Aahhh... it's good to be back on track. Practice has been great the past couple of days, catching up on missed opportunities. Tuesday's practice was intense, with a very thorough standing sequence. Practiced lots of standing balancing poses, and worked in a few extra standing twists. After bringing everything to a climax in a crescent warrior- warrior III- half moon- revolved half moon- standing splits sequence, I settled into a nice long forward-folding pigeon to recenter and transition to the floor. So wonderful. After a couple of forward bends, navasanas and seated twists, I practiced a compass- astavakrasana- eka pada koundinyasana II flow, which I haven't done in a while. I've also been working on transitioning from bakasana to a tripod and back a couple of times. It's quickly helping me develop better control in my core and shoulders. My arm balances are getting really nice and easy as of late. I've been enjoying the freedom this boost of strength has given me by playing a lot in the air.
Last night I transitioned to flying pigeon after a standing garudasana sequence, and it was an entirely different experience from the last time, as I recall. Much less taxing, much better lift in the bandhas. Stayed for five steady breaths, and came through a vinyasa with ease. Jump throughs were right on last night. I floated straight through every time. That doesn't happen often.
Handstand practice was delightful, as well. I've been practicing kicking up with both legs at the same time, first tucking the knees while jumping onto the hands, then straightening both legs together-- I believe it may be called the 'donkey kick' method. I'm not sure if this is the preferred approach, but it seems to work better for me. It feels slower, cleaner, and more controlled without the asymmetrical swinging motion of the one-legged approach. It also seems as though the bandhas can be used more effectively this way, since the donkey kick motion requires so much lift. Any thoughts? Is one way better than the other?