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Triangle Pose

Trikonasana: gina anne

 

How do you get yourself into a triangle? Give yoga a try. 🙂

In yoga class I adore triangle pose (trikonasana), there is so much lengthening in the limbs, opening the heart, grounding in the feet. I love teaching triangle in class as well. Holding the class in this grounding extension. Arms fly high and ease fills the studio.

I chose this pose for spring because triangle pose is fun, open, slightly detoxifying and springy. Triangle pose gets the name because two triangles are made with the arms and legs. We are working the front leg’s hamstrings and the back leg’s gluteus. The spine twists slightly and the arms extend freely one down to the ground while the other yearns for the sky.

“If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one!” -unknown

Feeling springy? Put on some airy tunes & let’s get into triangle. Start in downward facing dog. Step your right foot forward, spin the back foot down. Rise into warrior II pose. Straighten the front leg, hips move back, right arm moves forward, yes…now tilt into triangle pose. Left hand to the sky. Gaze at your foot, to the side, or for full expression rotate your head. Set the focus on the top hand. Five deep breaths here. Inhale…Exhale! In & out…breathe sweet. Three more breaths. Relax, tranquil, serene.

Notice how the feet ground into the earth, feeling lines of energy up through the knees stretching into deeper movement in the legs and hips. The spine twists kindly amidst the thoracic back. Open the heart space to the side, shine some light, dance to the music. Detoxify through the core…intestines, liver, pancreas twisting, squeezing, massaging. The arms are open, fun, and free like a bird in flight. One more deep breath in, exhale the arm down to the floor. Stepping back to downward facing dog. Bend the knees to the floor, head rests down. Another breath.

Bring gratitude to the physical body for being such a gift of movement and feeling. Compassion to the mind for being able to focus on breathe. Getting yourself into triangle is a joy, a blessing, a gift…and this is why I chose it for spring beginnings.

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Word of Caution: 

  1. some yoga knowledge is required to practice triangle
  2. please consult a physician if you have any doubt about practicing triangle
  3. for a learning experience look up the yoga poses new to you and find your triangle
  4. read this to a friend and be their teacher. 😉

 

Why I Love Body Butter!

Body Butter: gina anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I love body butter!

NOOO, not that kind of butter, body butter! I remember way back in junior high using my first body butter from The Body Shop. I loved going there rummaging through all the testers, smelling the yummy goodness. I bought strawberry and lathered it on every day until it ran out. I was young, my skin was young, my body was well hydrated. I probably put too much on because I remember feeling creamy, the butter slipping off my skin in the sun. I loved it. This was my very first introduction to ‘good’ ingredients and non-animal testing. My heart swooned. I tried every butter from here, loving the girls dressed in black asking me, “Have you tried this one, yet?”

Jump ahead some years and yep, still a sucker for body butters. I apply butter on my skin every day before I get dressed. Body butters are thicker and creamier than a lotion. Like frosting. Usually containing Shea, coconuts, or olives. In the past I collected an assortment of flavors. Now, I’m trying to do this minimalist thing, and only buy what I need (at times). So, one butter instead of say, three…unless there’s a special. 😉 wink!

“Butter my butt, and call me a biscuit.” -southern phrase

I used L’Bri’s Mandarin Fig Body Butter for a long time…Amazing. I ran out. Conveniently, my girlfriend was having a Perfectly Posh party. I pondered to try something new. I tried my aunt’s Posh butter, then went home sifted through the website. Deciding on Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy from my friend’s party…I LOVE IT!!! I love the aroma. I lust the name. I love the kitties on the label. AND… it’s pure joy…skin joy. Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy

Body butters make my skin feel as if I drank a carafe of water. I feel young, flirty, and happy when I lather on my butter. I massage the butter from my ankles to my neck, thighs, arms, belly, bosom, and buttocks. YES! This morning or evening ritual wakes me up, lifts me up, and puts a smile on my face. I especially use extra butter in the winter and dryer times. Or after a long sun-kissed day. So, hurry up grab yourself a body butter and find the love I have for butters. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

-gina anne