The Triangle Postures

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Imagine two sticks, their bottom ends planted into the ground about three feet apart and their upper ends inserted loosely into sockets on either side of a ball, sockets which will allow the ball to rotate and swivel from side to side. Then imagine a flexible rod fixed to the top of the ball that can twist and bend to the front, back, or side in all possible combinations. I^ast, imagine a bamboo pole that runs perpendicularly across the back of the rod near its upper end, forming a cross. The sticks are the lower extremities, and the ball with which they articulate is the pelvis. The sockets that permit swiveling on either side of the ball are the sockets of the hip joints. The flexible rod is the spine, with the head on top and the pelvis on the bottom, and the pole is a combination of the two upper extremities that will remain lifted straight out to each side in one line in the triangle postures. In the advanced classic triangle, the rod-and-ball combination is bent straight to the side so that one end of the bamboo pole touches the bottom end of the stick on the same side. In the revolving triangle, the rod-and-ball combination is bent forward and then twisted i8o°, so that the end of the pole touches the bottom end of the opposite stick.

the preliminary stance

In all of the triangle postures you will abduct the thighs, rotate the feet asymmetrically, and then complete the specific pose. And because the triangle postures place unusual asymmetric tensions on the hip joints and on the muscles of the thighs, we'll look first at how we create internal resistance to simple standing twists with the thighs abducted. Stain with the feet parallel and about two feet apart. As usual, tighten the thigh muscles all around. Then twist. This should be easy; nearly everyone can create a comfortable resistance to the twist if the feel are this close together. Now increase the distance to three feet, and a few people will start to get mildly uncomfortable tti their hips and lower back. Finally, if we increase the distance to four feet, even good athletes may not find it reasonable to remain twisted for more than half a minute or so. The idea is to settle on your own personal stance, °ne that will allow you to keep the lower extremities comfortable and yet firm while twisting right and then left for a half minute each.

Next, with a stance established that allows you to keep the thigh muscles firm, turn the right foot fully to the right and the left foot about 30" to the right, that is, lacking 6ol of being in line with the right foot.

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