mulling things over, self-talk

Focus poses and why some stick better than others

I just figured out why, in January, when I did Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle) and Supta Virasana (reclining hero) almost every day, Upavistha Konasana didn’t improve nearly as much as Supta Virasana did.

I’m adding Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle) as a focus pose this month.  It’s such a difficult pose for me that I need to do a fair amount of prep for it, starting with Trikonasana (triangle), then Parsvottanasana (stretch to the side), some twists, e.g., Marichyasana, before I can manage it.  It’s also helpful to do it against the wall or lying down.

Similarly, I simply couldn’t do Supta Virasana without preparatory poses – lunges, Virasana (hero), maybe Ustrasana (camel).

However, I can approximate Upavistha Konasana without a lot of prep.  That doesn’t mean it’s good, but it means I don’t work as hard to get to it.  Therefore, I did not improve much in that pose during January.

I can think of several prep poses for Upavistha Konasana:  all wide angle standing poses, particularly Prasarita Padottanasana (standing wide angle forward bend), Malasana (garland), and seated poses.  I guess this is my assignment to myself to do the prep work.

Upavista Konasana
Upavista Konasana
Supta Virasana
Supta Virasana
Parivrtta Trikonasana
Parivrtta Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana
Parsvottanasana
Parsvottanasana
Standing Marichyasana
Standing Marichyasana
Virasana
Virasana
Ustrasana
Ustrasana
Prasarita Padottanasana
Prasarita Padottanasana

1 thought on “Focus poses and why some stick better than others”

  1. Let’s assess your deep six hip rotators on Thursday. They’re often the culprit in forward bends and some twists–like P. Trikonasana. (My goodness, haven’t we already done that?)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.