Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle) | Trinity Yoga

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle)

Utthita means, “extended” and Tri means “three” and Kona is “an angle”. This asana represents the trinity of body, mind and spirit, and explores the interplay of these forces: dependency, interdependency, and interaction.Triangle pose is an active pose, which benefits and tones the legs, hips and abdomen. We see triangles many places in life as supporting and strong structures.

The essence of this asana is the realization of ones strength and the ability to resist pressure and support weight.It is an invigorating pose and due to the need to support weight, has certain alignment components that need to be observed. I like to begin with the foundation always, and for this pose you will begin with your feet approximately one legs distance apart and to begin with parallel.

Then going to the right first, lift the toes on your left foot and rotate the foot 45 degrees to the right, in the same manner rotate your right foot out a full 90 degrees. Ideally the heel of your front foot will draw a straight line to your back foot’s inner arch.

Legs up the Wall | Trinity Yoga

Legs Up the Wall

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This posture, Virprita Karani, is extremely beneficial for many reasons. First and foremost it is a restorative posture, which allows the body to absorb the condition of relaxation. According to Judith Lasiter one cannot force relaxation one can only set up the conditions for relaxation to occur. Legs up the wall offers wonderful benefits to the central nervous system, the adrenals, as well as the circulatory system and organs.

It is recommended for those suffering from varicose veins, circulatory problems, menstrual cramps and overall stress.The most difficult aspect of this asana is getting into it correctly, it is rather awkward. Begin with your mat ninety degrees to the wall or a doorframe, with the door securely closed.

Have another mat, tightly rolled up, close by if you would like a deep release in your lower back. Bring yourself to the wall sideways with your buttocks as close to the wall as possible, legs alongside the wall. Then turn into the wall letting your legs go up as your torso lowers down onto the mat.

Upside Down Dog | Trinity Yoga

Upside Down Dog

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Turning yourself “upside down dog” is a good thing. Too often, we live our lives from the neck up, and by thinking too much we lose the moment and our connection to our bodies.Many of our physical problems actually arise simply because we live too much in our heads.

When you turn your world upside down, symbolically & metaphorically, you change that. This yoga asana is excellent medicine for anxiety, obsessiveness and an ego that’s stuck or unyielding.

Inversions (a type of asana in which the feet are lifted higher than the heart) have many other health benefits. The inversion of the circulatory system and the flushing out of venous blood brings an increase in blood flow to the brain and a general feeling of well being. The endrocrine glands, the digestive system and the lymphatic system are also cleansed and re-vitalized.

Arms at the Wall Downward Facing Dog | Trinity Yoga

Arms at the Wall Downward Facing Dog

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Arms-at-the-wall is a modification for the Downward Dog asana if you have a lot of wrist issues. This asana modification is also an excellent way to relieve stress in the shoulders and spine at your office, in the grocery line up, or at home in the kitchen between peeling and chopping.

Notice that the same action occurs in the arms – active hands – all knuckles pressed in, heel of the hand firmly connecting with the surface, and upper shoulders rolled out via the drawing down and broadening of the shoulder blades. Again you are getting all of the benefits of Downward Dog, as your head is lower than your heart.Continue to breathe and allow that hollow feeling in your lower belly.

You will need to pay attention to keeping the thighs active by continually lifting the kneecaps to emphasize the forward rotation of the pelvic floor. This is an asana you can do at the office, in the kitchen or at the park without any difficulty. Simply find the surface where you will place your hands at hip height. Then walk yourself back until your arms are straight.

Childs Pose (Dartihasana) | Trinity Yoga

Childs Pose (Dartihasana)

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This asana replicates how we all began, in a fetal position – curled into oneself. This is a simple asana if we still have the flexibility of a child; but if not, it is a wonderful pose to begin to surrender into that flexibility.You will see a picture of the asana opposite with my arms outstretched, this is to encourage the shoulder opening that is possible here and also prepares you to enter into the more challenging asana, Downward Dog.

With the top of your feet lying flat on the ground, sit back toward your heels, arms outstretched, and release.You may also use this asana to completely relax. Use props such as a pillow under your belly and between your legs and a bolster or blocks under your head if it doesn’t quite reach the floor yet.

In addition if your ankles are stiff place a small towel under them. In this case you will want to passively rest your arms by your sides and totally LET GO.

Allow yourself to rest here and notice with each successive breath that you slip into yourself gently and ever so peacefully.

Your First Yoga Practice | Trinity Yoga

Developing Your First Yoga Practice

Your first yoga practice requires that you learn to develop and the cultivate a state of peace and calm whilst faced with physical, mental and emotional challenges are the practice of yoga. Choosing to honour yourself through the pursuit of a yoga practice is intelligent and loving. The word yoga means to join, or to yoke. This represents a primary requirement for all of life – to feel safe, unified and connected.

Throughout history, the pursuit of happiness has been humanity’s abiding quest. The happiness we seek is more than just the ephemeral happiness of a desire fulfilled or an adversity overcome. What we seek is far deeper and more lasting, perhaps a more apt description is ‘peace without suffering.’ Yoga is a practical and ancient approach to this state of happiness or nirvana.Let us start with a simple and realistic approach to adding yoga to your life. I often say to my students, if you are only able to do legs-up-the-wall for 5 minutes everyday, you are on your way to cultivating your yoga. We will expand our practice as we progress, but for now this simple excercise is a good place to begin.

If you feel ready for something more, try working your way up to all of the first three modifications for downward dog, everyday for a month.

Yoga is about making a choice each day that celebrates your well being. You now have 3 choices before you:

1. The time and place that you’ll begin your practice. Are you going to create a space in your life to practice?

2. The choosing of your destination. Are you going to health and happiness?

3. The effort you’ll put in to get there. Are you going to excercise the discipline required to get there?

What is Energy Anatomy? | Trinity Yoga

Energy Anatomy, What is it?

Everything in the universe is comprised of energy; it takes form in many vast and mysterious ways. We all have experienced faces of our own “energy”. Learn more about some of the more subtle and unseen forces that comprise your state of being. The energy we see is physical energy and yet there are many other forms that we cannot see. Wind, sound and thought are a few of the ones we cannot see and yet we know they exist.

What is “thought energy”, and how does it move as energy in our bodies? This is the question we will delve into here. This is a key concept to begin to understand and to feel familiar with. Many of you could probably relate to how different you feel when your mother is in front of you as compared to a very powerful person such as your boss or a movie star.

You also have a totally different “feel” when you are preparing to make a presentation, as compared to sitting out on your deck in the sun. How is it that some people can make you feel intimidated and some are absolutely neutral? This corresponds to your own energy field and the “data bank” that processes incoming energy/information, called your chakra system.

Nutrition Tips | Trinity Yoga

Nutrition Tips

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With the huge increase in nutritional science and research, coupled with the alarming array of obesity and health related problems, it is no wonder that we as a nation are concerned and looking to all sorts of information from experts. Nutrition Tips make it as simple as possible and deal with some of the obvious issues and then wind our way into a more in depth look at nutrition and wellness. From all counts it is evident that the average North American diet is what’s killing us and causing weight problems.

It is not news to anyone that fast food, and diets highly concentrated in refined carbohydrates, cooked meats, saturated fats and sugar are the cause of many problems. This is not to say you have to give up your meat, you just need to adjust your nutrition perhaps.