Something that I’ve been working on a lot in my own practice as of late is “floating”. Floating is done frequently in Ashtanga yoga but it’s also something that can be added to any yoga asana practice. Floating requires deep core strength, focus, and economical and efficient use of alignment. But even more importantly, proper and smooth floating demands that you get in touch with Mula bandha and Uddiyana bandha as learning to connect the bandhas together will add lightness and lift to your movement.
In case you’ve never heard of floating in yoga before, there are quite a few types: floating from forward fold to downward facing dog and floating from downward facing dog to forward fold are the most common. And also floating into seated postures and floating from seated postures into numerous other postures. But for me and most other people, the latter two are much more challenging.
In my opinion, one should probably focus on downdog to fwd fold and back again to begin with. Simply learning this can lead to so many other new and challenging aspects of your practice. You should approach floating with a “go for it” attitude and not be afraid to seek out that space where you become weightless. Keep in mind that floating is challenging and can take a long time to master. You’ll often think that you’ll never be able to do it, but that’s where you’re wrong. Just keep trying and add a little extra effort every day and the effects will be cumulative.
Below are a couple more demo videos of floating to give you a better understanding of what you can do with floating once you’ve significantly progressed with it. Now that you’re interest has been piqued, you’re bound to want to learn how to do it so I’ve included some good tutorial videos below as well.
And if you really want to go down the rabbit hole with floating, I highly recommend David Robson’s “Learn to Float” videos. They’re not expensive at all and he really gets into the more technical details of what is going as you are learning.
Let us know how you’re doing with floating in your yoga practice in the comments below.