50 Fitness challenges to shake up your fitness journey.
How many can you do?
No.2 The Yoga Jump Through
For those who don’t do yoga this one will be a mystery. For those who do practice some yoga this one is a massive challenge (that is me). For those who have mastered yoga, congratulations this may be easy for you now, but I am sure it was a journey to get to this point.
Yoga requires disciplined practice, those who get to a level of mastery are incredible athletes and usually have acquired mental fortitude along the way. The jump through requires the yogi to transfer their body from downward dog position to seated position without the hands leaving the ground and feet not touching the ground.
The weight to taken on the hands as you ‘jump through your arms’. You need to move into a tucked handstand position before crossing your legs and transferring the torso and legs through the arms.
It takes upper body strength, core control, flexibility and technique to achieve this move. It is not an easily acquired skill. The best yogis preform this with slow movement, showing ultimate body control.
My Experience – for me the main problem is that my flexibility, strength and control all suck. I also feel I can’t fit through that gap between my arms and my handstand technique isn’t solid enough. In short, I can’t do this yet. Yoga is not a strength of mine but no matter what your level it is hugely beneficial for body and mind. Try a yoga class and maybe you can see how difficult this technique and many yoga moves can be.
Fun Fact – Tao Porchon-Lynch is an incredible woman, not enough space here to write all her achievements (well there is but just go to her Wikipedia its easier for everyone – linked below). She is widely recognized as the oldest yoga teacher in the world at 101 years of age. She has a wonderful quote ‘I wake up in the morning and I know it is going to be the best day of my life.’
Elite Challenge – Jump through with full handstand and straight legs throughout
Alternate Test – Complete a full yoga class
Fit Fifty Challenge – Preform a complete jump through