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Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle)

I hope my readers aren’t getting sick of seeing these photos.  For Jill and me they’re very instructive.   It’s hard to get them right, though, because we’re trying to get poses where our alignment is good, no distracting junk is in the background, the photos are in focus, and we’re not looking grim.  Keeping the face and neck relaxed is part of breathing properly and being at ease in the pose – effortless effort.

This pose is very difficult for me because my hips and hamstrings are so tight.  If I do it on the mat away from the wall, it’s a struggle to keep from flipping over backwards like a bug.  All my focus goes into working with my hands and arms behind me.  If I sit up on several blankets then only my heels touch the floor.  Using a block at the wall gives me the benefit of being able to sit upright with the entire backs of my legs getting feedback from the floor.  I can pay attention to extending out through my heels and stretching those adductors.

Even here I'm not quite vertical in my trunk, but working on it.  Notice that my feet are way out on the second mat, and compare to Jill.  I'm not whining about this, just pointing out how wide the differences are between bodies.
Even here I'm not quite vertical in my trunk, but working on it. Compare the location of my feet, way out on the second mat, to Jill's in the next picture. I'm not whining about this, just pointing out how wide the differences are between bodies.
Jill is very upright here, and the flexibility in her hips and hamstrings is evident.  Incidentally, in the other pictures her feet were upright, not tipped back, but the photos were otherwise bad.
Jill is very upright here, and the flexibility in her hips and hamstrings is evident. Incidentally, in the other pictures her feet were upright, not tipped back, but the photos were otherwise bad.
I picked this photo and the next one so you could see that we really have a good time in our practice and are not all serious and tense.
I picked this photo and the next one so you could see that we really have a good time in our practice and are not all serious and tense.

(I also posted this batch of photos so my sister in Massachusetts could see my new haircut.)

1 thought on “Upavistha Konasana (seated wide angle)”

  1. And the new haircut is what grabbed my attention first and foremost! Not that these pix aren’t excellent — they are, and so instructive! — but we definitely will have to discuss the hair (both of ours) later this month.

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