part of lowering down from Handstand into Bakasana.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified yoga instructor, and the ideas and opinions expressed here are not intended to be formal instruction on yoga poses. If you plan to start up a yoga practice, or if you have one and plan to do any of the yoga poses described in this blog, please seek out an experienced, living, breathing yoga teacher to guide you with hands-on instruction.

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3 thoughts on “Digital Asana Project: Jumping to Bakasana

  1. These are very encouraging (and neat!).

    How long did it take you to learn this jump? And to achieve the “float?”

    I don’t think my core strength is there yet… but again, it’s encouraging to see these, because it gives me something to look forward to!

    Keep sharing, and thanks.

  2. I’m glad you like the videos! Thanks for the kind words.

    You’re right that core strength is key in this jump. I can’t say how long the “float” took me to achieve. It just sort of came one day when I tried it. My suspicion is that several months of doing handstand and “gorilla jumps” helped to build the necessary muscles and control.

    One way to work the core for this purpose is to just jump up into a handstand whenever you’re near a wall — yeah, some people will stare at you, but they’re just jealous 😉 Then, instead of just leaning into the wall with your feet, you can practice tapping off the wall lightly to see what it’s like to balance freely. And make sure to extend up and out of the feet. This action engages the core and the back as well, exactly the muscles you need for all the floats, the slow jump throughs, and the graceful jump backs.

    Another good exercise is to get into plank on your forearms. After a few breaths, lift one leg at a time, and hold for 5-10 breaths on each side. Really lock/engage the core here and press actively through the heel of the leg that is on the floor. You’ll start to build up those core muscles in no time.

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