Bunny hops are great!
A student asked me the other day why do we do bunny hops? I prefer them over using one leg to swing up. I found in my own body that swinging up on one leg (though I change sides) for many years has caused an imbalance on the left side of my back. The hips are not as stable. They move to a crooked position. I prefer the challenge of the balanced jump from 2 legs. It takes lower back and ab strength to nail it.
I also find jumping into handstands turns my mood around. They can be up lifting.
Use your yoga matte! It can be your best friend. Get on your yoga matte and at least do one asana per day in between classes to make you feel good.
Over the decades I have seen beginners of yoga to advanced practitioners impact their lower backs and hang off the deltoids without any structural integrity while on their yoga mattes while performing chaturanga dandasana and urdhva mukha svanasana while practicing Vinyasa. Just like the repetitive motion of swinging the racket in tennis can cause tennis elbow, any repetitive movement in yoga can cause pain, suffering and injury.
Putting the hands up on blocks seem to give the practitioner more space to move within. I also like the way movement on the blocks develops observation and awareness of the self.
Yoga props are wonderful for vinyasa, astanga or any form of yoga for that matter!
What do you think? Please leave your questions and comments below.
We train on blocks a lot in class. If you are interested in learning this method, send a pm.