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10 min

Jump Through Prep

Ashtanga | By Jodi Blumstein on Nov 23 2011
Jodi teaches a method for moving from downward dog to a sitting position while maintaining breath, bandhas and drishti. This method is very helpful for building a strong jump through.


Jodi teaches a method for moving from downward dog to a sitting position while maintaining breath, bandhas and drishti. This method is very helpful for building a strong jump through.


  • Bec Gee     Sep 7th, 2014
    Great ideas, thank you!
  • Jackie Slade     Jan 4th, 2014
    Massive help thank you so much. I've been so close to being able to do this for so many years and now I can really see how I can finally get there! Thank you for all your great classes and tutorials!
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 10th, 2014
      Jackie - I am so happy this is helpful for you. You WILL get there!!!!!

      Peace and Happy New Year!

      Jodi B
  • maria g     Oct 2nd, 2013
    Wow! Thank you Jodi. I've been practicing Ashtanga for the better part of 4 years consistently. I find that handstands, urdhva danurasana full hanu etc. to be rather effortless. However, when attemmpting to jump forward (from AMS to Uttanasana) and/ or especially when attempting to jump through (from AMS to dandasana) practically impossible. Your 3 part bit and two part bit have already (followed along with you in tutorial) proven effective. After all this time I've realized that I've not been engaging my bandhas as completely as I thought. I felt that when I placed my hands back as instructed in the 3 part jump through the engagement of bandhas was more obvious. I'm going to keep practicing (naturally :). Do you have a tutorial on floating forward from AMS to Uttanasana? I'm very happy to have found you! Maria
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 10th, 2014
      hey Maria! I am so glad this was helpful - and thank you for the idea on the tutorial. I am going to work on that one!!


      Jodi B
  • Henriette      Jun 6th, 2013
    I made it to the 2 part jump through! I just noticed my post from a year ago where I then started using your 3 part jump through. I practice quite regularly 5 days a week 1 1/2 primary series with you. Some weeks I have a day or 2 where I practice an hour only or another type of yoga with a friend in a studio. So, for me, it has taken a year to progress into the 2 part. I jumped through a couple days ago without realizing I'd done it. I heard you say "Keep your hands flat." That was the key for me. Thank you!!
    • Henriette      Jun 6th, 2013
      Keeping my hands flat, and most importantly, a year of practicing regularly which strengthened my bandhas.
      • Jodi Blumstein     Jun 6th, 2013
        I am so excited for you! I hope to see you soon my dear, NICE WORK!! I love it when persistence and patience pay off!
  • Restuning S     May 17th, 2013
    This is wonderful, Jodi. You are a great teacher, giving very clear instructions. I am struggling, but it's nice to hear that efforts count! Thank you. :)
  • Rafael Kr     May 4th, 2013
    Thanks for your teachings and clarity. Thanks for your sincerity: 12 years for complete jump throug. I have future!
  • Sally Love     Mar 7th, 2013
    Breakthrough!!! Thank you :-D
  • Gwendoline Ngozi Odeluga      Jan 18th, 2013
  • Julie Nicolo     Aug 31st, 2012
    Thank you very much for this tutorial. Could you please help us with the jumps back, that are so important in the practice, because in each vinyasa... Thank you
    • Jodi Blumstein     Mar 8th, 2013
      Hi Julie - we are working on a jump back tutorial very soon - Thank you for the suggestion!!
  • Yogui Roots     Aug 20th, 2012
    years of practice and i really cant do those jumps back or forward :( its hard..its like a struggle between mi arms abs and hips ..dont know ho is in charged :( or how to organice the movements..thank you anyway
  • Henriette      May 19th, 2012
    I always feel like my torso is too long and my arms too short to jump through properly. I can't wait to try the 3 part technique. I hope this helps resolve my issues and get me over the hurdle.
  • Chak Lam     Mar 9th, 2012
    Thank you for your detailed explanation, Jodi. This is something I do not get in a regular class. You made the impossible possible. I really LOVE the tutorials here. Keep them coming.
  • Molly Molly     Mar 9th, 2012
    Thank you Jodi. I really enjoy your teaching. I have a question, would a too long downward facing dog present too much of a challenge in doing a solid jump through? (In other words, would narrowing the 'dog' help?) Thanks so much. Namaste. :)
  • Karen U     Jan 25th, 2012
    Very nice, very clear explanation. Thank you.
  • Julie Schmit     Dec 26th, 2011
    Finally! Somebody with my body type (short, curvy, female) demonstrating and TEACHING this technique! Been an Ashtangi for 25 years and this was a first! Thank you Jodi!
  • Kate Gerry     Dec 7th, 2011
    You're an awesome instructor, thanks for breaking it down
  • Melanie Ankers     Nov 26th, 2011
    Great tutorial Jodie, thanks! A breakdown into how to transition from seated, back to chaturanga would be very helpful too if you can. xo
  • Helene shafer     Nov 25th, 2011
    thank you! A VERY helpful tutorial! I will keep working on this.
  • leonora zotti     Nov 24th, 2011
    Dear Jodi, thank you, thank you, thank you so much... you just made the impossible happen for me !
  • cristina de marchis     Nov 24th, 2011
    Thanks for your professionality: you've explain in an easy way how to jump through that is really important practicing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Would you mind, when you can spend your time, teach us how to lift from Utthanasana,or from Utkatasana, or from navasana to Adho Mukha Vrksasana? It's so difficult! :)
    thanks again for your precious time.
  • Lisa Hagen     Nov 23rd, 2011
    Your instructions are helpful--crossing the feet worked for me. Thank you Jodi!
  • Annie Braithwaite     Nov 23rd, 2011
    great instruction! love to incorporate it into the practice! Thank you!