...so my love for Maria Villella is no secret. I love her calm, matter of fact, no frills teaching style. Here, she makes the jump throughs look so easy, while touching on the common tendency to uproot in order to make something 'happen' (this tendency is not limited to these transitions; students will often lift their heels in standing poses, or let their feet splay in backbends, or lift the sit-bones to go deeper in forward folds, etc.)
Stay rooted above all else! I love how Richard Freeman always talks about thinking about a posture as if it were a flower we were holding: if you hold it from the top, you would kill it; if you hold it from the root, it will continue to bloom.