I'll be the first to admit I don't practice with perfect alignment, and I still have much to learn when it comes to our body's anatomy. But, I will tell you this - Yoga is a PRACTICE, and it is certainly a journey.
This week's pose of the week is Triangle Pose. This pose was once very difficult for me. A pose that bothered my knee, felt strangely uncomfortable around the back of my ankle, and never "felt right". I have READ A LOT about this pose, tried all kinds of adjustments (large and small) to build the strength and comfort in this pose. And I feel now I may have gotten to the point where it finally feels right!
Back in the winter of 2013, when I started Yoga Teacher Training, I was not near as strong as I am today. I had 3 small children 5 and under, and I didn't exactly have a defined practice of my own. I took yoga classes here and there, and did a lot of online yoga videos. But, I was not comfortable just moving freely on my mat. I started training because I just had a feeling it was the right time.
The photo above was from February 2014, and this my yogi friends is what it looks like to feel - awkward in a yoga pose! Triangle was one of my least favorite poses. Today after much attention to my body inside and out, my yoga practice feels like mine. I am not in my head, worrying about doing things right, I am simply moving with what FEELS right.
That is such an amazing feeling, that I hope all of you reading, at some point in your daily practice begin to feel. The point when poses, don't require a lot of thought, they just "FEEL Right".
So this week, join me on your mat as we play with triangle pose. Feel free to bring a block with you to use, or you can try the higher variation I show in the photo on the right (that one makes your obliques work).
Benefits of Triangle include:
- Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
- Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Helps relieve stress
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
- Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica
http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/extended-triangle-pose/ - Read more here
If you would like a more DETAILED video to walk you through this pose check out this YOUTUBE Video from Yoga with Adriene -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFYlxZHif0&t=252s
Join me in class soon or schedule a private session to expand your practice and learn more about Triangle Pose.