Straighten Your Triangle

In an effort to provide my yogis with more information to continue their practices at home, I am introducing an addition to the blog called Friday Focus.  These posts will give me the opportunity to spotlight a specific yoga concept or pose that we have covered in class. I would love for these topics to generate an interactive community of commenters who can share their observations, get more clarification or even hatch new suggestions.

For this first Friday, I would like to detail a posture I presented in class this week.  It’s a variation on Trikonasana or Triangle Pose designed to encourage torso length and, overtime, balance side to side asymmetry, especially in cases of scoliosis. The main objective of this triangle pose is to supply more length to the underside of the body where we tend to collapse.

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  1. Begin standing with legs wide apart.
  2. Establish the Trikonasana stance: right leg/foot externally rotates, left leg/foot turns slightly inward.
  3. Then, extend your right arm toward a chair (or even a counter).
  4. Press away from the chair and stretch the right hip to the left.
  5. Move the top arm (or left arm) around the back of the body to encourage the revolution  of the torso.
  6. Allow the head to look up if comfortable.
  7. Return to wide angle stance and repeat on the left side.

After you try this elongated form of Trikonasana, feel free to leave us your comments or questions!

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