Inspired by Grimmly's post, I too tried to jump through with straight legs.
To ｍｙ utter surprise did it!! First time, and now first time to post a film clip.
I cannot express my happiness and amazement, which in the bigger picture of things is such a small and insignificant matter, but I’m sure some ashtangis out there will understand.
I have always done the so-called Kino style jump through, balance and swing through cross legged. At the moment this is the more controlled way for me, and it seems to let me really connect with my bandhas, lets me feel them in action. I think this is the best way to start jumping through, that is just my opinion though.
However, the straight legged version has been a major obstacle. I've had a block with straight legs. Years ago a teacher in a jump back/through workshop told me to just not cross my legs and I'd have it nailed, ha easier said than done. Total head block. Frustrated, I blamed my short arms and long body. But I tried and tried and tried, and every time I would cross my legs at the last minute, or my feet would shudder to a sudden stop between my hands. I gave up. Bad lady that I am.
Until today. I watched the video on Grimmlys blog very carefully, and thought I'd give it another go. My legs shot through, straight..ish!!! OK so I landed with a huge thwump! But it's a start, here begins a mission for a modicum of control. Now I think that to land without a bottom thud requires far superior bandha control. I need a lot more work on this. Feed back, hints, tips welcome, pleeease.