Thursday, January 13, 2011
My student Jit, executing this fantastic salabhasana
This is Jit Ray, executing the fantastically high locust. He has just started yoga, a few months ago, and already doing a steady though short headstand, does the titali (leg-locked) headstand variation, walks in the wheel, lifts hands and legs in the wheel, does bhumisirsapadasparshasana (the earth touching head-toe pose) and a very strong crow and is moving into exciting variations of the crow/arm balancers. He is very flexible, and only has an issue with the halasana/plough. I used to think that it was an imagined issue (his wife Rima occasionally complains about her halasana and I thought he was responding with the usual empathy of a loving husband:) .. but when u see this execution of a marvellously high locust u know that yes, there might be a neck-muscle stiffness that comes from sheer strength. Sometimes a strong muscle can also be a very stiff muscle!! So here it is... then both strength and flexibility but a bit of a compromise in a certain pose... and now he is going to get through that too. And then, no stopping him:)
The fact that I can tell him to focus on the upper back muscles and chin and lift into the locust from there, and he can actually do that... U know he is in the yoga zone... that is a lucky student. And I, a lucky teacher, to have such a one....