There’s a lot of things out there that can get you healthy and fit. Choose a few and do them.
If you didn’t look much further than this page, then here’s one: the triangle pose. It’s a pretty simple yoga pose. I learned it once from a nice, quiet evening class in Alhambra a few years ago.
- Stand tall with your feet together and hands together at chest level.
- Take a deep breath into your belly.
- Open your arms straight out to the sides, parallel to the floor, with palms facing the ground.
- Keeping your feet pointed forward, slowly scoot them apart to the sides. Stop when your feet are at about the same distance as your hands, or when comfortable.
- Carefully pivot your feet to face the left. Left toes to the left, pointed as straight to the side as is comfortable. Right heel to the right, foot can be at an angle.
- Keeping your knees as straight as you can, anchor your hips back to the right and tilt your torso slowly over your left leg. Keep your arms straight to the sides like a “T”.
- Tilt down and stop before your torso bends. Let your left arm come down to your leg and rest your hand where it naturally falls.
- Position your right arm vertical and keep your head neutral.
- Balance by two mechanisms. Keep your left leg taut and “pull” against your hamstring. At the same time, push your hips forward and “lock” yourself into place.
- Take easy breaths, and try to breathe deeply through your nose.
- After a few breaths, once you’ve found equilibrium, pull back up. Keep your torso straight, push your hips back to center, and regain the upright posture with arms to the sides.
- Slowly scoot your feet back to center.
- Bring your hands together at the chest and bring yourself to full height.
- Have a gentle breath in, and let it out slowly as you relax your arms down.
- Repeat to the other side.
This might not be the best yoga pose, but it’s the one I do.
The thing I love about this pose is that it sort of stretches me out, especially in the midsection, and it just calms me down. It’s probably because I use it as a small meditation time. I feel so good after doing it, especially when I’m outside, but even when I’m indoors it’s great.
The triangle pose is one of those things I’ve just been very grateful to have picked up and use almost every day. I can take it with me anywhere, and it helps to anchor me. It’s like making the bed every morning. Another simple practice that brings continuing benefit.
We’re always going to see the newest diet or exercise or gadget that’s supposed to make all the difference. If you’ve taken some practices into the fold before, and stopped doing them because of different reasons, try bringing some of those little things back. Some of the best long term practices don’t always make a big impact the first few times, but over the months and years you get a lot out of them.
What simple practices do you have?