Sunday, 14 October 2012

 Pre-Obama, there was a brief period during which, if you typed the world MORON into the Google search engine and clicked on ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’, you were directed to the presidential page for George W. Bush  at the White House web site.  Now, if you type WARRIOR 2 FOR DUMMIES into the image search engine, you’ll get this –

We spent a ridiculous amount time breaking down Warrior 2 for the Saturday YTT session.  You do feel like you need a Dummy manual when it’s frustratingly difficult to find the rights words to teach someone else one of the most famous and basic asanas in modern yoga.  Follow that up with Triangle and the sneaking suspicion you’ve been practicing the pose incredibly badly for the past three years.    WHO has been teaching me yoga? 
I did find another GI Joe Bush doing Triangle but he was doing it about as well as I was (and I’m not a plastic doll), so I went for the professional Yoga Journal explanation instead –

Extended Triangle Pose
Utthita Trikonasana

utthita = extended
trikona = three angle or triangle

Step by Step
Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down.
Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle.
Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone toward the back heel.
Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left thumb.
Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up, strongly pressing the back heel into the floor and reaching the top arm toward the ceiling. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

At the end of the day, I needed a whole lot of sushi and saki to recover, and found both here

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