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Back to basics – Parivrtta Trikonasana revisited.

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Every time I start thinking about letting my subscription to Yoga Journal lapse, usually in favour of another subscription, they come out with a humdinger of an issue. The August 2008 qualifies for a humdinger award because they’re right where I’m at on the mat…yeah yeah, I hear you about all the damn commercial advertisements for enlightenment in a bottle, the ads, and the lack of non-model people in it but bear with me…

The Basics column this month is an invitation to delve into Parivrtta Trikonasana — the revolved triangle pose. I’m sure that this month’s quest to explore the realms of “root chakra”, muladhara, is what’s behind this whole push to get back to basics, explore the principle postures that have rather been forgotten in my quest to make some approximation (forget master) some of the more glorious asanas.  I think because the revolved triangle, like Samasthiti (equal standing) and Savasana  (Corpse)  come so early in our yoga education, there’s a temptation to forget about them as we get more comfortable with the asana work. Or maybe this is just one of the things I end up dealing with in my goal oriented mind.

I know over the past year, these basic postures have been relegated to the category of “means to an end”. They’ve been preparatory postures, used to get my body ready to do something else, usually something with more “glamour” and “pizazz” attached to it. Somewhere along the line, the two triangles got reduced to “hip warmer, back warmer, lateral stretch”. I can’t remember the last time I used them as a principle posture, to be in them for themselves instead of being in them for something else.

So today, I’m taking to the mat with the intention of exploring Parivrtta Trikonasana as a posture in and of it’s own right… and I won’t be making the same mistake as I did the first time I lit out with Samasthiti. I’m going to sit down with pen and paper first and work out a warmup and counterposture sequence to go with it!!

Have a good day, thanks for reading and Namaste,



About Kate MacKay

I'm a certified Viniyoga teacher, in Fredericton, NB. I was a 9-1-1 operator and emergency services dispatcher for 22 years. Surprisingly, the two worked well together, or as I liked to put it, from the sublime to the ridiculous -- all in a day's work. I'm currently off work as a result of a stress-induced cardiac condition that's thrown a few crimps in my lifestyle. I'm not actively teaching yoga in the classroom right now and probably won't for several more months. That said, this blog is one of the forms of practice I can do and I thank you for joining me in this exploration of all things yoga.

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