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Often when one falls, it is an embarrassing moment. Caught off balance, you feel as though you are not being viewed from the best angle. The ego takes a hit, and it’s difficult to know the best way to rise from the situation and regain your composure.
The Revolved Triangle sequence seeks to find balance in the body and mind. Calling attention to the shape of a triangle, and the awareness that a triangle attains balance, no matter what side it is resting on. The essence of the triangle inspires analysis, logic, critical thinking. While there may be longer and shorter sides, there is no “better side.” There is no ego.
“Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego, let us meet in that place,” Kate says.
As you practice this sequence, you are immediately aware of the shapes you are making with your body. There is a triangle in the Sun-Moon breath-body link as the elbows bend and the hands, in prayer posture, form the peak of the triangle at your heart.
Lowering into Forward Fold, you have the focus of a strong triangle with a wide base at your feet and hips creating the highest point. This wide-legged forward fold is so rewarding, as you can easily sink your head much closer to the earth than when the base is more narrow. Rising from this fold into Warrior I feels grounding as you have heightened awareness of the strength of your base.
From Warrior I, you find center, then extend into Warrior III, a “T” shape, the length of your body becomes that wide, stable base. If you could draw lines from the ends of your body to the grounding foot… you’d find a triangle. Again, balanced and strong! It is an amazing and mysterious shape, the strongest shape known to us. Prepare to explore the edges.
Your body drops back, the legs becoming that solid base and the arms twist into Revolved Lateral Angle pose. Now you explore the back of the triangle. It’s almost instinctive to push the elbow against the inner thigh and test that connection. It’s all experimental now. There are no right outcomes, only logical ones. Be absorbed in the moment and find that point of sensibility in your mind and your body.
Reaching into Revolved Triangle is a test of strength and faith. The balance, the ankles are challenged! If you fall, what will you do? You may not fall; you may rise into the perfect point immediately and rejoice in the strength and balance you feel! You may wobble; you may not be able to straighten the front leg. In this moment of uncertainty, you are finding your inner balance, your character. You must have patience, with yourself, with the practice. This is the discovery and the journey. This is the moment when you realize your ability to act, think and reason with balance. There is good in being able to find your center, no matter which side of life you find yourself on.
Savasana provides a moment to reflect on the principles of balance. How that impacts every facet of your life and the energy you reflect to the world. The gesture of no fear is a call to go forth with an open mind, forgiving spirit and balanced perspective.
“Giving and receiving equally, with no fear,” Kate says. “Alert and calm, eyes empty… clear, cool, calm…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for three years. We enlisted Heather to embark on Sadhana, our 26 -week journey, and blog about each sequence. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org