Balancing poses demand our full wakeful attention, they can give us a deep sense of calm even though they require intense, unwavering alertness.
To find our center of gravity, we must dance around its edges and align our body’s center of gravity with the earth’s gravitational field. Tristana helps us achieve this challenge.
Tristana is a three-fold approach to yogasana:
- Ujjayi Pranayama (breathing technique)
- Bandhas (energy locks or seals)
- Dristi (looking focus).
Through this method you are able to develop control of the senses. It also gives you deep awareness of yourself, your inner sensations, emotions and workings of the mind. Tristana will help you develop steadiness of body and mind.
Prana means “energy.” Pranayama is the method of gaining control over the subtle energies in the body by using the breath. This particular pranayama involves partially closing off the glottis (the muscle at the back of the throat used for swallowing) as you inhale and exhale.
The word bandha means “lock” or “seal” and refers to the activation of muscles that act to control the flow of life force energy (prana) around the body during practice.
- Uddiyana bandha (the belly lock) This bandha is engaged when this area is drawn towards the spine whilst retaining a soft upper abdomen.
- Mula bandha (the root lock) is located at the base of the spine
- Jalandhara bandha (the chin lock) is performed by extending the chin forward and drawing it back toward the throat where the clavicle bones meet. This bandha is not used in the physical practice of asana.
This is your point of focus and should be used to assist in drawing your awareness inward.
By using these tools, you deepen your experience
Lets practice our balance!