DAY 13. (read to the end for your challenge today)
This posture has a strong geometric quality – its Sanskrit name is translated as three (tn) angle (kana) posture (asana). In fact, several triangles are formed by the position of the arms, legs and torso. Triangle helps to align the hips, legs and torso and to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. One of the challenges of the pose is to breathe evenly and steadily. To keep the posture strong but light, try visualizing a huge bird floating on a current of air with its wings outstretched.
1. Stand with your feet 90 – 120 cm (3 – 4 ft) apart. Breathe in. Raise your arms to shoulder height, palms facing down. Lift your thighs and knee caps, broaden your chest and lengthen your neck.
2. Turn your left leg out from the hip socket so that your foot is at 90 degrees to your body. Turn the toes of your right foot in slightly. On an out-breath, fold deeply into your left hip socket. Lengthen your body to the left. Put your left hand on your shin or ankle. Raise your right arm. Look forward or up at your hand. Repeat on the other side.
*Don’t let your body fold forward in step. Imagine that you are sandwiched between two walls.
You can use a block (or books) to keep you up higher if you aren’t able to reach your foot.
Watch this video for more helpful tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPW2V4OYOMo
Day 13 challenge:
We've now added a 3rd pose to our posture arsenal. Let us know how this one feels. Is your balance tested in this posture? We know ours is! Share in the comment box below.
All participants’ names will be entered in our 30 days of yoga with hipS-sister draw Oct. 1st.