Natta Adavu – First Step
“Natta” means to stretch and so the Adavu involves some stretching compared to the Tatta Adavu we explored earlier. And compared to Tatta Adavu, the Natta adavu involves heel contacts of the feet. Thus word “Nattu” in Tamil is also referred to “Perching of heels”. So get ready for some stretching and synchronization of hands and legs!
The bols (sollukattu) for this Adavu is “tai yum tat ta tai hi ya ha”. You would see that the basic leg postures used in this Adavu is Ardhamandal, Alidha , Anjitham, Agartalasancharam and Swastikam. Ardhamandal was used in Tatta Adavu and we will see the Alidha in the explanation for this Adavu below.
Here we go with the first step for Natta Adavu:
1. Keep both your hands stretched out in Tripataka mudra facing the floor and be seated in Ardhamandal position.
2. Stretch your right leg in Alidha position (See Below). The right leg is stretched in such manner that only the heel is resting on the floor and the toes are facing upwards. Also when one feet is flat and the other one on the heel, the we say it is Anjitham. When one foot is pressed down on the toes with heels lifted, it is called Agartalasancharam.
Simultaneously turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra to face up – say “tai yum”. Note that the left arm remains in Tripataka mudra facing down.
3. Bring your right leg back to Ardhamandal position with a tap and turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in 1 above (say “tat ta”).
4. Now, repeat the steps above on the left side. Stretch your left leg in Alidha position (left leg stretched in such manner that the heel rests on the floor) and turn the left arm upwards so that Tripataka gesture face the ceiling (say “tai hi”).
5. Bring your left leg back to Ardhamandal position with a tap and left arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in 1 above (say “ya ha”).
This completes a full set of “tai yum tat ta tai hi ya ha” and hence makes one count for the first Natta Adavu step.
Thanks for reading and I shall post the second step for Natta Adavu soon.