Pose of The Month 2017 is drawn from a few of the projects I worked on in 2016.

Several of this year's offerings are taken from two chapters I wrote for a new book by Frank Lipman MD: 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat...And How You Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!

Other (restorative) poses are from a project which showed how to practice when props are not available. A few are repeats from previous years. Still more were written especially for this website.

The twelve poses strung together, one for every month of the year, make up a balanced sequence for you to practice.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October

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Utthita Trikonasana
triangle pose

Practice time: 20–30 seconds.

Models: Michelle la Rue and Bobby Clennell.

Stand up straight and tall. With an inhalation, jump your feet three and a half to four feet apart and swing your arms out to the sides. Fully stretch your arms and legs and raise your chest.

Feel what alertness comes to your spine and organic body when you lift the inner ankles.

Turn your right foot out. At the same time, turn your right leg from the root of the thigh out. Roll your right outer thigh toward your left thigh. Take a few breaths.

Exhale and bend sideways over your right leg.

Take hold of your right shin, and as you do so, firm both legs: press the outer edge of your left foot down and pull up your kneecaps.

Make sure that your right side hip and right armpit are level with each other. Press your pelvis forward and roll your left hip and torso back. With a circular action, move your right buttock closer to the bone. Cut your right shoulder-blade forward toward your right breast; release your right shoulder back.

Breathing normally, raise your left arm and look up. Move the shoulder-blades into the body.

Try touching your right hand to the floor, keeping your pelvis pressed forward, aligned over your right foot as you do so. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Eyes passive. Allow the brain to come down into the body.

Practice note: To help keep your shoulders, feet and hips in alignment, and for a less strenuous way of practicing, do this pose with your shoulders and buttocks against the wall and your hand on a block.

Do not allow your body weight to come down too much onto your front leg hand.

With thanks and gratitude to my teachers, BKS Iyengar (1918-2014), Prashant Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Abhijata Sridhar, and Sunita Parthasarthy.

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