Home yoga

I’m done traveling for a long time (I hope).  December feels like I’ve spent more time away from home than at home.  I arrived back after my trip to my ancestral homeland this morning and I spent the rest of the day catching up on work and unpacking and trying to get myself settled in again; well, to be honest I haven’t even opened my big suitcase yet so I didn’t get all that much done…

I was stiff and cranky and uptight, so I figured a nice gentle yoga session was in order.  I got my mat out and did some of my favorite poses and I feel looser and a little less tense.  That counts for something, right?

I need to work on the distinction between warrior 2 and triangle and side angle pose; they’re all built off that quad-burning split foundation but they have subtle differences– straight knee vs bent, where arms go, etc, and how to get from one to the other.  Homework for next time!

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5 Responses to Home yoga

  1. Tori says:

    I need to work on the distinction between warrior 2 and triangle and side angle pose; they’re all built off that quad-burning split foundation but they have subtle differences– straight knee vs bent, where arms go, etc, and how to get from one to the other. Homework for next time!

    How much specific input are you wanting here, and how much are you wanting to explore for yourself?

    • G says:

      Well, I can look up the way each goes on my own, but a useful thing for me would be how to transition between different poses built on that foundation– I start with lunge -> warrior 1, turn my foot and change my arms to warrior 2, and then I get lost. :)

      • Tori says:

        I like to go warrior 2 –> side angle –> triangle because it minimizes (for me) the amount of base change in the poses.

        From warrior 2, my feet don’t change at all (though again, this might just be my anatomy). To get to side angle, I increase the bend in my front knee and shift my torso forward until my forearm is propped against my bent thigh. If that feels okay on my side body, I bend father until my hand is on the ground (or block) on the outside of my foot.

        To go from side angle to triangle, pretty much everything stays the same, except that I start to straighten my front knee.I say “start to straighten” because if my hamstrings are not warm, it might not get all the way straight.

        Does that help at all?

  2. G says:

    Yes it does, a lot! (Sorry, nested comment fail.) Makes much more sense now, thanks!

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