poses, sequences

Three poses to do every day for the rest of your life

That’s the title of a handout my wonderful teacher Margaret gave us when she taught a home practice class.  I’m going to dig out some more of the information from that class and start posting it.

The handout had only pictures of the poses and their names.

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana II
Utthita hasta Padangusthasana II

Supta Padangusthasana (reclining hand to foot pose; turn the picture counterclockwise so that the person is lying on her back). I really do try to do this, if not every day, then very often.  The two other parts of it involve extending the leg out to the side, and then switching hands so that the up leg is across your body.  I use a strap to hold my foot, and press the down foot against the wall.  Sometimes I do it against a projecting wall in my house.

Baddha Konasana
Baddha Konasana

Baddha Konasana (cobbler’s pose).  I need to sit on at least one blanket for this one.  It’s best to be up high enough that your knees are below your hips.  In tough times (stiff, inflexible times), that sometimes means three or even four blankets under me.  I also like to do it against the wall with a block between my shoulder blades pressed into the wall.  For someone like me who has trouble remaining upright, this feels excellent, and it seems to allow me to focus on pressing my knees down rather than fighting to balance.

Upavista Konasana
Upavista Konasana

Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle pose).  This is my most difficult pose.  It’s funny, because it’s often part of a restorative class, where you sit in the pose and then lean forward with your head on a bolster.  I can no more do that than fly across the room.  I have occasionally wept in frustration trying to avoid flipping over backwards.  That’s why this is one of my TV poses.  Do I do it every day?  Um, no.

(As a side note, I just found a cool thing called yogafont, and that’s where these pics came from. You’ll see them again.)

See, you could have a short practice with these poses plus (always) Savasana.  You can stay in these for a while, or do one or two minutes each.

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