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the DFL and Functional Lines, while using the arms and
shoulders as temporary 'legs', i.e. as compressional
support for much of the rest of the body's weight.
A Lines analysis for yoga teachers
A lines analysis such as yoga teachers might use in their
assessments of students' progress and where the next
best challenge might be is offered here for two more
complex poses. The two poses used are the Triangle
pose (Trikanasana - Fig. 10.41, see also Fig. 6.22A and
B, p. 142) and Revolved Lateral Angle pose (Parivritta
Parsvakonasana - see Fig. 10.42).
Triangle pose (Fig. 10.41)
Compare the position in Figure 10.41 A to those in 10.41B
and 10.410 The woman in Figure 10.41 A is an experi-
enced and certified teacher. The older gentleman in
10.41B has been practicing for some time. The fellow in
10.41 C is a new student. Moving from left to right, we see
a progressive inability to lengthen certain myofascial
meridians. Although this progression could be defined
in terms of individual muscles (and has been, or , it is more usefully
considered in terms of these lines - and such an analysis
runs closer to the experience of the yoga practitioner.
The most obvious difference is in the extensibility of
the models' left Lateral Line. In 10.41 A, the LL opens
with ease from the lateral arch of the back foot up the
outside of the leg to the iliac crest, across the waist and
ribs to the neck. Looking at the other two (B and C), we
see the tension along the outside of the leg, the reluc-
tance of the abductors to let the pelvis move away from
the femur and the resultant difficulty in getting the ribs
to move away from the pelvis.
Although the obvious way to measure this is in the
angle the trunk makes to the floor, another interesting
way to look at this factor is from the opposite side. Look
at the space between the right arm and the right hip in
each photo. The contracture in the lower left LL in 10.41 B
and C creates the need for contraction along the upper
right LL. In A, the right LL of the trunk is allowed to
Fig. 10.40 Balancing poses.
Fig. 10.41 Trikanasana (Triangle pose) as performed by (A) an experienced teacher, (B) an experienced student, and (C) a neophyte
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