Practice: Triangle Series
The "Practice" posts are about progress and learning. The pictures and analysis of my own practice help me find areas that need improvement.
Traditionally, the Triangle series comes right after the Half Moon Series. Some even consider it to part of the Half Moon Series. Bikram moved Bent Leg Triangle and Standing Separate Legs Forehead to Knee after Balancing Stick. The move makes a lot of sense. The hip rotation in Bent Leg Triangle is a bit easier to accomplish when we are very warm. And Standing Separate Legs Forehead to Knee acts as both a nice inversion and a therapeutic compression pose when placed later in the series.
Traditionally the triangle series is Triangle and Standing Separate Legs Forehead to Knee only, in that order. Tony Sanchez added the Rotating Triangle after Triangle. I have added a couple other postures and shifted the order a bit. I explain my logic below.
I have been practicing the Triangle Series in the traditional location, right after Half Moon. It is a smooth way to transition into more complex postures after the simple movements of the warm ups. In the Triangle Series, we split our legs (hence the name, they look like a triangle) and move our spine and hips into some new relationships.
This is the sequence I have been practicing to prepare my body for Bent Leg Triangle and to open gradually through the entire sequence of postures. I welcome any comments regarding my logic, either for or against the sequencing I have chosen. I am open to discussion!
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