Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 8: Tricky trikonasana

Finding the trick in Trikonasana,
then wiping the slate clean.

Monday, March 5, 2012
Foundations Class
Instructor: Michelle W.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Mysore was cancelled today so I ended up at Michelle's Foundations class, which was so beneficial that I may be sticking with it as my Monday practice for a while. It was a small group and we spent a lot of time really breaking things down, and were able to request any poses that we've been having trouble with, or as Michelle put it, "any gray areas". I immediately thought of Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose), which I've been having some difficulty with, particularly with my foot position and finding the sweet spot where my weight would feel even between the front and back feet. For me, it always ends up feeling like most of my weight is in my front foot, which turns the pose into a very challenging balancing act instead of a great spinal twist.

To help us find that strong base, M had us experiment with different foot positions while focussing on getting our front hip back (closing up Mula Bandha), maintaining an inner rotation on both legs and really bending at the front hip crease before attempting the rest of the twist. It took freeing up my mind a bit and allowing my stance to be wider that I thought it "should" be, and I found that slightly bending my front foot really help me to find a stronger base. I have a long way to go with that pose, but I feel like we made some progress today, not just with that, but in other positions as well.

Classes like this are a great compliment to the usual flow or Mysore practice as they allow us to slow down and really spend some time getting things right. When we started to get too rooted into any particular pose analysis, a well-timed series of vigorous Surya Namaskar A helped to reset and rebalance the body. Like shaking an old Etch-a-Sketch — you never really wipe out the last drawing completely, and you can go back and retrace that ghosted image, further refining it every time you return to it.



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