Oh Lord. This is it. This is the one that separates the Yogis from the yogis. You won’t see another pose like this until Camel. This is TRIANGLE. Sure, call it the “master series” if you want, but we all know what it is: impossible to do *correctly* twice in a row. Read on.
When Bikram says that this posture “improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues” you should read that to mean that your hips have to open wider than is humanly possible, you have to sit further down on one leg than your muscles can possibly stand, and then you have to twist and look UP. LOOK UP. Balance like that, Yogis! If you’re me, you try it once and then collapse for second set. I’m a yogi, not a Yogi.
Bikram also says that Triangle Pose “benefits the heart and lungs, forcing them to work together.” What do you think? Is your heart still actually working, in the traditional sense, when you’re finished? This is when we really have to buy into the dialogue that if we have a mini heart attack in the studio, we won’t have one in the wide world…you know, where people AREN’T sitting down, twisting and reaching for the ceiling. If you can do this pose, however, you are “flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae,” as well as alleviating “crooked spines, rheumatism and lower back pain.”
If you need more, from the brain trust that is Wikipedia, Triangle “improves the flexibility of the spine, corrects alignment of the shoulders; relieves backache, gastritis, indigestion, acidity, flatulence; massages and tones the pelvic organs, corrects the effects of a sedentary lifestyle or faulty posture, assists treatment of neck sprains, reduces stiffness in the neck, shoulders and knees, strengthens the ankles and tones the ligaments of the arms and legs.” What else is possibly left to correct?!? Apparently it really is worth it.
And chin up, Yogis! (Up, seriously….chin to the arm and look at the ceiling.) You’re on posture NINE! Only seventeen more to go and you’re off to drink a gallon of water, a beer, a ginger ale or a bag of IV fluids. So do this posture, do it right and try to be better than your blogger friend here. Do it twice!
Posted by Liz Alfano