An avid reader of Yoga Suits Her posts has made this request:
I’d be interested in a series about the poses, particularly the better known ones. Not about how to do them and not about how to do them better or any details, but what they mean to you, what they seem to represent and how they relate to your life.
So, in the 12 days leading up to 2012, I’m going to look at the meaning, intention and implications of some poses we all do regularly and give them their due.
Trikonasana jumps out at me. It’s almost as good as adho mukha svanasana, but not as common. It’s a pose to sink your feet like post holes into the ground. It’s a pose to flex your quadriceps.
Here’s a photo of me about 3.5 months after having undergone double hip replacements. Boy, did I ever need to get my new legs working again. No one told me that after I got new hips they would be as flexible as a baby’s joints. They could go this way, they could go that way, and they needed serious training to be strong and supportive.
When my old hips were deteriorating, I had to decrease the distance that I stepped out into trikonasana, and I felt stiff and wonky. With the new hips I gradually could challenge my balance and strength by being wide in the pose, which has given me greater flexibility.