Asana practice is a dance with gravity. If you change the body’s relationship with gravity even slightly, the work – and even the intent – of the posture can change significantly. The ability to perform a posture on different planes has long fascinated me, and has remained one of my favorite elements of yoga asana. By exploring the posture on multiple planes, we gain a deeper understanding of and ability to perform the foundational pose.
Below is a series of photographs all demonstrating Utthita Trikonasana, extended triangle pose. As the plane that the posture is performed on changes, many other things change: the posture’s name, level of difficulty, anatomical focus, etc. But at its core the pose is still Utthita Trikonasana. The outward form changes, but the essence remains. This can be done with any number of postures; I simply chose Utthita Trikonasana because the pose intrigues me.