Today I’m reposting an old video that demonstrates one of the most fun transitions in yoga: Jumping from Down-Dog into Eka Pada Koundinyasana II. As I continue to rebuild my yoga practice, I am eager to play around with this again. This challenging transition was always one of my favorites, as it can be pretty exhilarating to fly through the air and land safely in an arm balance.
On its own, Eka Pada Koundinyasana II is already a difficult pose. There are a lot of other ways to get into the pose that do not involve your feet leaving the ground, and I certainly recommend mastering those before ever attempting this transition.
Below is the original post, from way back in 2006, in its entirety:
JUMPING FROM DOWN-DOG INTO EKA PADA KOUNDINYASA II
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.