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Sacred Geometry Yoga Part 2

Chaturanga Dandasana: This is the yoga push up done well. The student has L shaped arms in line and next to his body and a straight line from head to toe. He has pushed forward as he lowered from plank and is on the balls of the feet rather than pressing through his heels as in plank. This girl in collapsing her shoulders lower that her elbows which is very bad for the shoulders which are not supposed to be weight bearing. She is also not engaging her core or mula bandha which is typical when one lacks shoulder strength. She sould try lower with her belly pressed to her spine and practice lowering her entire body to the floor in one piece without the belly spilling out as it is in this pic. When she is able to do that successfully, she can work on lowering the entire body half way to the floor without collapsing her shoulders lower than her elbows or sticking her butt up in the air.  This is a woman doing chaturanga with her elbows out and not pressed to her sides and as well sagging in her back be cause she lacks arm strength sufficient enough support her weight. She should drop her knees to the floor or stick with knees chest chin pose to make it easier to keep her elbows next to her body and not harm her back while gaining strength. "Asana as Sacred Geometry: The asanas..take the form of mandalas and yantras, as can be seen by the designs of the postures in which the body assumes a variety of angles, triangles, circles and half circles. Sacred geometry involves the universal patterns existing in the design of everything in our reality....Sacred geometrical patterns are the ethereal blueprint for the arrangement and rearrangement of matter, which implies order within a system and how that system interacts with other systems....In asana, our bodies assume geometrical forms of straight and diagonal lines, circles, squares and triangles, all signifying an aspiration of convergence from duality to a unified field of consciousness....Through his emphasis on the systematic alignment of yoga poses, Mr B.K.S. Iyengar has given the world a gift. In working with him for many years, I found that alignment within the poses is not only for the anatomical and physiological balance of the body, but also to realign the individual's bioenergetic field from the alignment of the molecular structure around the body as well as within it. In other words, in yoga asana, we balance the auric field of the body while creating bilateral integrative alignment. Through their myriad of forms, asanas create energy fields."
This is Vasisthasana or Side Plank done prefectly. His head is in line with his tailbone and his wrists are in line with his shoulders. He is also engaging all three bandhas, mula, uddiyana and jaladhara which protect his neck and back. Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yoga The Practice of Myth & Sacred Geometry
This woman is attempting the advanced version of this pose but she doesn't have the strength to keep her torso from collapsing which is placing too much weight on her arms. She should be working at keeping her body in one line well before attempting either tree pose or this version of holding her foot. This is the advanced version of Ardha Matsyendrasana, seated half spinal twist done perfectly. Her head is over her tailbone. Students too eager to bind or bend both legs end up rounding their backs. One must be persistent but never working beyond one's true ability. You have to work with what is available in the moment and not rush more advanced versions of a pose. Seated Spinal Twist with easy arm variation and one straight leg. This is a less advanced variation allowing for a straight spine and an easy twist. She is flexing her foot of the extended leg which is important. He back hand is supporting her straight spine and she is not leaning on it. It's more of a kickstand to keep her back straight which is optimum. This is an well aligned Seated Spinal Twist with the bent arm variation with her elbow outside the knee which is a more advanced arm variation. If this is practiced too soon and one is not flexible in their torso, they will not twist the spine much and it might put more pressure on the back arm which is only there to keep the spine straight. The previous version with the arm in front of the knee is a better choice because of the importance of the straight spine in this pose as well as actually twisting. Don't out the cart in front of the horse. One must be patient before adding variations.

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