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Triangle Pose

Trikonasana: gina anne

 

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

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. ūüėČ

 

Hello Spring.

Hello Spring: gina anne

Hello Spring.

Spring is here. The birds are singing. Wildlife is active. Flowers are peaking through the desolate winter’s earth. The sunshine is stretching his rays through this chilly Wisconsin morning. I start my day with a mile walk with our pup, Winston. He is not really a puppy any more. He is one year & 2 months.¬†Exactly, a year ago Andy and I¬†picked up this sweet¬†boy. Our walk is brisk, with a slight chill, normal for Wisconsin March. Winston’s snout notices the spring ground, sniffing for scraps. Spring is in his step. Robins are everywhere searching for breakfast. Squirrels recovering fall’s¬†hidden treasures. The earth is muddy and brown, regrowth is happening.

“Spring, is nature’s way of saying…Let’s Party!” -Robin Williams

Spring, where the days become longer. A positive hope for warmer weather ahead. We spring clean, spring detox. Make life lighter, shedding our winter coat. Finding our own regrowth. Our inner spring step.

What do you do when spring is in the air?

I usually have plans to clean, detox, set some regrowth myself, on life ahead. Spring came all too fast for me. I still have yet to do a deep cleaning, hopefully soon. I¬†do have four months of spring, right? To de-clutter, detox and cleanse the air. I enjoy clearing my closet every spring, storing my¬†winter clothes…a fickle Wisconsin spring is quite hard to let go of those cozy sweaters though. What are your spring goals?

here are some of mine:

  • do a thorough deep cleaning, get rid of the old
  • organize my closet (my goal is to have a¬†capsule closet) this has been my goal for 3 years now…still¬†a work in progress. Very challenging. Very funny.
  • be more creative
  • do a 3 day juice cleanse
  • more evening walks
  • oh, and have I mentioned triathlon training? Eeeek!

Can’t wait to hear what is in your spring step. Happy spring to everyone. Let me know your spring rituals. Add some advice on how you spring clean your home, your body, & your soul. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

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