In this video, I demonstrate jumping into Eka Pada Koundinyasana II from Down-Dog. This transition is similar to the other ones posted last week in that it requires a great deal of control when “landing” the pose. The control comes from both arm stength and so-called core strength.
In my demonstration, I start by doing a prep pose where I bring the right knee forward and rest it briefly on the back of the right upper arm. The purpose of this prep pose is to get the feel for moving the right leg high and onto the arm. It is also meant as practice for getting the proper positioning of the arms for Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, which is roughly the same position as Chaturanga arms. Lastly, the prep pose is supposed to mimic the controlled resistance that the arms, core, and shoulders will need to exert in order to slowly land the jump from Down-Dog to Eka Pada Koundinyasana II successfully and safely.
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.