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Oct 7, 2016
Yoga Makaranda II
Sirsasana (head stand - king of asanas)
Sirsasana (head stand)
Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
Yoga Makaranda Series
T. Krishnamacharya Blogs
Reader Comments:Jessie Villabona Severino
(Oct 9, 2016) I limit my Sirsasana to 5 mins. Physiologically, it takes 2.5 mins for blood circulation to get a full cycle. 5 mins is 2 cycles. You can do some variations, eka pada, parsva etc once you become comfortable at 5 mins. At Iyengar yoga, we do Sarvangasana after Sirsasana to cool down since Sirsasana is a heating pose. The Kumbhaka duration (24 breaths in 12 minutes including breath holds) is unusually long for khumbaka. I think better to start progressively 1:2, 2:4 until it becomes more comfortable to do longer holds.
(Oct 9, 2016) I have always wondered what the king of asanas is haha. Thanks. The breathing itself is difficult and do the pose for 12 minutes? I don't think I've even held a headstand for more than a minute haha but I will try and know my limit. I tried but 1 breath pa lang with 10-sec bahya, wala na ...a looot more practice pa :)
(Oct 9, 2016) I tried the prescribed Sirsasana (24 breaths in 12 minutes including breath holds), but I can't do it. The long, thin breath is already a breath-hold and with kumbhaka on both ends of the breath, it's really challenging. Why 5 secs on Antara and why 10 secs on the Bahya Kumbhaka? That was not specified. But the book suggests to start slow and build it up to that ideal length. I just push it to my edge to know at point I begin.
(Oct 9, 2016) I love these 2! Back to back! In training, we were told to follow w/ fish pose...but I hear this seated forward fold is better. What do u say? Yeah...it all depends on how I feel and what I need. The body is smart.
"In training, we were told to follow w/ fish pose...but I hear this seated forward fold is better. What do u say?" -- Dulce
(Oct 9, 2016) In Ashtanga (also by Krishnamacharya), the counter pose for Sarvangasana is Fish Pose. My observation after doing a few experimentation - when doing a counter-pose immediately after a Sarvangasana, it feels best to do a Purvottanasana to neutralize the neck followed by a sitting asana to neutralize the internal organs. However, if doing a Karnapidasana after Sarvangasa (the way it's done in Ashtanga), it's best to do a Fish to neutralize the back first, followed by a sitting asana for the organs. My 2 cents. :)
Bernadette Wan Pacana
(Oct 9, 2016) Savasana will always be my top pick!
(Oct 9, 2016) Thanks for sharing.. It's so useful..
Pranawayu Yoga Teacher at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram, Bali
(Oct 9, 2016) Surya namaskara is allso good before head and shoulderstand. But do shoulderstand first then headstan
Joanna Co Lizares
(Oct 9, 2016) ah nice take on the kumbhakas.
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