Mandi Adavu First and second variation
The first variation uses the Shikhara and pataka hand gesture. Begin the step with a jump down to the Muzumandi mandi position. Hands in Shikahra hasta. Say Ta Ka. Then rise up facing the left. Left leg bent and right leg stretched back on the toes. Left hand in Shikara and right hand in Pataka stretched forward. Say Dhi Mi. Mirror the same looking onto the right side.
The second variation uses the Alapadma and the katakamukha hand gestures. Begin with sitting on the toes in Poorna mandala. Hands held in Alapadma hasta facing up at the chest level. Say Ta Ka. Then rise up with right leg bend forward and left leg stretched back on the toes. Hands are held over the head in katakamukha facing up. Say Dhi Mi
1. When the legs are stretched back, donot rest the knee on the floor.
2. Keep your back straight while in poorna mandala, while getting up and even while the legs stretches back.
3. With beginners I have seen a tendency to bend forward while in poorna mandi and getting up. That is because the body naturally stoops forward to balance. Try working on keep the back straight.