When I first started practicing Ashtanga Yoga both the jump back and jump through that are hallmarks of the traditional Ashtanga vinyasa between postures were a complete mystery to me. No one could explain how to learn them.
Over the last 15 years of practice, though, I’ve developed a step-by-step method to practicing and teaching these foundational movements. Once you begin to feel steady progress in the jump backs and jump throughs, you will feel a dramatic shift in the level of strength and endurance throughout your entire practice. More than just a physical portion of the practice, the vinyasas between each posture represent a journey into spiritual fortitude that every Ashtanga Yoga practitioner must embark upon.
The good news: Jumping through is much easier than jumping back for new students to master! The first key to the action is breaking the movement down into small, digestible portions that make sense for your body and your mind. By understanding the technique and alignment required for each step, you will be increasing your awareness of the minute, subtle details of the physical and the inner body. It is this heightened sensitivity that will give you the courage to stay the course through this challenging movement.