Most possibly the only legit yoga asana out there
Thought that might get your attention.
This is Shadow Yoga. The reason why i say it is probably the only legit yoga asana out there is because it is based in actual real yoga not some flow stuff or something random that someone has made up. But in reality it is still just more of the market of sales of yoga as it is singularly focused in asana, just like everything else in the modern yoga world. The thing about it is that it works with prana where as all that other nonsense, even Iyengar and PJ’s Ashtanga does not.
It is based in correct prana or energy flow during the asanas, in understanding prana and its subdivisions. It is based upon correct biomechanics where as most forms of what we are calling yoga (is just asana) is based in Western exercise and Western biomechanics which is linear and not actually correct. Biomechanics and prana flow in the same way. They are actually nonexclusive of each other. They are the same thing. if we treat our bodies linear, prana does not function properly. It is also very much connected to breath. Breath and movement of energy are intimately connected and highly misunderstood if even taught in Western yoga, it is not as simple as breathe in, breathe out. This yoga asana would be comparable to chi gung or tai chi. Since i have studied little of Shadow yoga years ago and met Shandor, I can also say that nuances of what is found in the hatha yoga texts are found in Shadow Yoga, from correct understanding of bandhas (mostly) to the basic principles of it all. Not only all of that but it is simply graceful and beautiful to even watch. (In truth, it doesn’t go much further than that though and there is so much more)
Since biomechanics is my absolute forte of all the stuff i do, i can say that her biomechanics in this video are pretty flawless even to my eye, I could nit pick but this is by far the best form i have personally seen from anything in the modern yoga world. From the mechanics used in her ankles and pelvis (see how there is no three or four corners of the feet and lifting the toes or three middle toes, cause that ain’t correct at all. The foot doesn’t actually function like that, the ankle is locked when you do that) to proper weight distribution through the foot and toes. There is also proper positioning of joint in the connectedness of how all the joints work together rather than compartmentalized like in Western mechanics. Although this looks pretty advanced, because of its proper functioning of the joints and proper use and understanding of prana, the tissues would unwind in no time.
The body is a dynamic system and every joint moves in dynamic spiral actions, never linear. Even the elbow joint is called a hinge joint in western anatomy terms but yet when we step out of that paradigm we see that as the joint closes and opens the three bones that make up the joint actually simultaneously move with spiral motion to create space for the joint to function properly. Western biomechanics knows nothing of this, yes really. Not only this but western anatomy still believes that a muscle contracts from insertion to origin, look it up in anatomy and joint physiology books. This is far from truth of reality of the body and how it works. Pilates has even shown this to not be true. When a muscle is lengthened in its space and stabilized by the other muscles that work in symmetry with it, many more muscle fibers contract. Compared to the western idea that a contraction is a contraction is a contraction, leaving muscle fiber bunched, adhered and bulky where very few muscle fibers will contract in comparison. A muscle can also contract at certain parts or certain areas of the muscle, obvious if anyone understands leverage and physics. If you look at the pectoralis major or psoas major, their fibers run like a japanese hand fan. Medial fibers contract at a different angle than the lateral fibers based upon the anatomical part moving. Within this realm of a completely different way of looking at things is where Shadow Yoga seems to exists. An example of “wrong” understanding of this in Western yoga is when in Pigeon pose the “hip fan” of the gluteus muscles is always stretch in the same route or channel when the same cues are given of having the foot in the front in the singular position ‘All The Time’, only a certain line of that “fan’ is ever moved into most of the time leaving the pelvis anteriorly rotated because of this. Yoga did not come from the west, it is not based upon what we know which is linear mechanics and linear material laws, it is based upon its paradigm which doesn’t match a western way of looking at the body in pretty much any way. As example, I just spoke to a Western doctor the other day and they were bashing chi and prana and saying that there is no scientific evidence that they exist. This is the world of Western knowledge.