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Sacred Geometry Yoga Part 1

In this warrior 2 pose, the guy does not have his head over his tailbone. He is leaning forward. His front knee is slightly past his ankle and he is sitting too low in his hips which over stretches the ligaments in the hips, might also put pressure on the knee joint and cause wear and tear and he is collapsing the back the ankle arch. This is a well aligned warrior 2 pose. Her head is over her tailbone, her wrists in line with her shoulders, her front knee is over her ankle. I think she might be able to widen her stance to get her ankles under her wrists. She looks strong enough to do this without collapsing her back arch which is not ever recommended. This is a poorly aligned plank pose. I like to cal this Schlank pose in class. Her entire lower body is sinking making the arms, shoulders do the work the lower body should be doing. And she is not engaging her core. I would recommend she lift her belly to her spine or curl her tailbone into the body. It's definitely not sacred geometry. This is a very good plank pose. She is not sinking in the pose and she is engaging her core. She is also flexing her feet but I would recommend she press through her heels more as if she would trying to touch the back wall.This is what I call a collapsed downward dog. She is over arching her back which can be easily remedied by engaging mula bandha or curling her tailbone down to her heels. The sit bones should point up to the ceiling but the tailbone should always point down to the heels so the belly is pressed to the spine.
This is a perfectly aligned downward dog. Two straight lines. Upside down triangle.Downward Dog pose. Bending the knees in downward dog  is what one must do with tight hamstrings to lengthen the spine.
Downward Facing Dog pose. This woman has tight hamstrings and is rounding her back as a result. I would recommend she bend her knees and maybe lift her heels to send her sit bones high away from her hands and lengthen her spine which she might need to do for a while until she can open up her hamstrings. First things first. Spine must also be straight.
This is good alignment in extended Triangle pose but I would recommend the student bend her knee right over the ankle. The teacher is helping her to not collapse her back thigh and therefore, arch.Extended Triangle pose. This guy has the right idea to use a block but his knee is not over his ankle. Usually when this happens it means the stance should widen. He should also place the block right outside the foot. Then he would also have a straight line from the outer edge od his back foot to his fingertips.  which is dangerous for the knee/
In this triangle pose the woman is hyperextending your knee which is dangerous. I recommend using a block, shortening her stance and maybe also micro-bending her knee. If she is not using a block, she could also hold higher up the leg which will prevent her from putting too much pressure on her knee. All poses should have a feeling of lifting, never leaning. This is perfect alignment of Triangle pose. His head is in line with his tailbone which is of utmost importance so using a block can help with this alignment if one can't find it without. Never depth over alignment.
The way I am teaching my classes now is based on sacred geometry using the alignment I learned from the Sacred Geometry workshop at Jivamukti based on the teachings of Iyengar and David Life. You need to use blocks to maintain your alignment. It's different because you're not going as deep into postures you might be used to going. It's about head in line with tailbone, wrists in line with shoulders, of course, knee over ankle, shoulders over wrists and the bandhas. Students have to slow down and take a good look at their alignment and maybe back up from where they were used to going. I see a lot of sagging in poses, leaning into joints as well as non-straight spines. It isn't as easy as one would think to get these straight lines. It's about seeing what is present and adjusting appropriately. It's about being awake! No sleepwalking through your practice or phoning it in. But that's the joy of it!!! That's the practice! I've included some pics of typical poses with poor and good alignment. Click on the pic to view the description of each pose. 
Barbara Hand Clow, an author and Pleiadian channeler, says that when you do yoga, sacred dance, tai chi, any these forms of movement that are based on geometrical balance, you pull your ideal 6th dimension form into your body. The reason you want to do this is if you align your 6th dimensional ideal form with your 3rd dimensional form, you don't get aches and pains, arthritis.… you continue to look like an integral balanced geometrical human being.

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