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“Morning opens a door with help for those who don’t ask for any,” ~ Rumi
There are times in our lives when a door gets opened unexpectedly. There are times when we must be the one to walk with determination to the door, turn the knob and throw it open! Sometimes there is not one more minute to wait, we must go straight into it and begin to do the work ahead.
This is the setting in which we find the Triangle Sequence. After the warm up, in which we are encouraged to imagine “light pouring in” through the Breath-Body Link; there is no gentle lead in to this posture, we get right to it! We find in this direct action how clean and pure it can be to cut away all of the frivolity and find the essence of the practice, and ourselves.
Triangle pose is a study of straight lines and strong angles. Reach out with your body and arms as you descend into the pose. As your arm meets the ground, push against that solid surface and explore the full width and breadth from fingertip to fingertip. Take notice of the very fact that you encompass this space. You are not invisible, this is your space, your moment. You deserve and are thankful for every bit of it!
Revolved Triangle can be an awkward pose if you have difficulty keeping your balance with your body turned backwards. It is a moment to adjust, rebalance, and realign yourself however you need to. Sometimes the pull on the muscles in the backs of the legs is too much, so dial it back a little. You can keep your front leg bent; you can narrow your stance. This is not failure or incorrect posture; this is another exploration of yourself and where you must learn to adjust in order to maintain your balance.
Onward to Head to Knee. If you’ve found a comfortable place in Revolved Triangle, you will increase the ‘ahhhhh….’ factor of Head to Knee! As you continue to lengthen the spine and drape over the front leg, you find this can be a cue to nurture yourself in those moments where you are pushing the limits and reaching out in every direction. There must always be time for restoration.
After this moment of re-centering, energize that front foot and rejoice in Warrior I! Notice how, even though the line and energy of the chest and arms is flowing backwards, there is a lift and lengthening still happening in the spine. The arc is not compressed, but extended.
Then we make the smooth transition to Warrior II. A strong, stable, expansive pose. You are here, where you belong! Confident, balanced, grown and strengthened by the practice.
“Build great accomplishments from small beginnings. Prepare for rough spots while the going is still smooth,” ~ Lao Tzu
That wonderful Warrior was grown from exploring every angle, inside and out. You are prepared to throw open the door on your next moment and glide through the threshold with grace and balance. Savasana brings the ever necessary, clear-headed calm. What did you find when you explored all of your angles?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for three years. We enlisted Heather to embark on Sadhana, our 26 -week journey, and blog about each sequence. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org