Although this posture is in the Ashtanga Advanced A series I think it is reasonably doable if you have the hamstring length, strength, balance, focus, determination, and natural ability that is required 🙂 Joking apart I think it’s worth having a shot at as the flexibility constraints are really limited to hamstrings and thoracic rotation.
I remember seeing this image and thinking it looked like Mark was floating. And then I thought about how hard it is to do Mayurasana let alone to balance on one arm like that. So of course when I caught up with Mark in Goa recently I just had to find out how to do it. Knowing is one thing and doing is quite another. Good luck with this one 🙂
It’s great fun to interview Mark Robberds because he is so chilled and as much as surfer dude as he is an Ashtangi. We get to talk about his twin passions and how he works on his strength, lessons he has learnt himself from other teachers as well as techniques he incorporates into his practice. I even managed to get him to demo stuff right there in the interview, not fair I know but hey he is still young and virile.
Following on from the recent post on Jumping into Bakasana Mark Robberds completes the circle with this clip on jumping back out of Bakasana. When you first start trying to do this it can seem like your legs are glued to your arms probably encased in lead boots, but a bit of giggery pokery with your center of balance can make all the difference. I think Mark’s tips will get you quickly on your way.