So I've been thinking about Pasasana. (Haha. And then? What else would I have been doing?)
Just based on people's comments and what I've observed in the physical shala (as opposed to the cyber shala)... It seems like this is a pose that people need a bit of assistance in (me included, OF COURSE!)
Is this a case of an "over-assisted" pose? ...Kinda sorta almost like Uttitha Hasta Pandangusthasana... y'know... sometimes you just need to be left alone to figure out how to work the pose on your own but all too often you get an assist with it, then come to rely on the assistance and then it takes you longer to "get" it on your own. To be honest, my UHP became WAAAAAY improved during Sharath's workshop coz for 2 weeks I had zero assistance with it and had to work on it on my own.
So then... how would one determine when you "get" Pasasana to a satisfactory level before you're moved on? I mean, of course it depends on when the teacher feels you're ready to move on, but it seems like some people who are waaaaaaay into the rest of the intermediate series are still getting an assist with Pasasana, the first pose, without their heels on the ground too. But I don't know if they're always getting this assist or only occasionally (you see, I'm not ALWAYS rubber-necking and keeping tabs on what everyone else is doing!)
So how do you determine this? Haha, I'm not looking to move onto Krounchasana already, I'm just curious what else is supposed to be going on in the pose that I may not be aware of.
The other Pasasana question is - Why do you start with the left side first and not the right? Every other pose in the Primary series starts with right side first coz apparently that's how it should flow energetically. So... what's going on here? Anybody?
I checked David Swenson's manual and he starts it on the Right side first (bring left elbow over to outer edge of right knee... that sounds like a right twist first). But maybe his book was also written a while ago.
And then I realized that I now have to buy more books on the Intermediate series coz the Swenson manual is the only book I've got with an Intermediate reference! (Yay for Gregor Maehle's new book! Amazon, here I come!) I'm happy to take more book recommendations too for other references for the Intermediate series.
In the meantime, this is why you Advanced series people are the new cool kids. Here's a great site with more Advanced cool kids, and you can add your advanced asana pictures to the collection too.
Kiss my ass-ana! ONE HAND!