Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Lateral Standing Poses Part 1

One fun thing to do in your practice is play the "what happens when" game.   This game is changing one thing about a pose and seeing what happens to that pose.  Today we are playing that game with Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle pose), but these same props could be used with Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle) and Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2).

So the first "what happens when" game I worked on today was using blocks in Utthita Trikonasana.  So here is my regular pose:

So what happens when I put my front foot on a block?  Look around my front hip crease and even my back foot arch. 

That was fun.  What happens when I put my back foot on a block?  How does that effect my upper side chest?

Don't forget to try it in Virabhadrasana 2 and Utthita Parsvakonasana as well.

What about if I got my strap out?  What would happen then?

Here I am with my strap around my front foot.  Does it do anything to the length of my bottom side ribs?

I've moved the strap to my back foot.  I feel more rotation here.

 Also try putting the strap on the back calf and back thigh, with the rotation outward.

Many thanks to Arunji for inspiration.  He is touring the US right now.  Click on his name to see if he's giving a workshop near you.

More standing lateral poses next time.

1 comment:

  1. The block under the feet is really dramatic. Particularly the front leg one.