Today’s asana, or what we devoted our practice to, was acceptance.

Letting go of the things you cannot control and changing the way you approach them. My instructor wisely said that half the battle is not pushing away what you think is bad and pulling in what you think is good. You must accept the things that come your way, no matter how frustrating or problematic they may seem.

This hit home after another long day at Untied, a project that definitely throws its curveballs at me on a daily basis.

As I settled into today’s yoga practice of acceptance, I took a deep breath and let go of any tension I was carrying — I could feel the tightness of my muscles relax as I finally took a breather.

I had to accept that today I was feeling a little more rigid — it’s probably the awfulness of “hump day” — and that I wouldn’t be able to move as deep in the poses as I usually do. And that’s OK. You never want to force or push yourself in yoga. You want to be at a comfortable edge, where you can feel the pose, but aren’t overdoing it.

Today’s main pose was triangle, a well-known and difficult pose to do correctly. It’s a pose where a lot of people push themselves to overdo it, and end up sitting in the pose incorrectly — which can hurt you.

Here’s how to do triangle — or Trikonasana correctly:

Courtesy of Google images

Courtesy of Google images

1. Stand lengthwise on your yoga mat, spreading your legs about a leg’s width apart, and root firmly into the ground.

2. Turn your left foot to the side and your right foot in at a 45 degree angle. Make sure both are in a straight line.

3. Adjust your right hip by turning the top of your thigh inwards — almost like it is in a diagonal line with the inside of your left foot. Keep your left leg from drawing inward.

4. Inhale your arms up to your sides, making sure they are in a straight line as well. Your goal is to be perfectly straight — in alignment — in this pose.

5. Reach over your toes and windmill your right arm up and your left arm down with palms facing out, keeping your spine straight. You don’t have to touch the floor or even your knee. You can keep your left hand on the top of your thigh. It is important to keep your spine straight. As soon as you arch it, you’re not feeling the full effects of the pose.

6. Breathe. Hold for a couple of minutes or until you can no longer.

7. To get out of the pose, reach the arms up and to the sides again, bring your feet front to be in a stationery middle position again.

8. Repeat on the right side.


Yoga high: 3.0

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