Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Yogic Tripod

What do people do now that cell phone cameras are replacing regular cameras... and it's hard to find a tripod to mount the phones for those group portraits where you want to include yourself? The yogic tripod is not, I repeat, not a solution to this issue, but it is a nice little inversion/hip opener/quadriceps stretcher. And that's worth taking a picture of.

THE POSE: 1. Lie face down with your arms extended and your palms on the floor next to your thighs. 2. Bend your left knee so your left shin is straight up. 3. Press on your hands, lift your right leg, and rest your right thigh atop your left foot. If you can't quite get the thigh atop the left foot, try the knee. If you can't rest the knee there, try the shin. But the higher up you're able to prop your right leg, the greater the stretch into the hip and quad of the propped-up leg. 4. Breathe. Wait for your body to settle into the pose. Five to ten long breaths is a good general guideline. Yes, you will be slightly tilted to one side in this position. It's normal. Switch to the other side when you feel ready.

BENEFITS: An easy, virtually effortless inversion with the aforementioned quad and hip joint opening.

AVOID IF: The hip on the raised leg hurts.

OTHER THOUGHTS: You can wedge your cell phone camera between the big toe and the second toe on the raised leg and you'll have the tripod you need. But you still won't be able to be in the picture with your friends.

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