Asana Project — Utthita Trikonasana

Brenda P at Grounding Thru The Sit Bones had an awesome post about picking an asana (yoga pose) and sticking with it for a week to 10 days and just seeing how it goes.

I tried something like this a few years ago, but was waaay too ambitious (a pose/post per day–I lasted about four days), so I’ve scaled it back. I’m going to focus on a pose every week to ten days. Do it for a few days, report on my impressions and then do several modifications and report on those. I teach with an Iynegar-influence, so I’m big on finding a version of a pose–often using props–that everyone can do. But, I’ve never really tested my versions beyond just the demonstration: do they really offer the same benefits? do they open something else in addition? Are there better modifications that I’m not considering? (Brenda on GTTSB)

I think it’s a great idea and something I’d like to do to kick-start my training program and the journaling process. (Hopefully Brenda and GTTSB won’t mind me jumping on their bandwagon!)

First asana: Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

Note: Do NOT be scared of picture in the above link.  Yoga Journal‘s pictures are of freaky-perfect yogis and trust me, NO ONE ever looks like this.  Think Vogue or Marie Claire for women’s beauty standards and you have YJ for yoga poses.

GTTSB has some great older posts on this pose and You Tube (of course!) has some great videos on this pose.  Check out the one for Beginners if you’re newer to yoga (within first 10 classes), or there’s one for more advanced practitioners. (For really advanced, the hand goes on the floor – see the Yoga Journal link for freaky-advanced Trikonasana pose.)

So — here we go!  I’ll be reporting back soon and hope that you’ll participate with me!


5 responses to “Asana Project — Utthita Trikonasana

  1. I think I’ll follow along with you. I’ve been wanting to slowly get into yoga. Trying one pose at a time and getting used to it over a few days seems like a good brick building process.

  2. That’s all you darlin! At least for now, *wink*!

  3. What a neat idea. I will participate by attempting to not only put my yoga DVD into the DVD player, but actually trying to do the moves. 😉

  4. I used to practice yoga every day for years. And then, I just stopped. I don’t even remember why.

    I’m tempted to get back into it. I’m one of those “calm space, calm mind” people, and since my house is a complete disaster, you can imagine my state of mind at present. Perhaps yoga will help me regain balance. Anyway, this is a rambly way of saying: thanks for the idea!

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