I’ll never forget the first time someone “float through” from downward dog to seated. It was 2009 and I was practicing in a tiny, stuffy room full of Ashtangis in Eugene, Oregon.
Even the lime green walls were sweating in that place. But hey, it was winter and as gross and suffocating as humidity can feel, it no doubt helps us be more flexible!
Back then my jump throughs would be best described as “crash landings”. But I saw other people stuffed in the tiny room do the elusive “float through” cue.
I remember the first time I saw someone jump through. This woman next to me went from downward dog, jumped forward into a piked handstand, paused in mid-air, and landed with legs extended, arms pressed. Then… THEN, she bent her arms and lowered her butt down on her mat. I seriously thought of asking her: “Do you have hydraulics for shoulders?” I was in awe and disbelief.
I remember my next thought was: “I’ll probably never do that. My arms aren’t long enough.” And a whole slew of other excuses. I went on practicing and accepted my newly formed limitation. “I’ll never jump through.”
My teacher is big on “letting go of outdated impressions of limited capacity”. That’s a daily practice that requires me to catch our own thinking and ask: “Is that true?”
Fast forward to 2020, practicing in a much bigger space with a reasonable amount of October heat in Memphis, with Shanna Small streamed into our room virtually (because #pandemicyoga y’all).
I took a week off of work and practice to hike and explore the Chattanooga area. I came back feeling rested. When Shanna cued us to jump through, I launched forward shoulder pressed, hips high, and I ACTUALLY DID IT. I jumped through! Did I get hydraulic shoulders on vacation?!
I wasn’t even trying to jump through and it happened! So how did it happen?
Was it taking time off?
Being unattached to results?
Trusting the process?
Being cued from another teacher?
My prize for handing over my time slot to someone else to be a student?
Just my freaking time already after 11 years of practice?
Maybe all of the above.
Anyway, all of this to say: if you struggle with jump throughs, I GET YOU. I still do too. You can see my perfectly imperfect GIF jump through on Instagram (I blame the early morning and being cold – do you see my pattern of blaming practice outcomes on the weather?)
But I have also learned quite a few tips and tricks for how to jump through. Hint: one of the methods involves socks. Another involves accepting a lifetime of crash landings. Beyond those two realities, there are other ways to jump back and through to vinyasa.
Jump Through Tutorials with Online Yoga Membership
I’ve been reviewing these tips in my Thursday class and I made a video for the Online Yoga Membership site too. It’s a 13-minute jump through tutorial and I hope it helps you eliminate the “I’ll never voice” in your head and find some building block fundamentals that will help you take flight!
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Looking forward to helping you find your moment of lift with jump through tutorials in class soon!