One way to prepare for parivrtta trikonasana (twisting triangle pose) is to do a standing forward bend with one leg forwards and the other back.
Prior to bending forwards, push your hips from side to side. So that you improve control (and awareness) focus on keeping your pelvis facing the front as you move your hips from side to side.
Another exercise is to move your hips backwards and forwards. Moving forwards you front-leg-hip will lift higher than the back-leg-hip. Moving your pelvis backwards the opposite will happen.
Try both of these movements while bent forwards and then while actually twisting.
As you get used to feeling your pelvis, you can then hold it stationary while doing parivrtta trikonasana. You can start with your pelvis level from left to right and square to the front. Then vary its position to change the feel of the pose. You could start with a position that is less intense and then move towards a more intense position.
Another technique is to use the easier position as your starting point and move in and out the more challenging position in sync with your breath.
If using this method, make the movements as smooth as possible (and slow also) so that you breath is slow and smooth.
While holding the parivrtta trikonasana, you can scan your body as follows:
Having a body scan list is being a pilot and having a checklist both to make sure that things go right and so that you do everthing possible to save the plane when things go wrong.
For each of the above items you could "scan" your parivrtta trikonasana in time with your breath. So for example,
Another method, especially when just learning or practicing, is to spend about 3 seconds on each adjustment. Use longer if you need to but do each adjustment and give yourself time to feel the effects, and then move on to the next one.
This can be especially important when setting parivrtta trikonasana up (ready for take-off)
Say for example you start from a standing position.
Use your awareness to breath life into your pose and then to relax it.
Inspired by Thomas Myers Anatomy Trains, sequenced muscle activation provides a framework for anchoring muscle trains for maximum effect with minimum effort.
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I've added part 2 to the description of this routine. Parts 3 and 4 to come (the videos are already on youtube.
This routine, with accompanying videos, includes knee strengthening exercises as well as exercises for basic strengthening, improving stability and balance. It also helps you to improve body awareness.
My latest video, some tips for getting comfortable in the deep squat. And suggestions for shifting weight to one leg while in a deep squat.
The seated get up is a way of getting into the one legged squat from a seated position. Even if you aren't interested in one leg squats this video does include tips on stabilizing the knees (at about the 5 minute mark.) Usual muscle activations for knee stability might include the quads, the hamstrings or any of the glutes. This looks at another set of muscles all together. If you like the video or find it helpful, please do share it! Thanks!
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This yoga routine video is designed to help you strengthen your arms and legs via the use of friction and pressure. It also teaches you how to become more aware of your body.