Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hey there Youthful Yogis!
Today we are talking math....but don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to find the square root of a binary integer equivalent to two thirds of a simplified denominator  (I just made that up, please don't try to solve that problem at home. I'm pretty sure there's no answer!)

Today's math is not about simplified denominators, it's about something much more exciting....geometry!

As I'm sure you know, geometry is all about shapes: ovals, lines, rhomboids, squares...and who doesn't love a circle?!  Most Youthful Yogis appreciate shapes of all kinds, but there is one that is often their favorite. Hint: it looks like a slice of pizza and it has the same name as a yoga pose.

If you guessed a triangle, you are correct!!!

Triangle pose, known in Sanskrit as Utthita Trikonasana or extended triangle, stretches the legs, hips, shoulders and chest. Here's how you do it:

Step your feet wide apart and turn your right foot out 90 degrees so that the toes point away from your body. Turn your left foot slightly to the right and extend your arms so they are parallel to the floor. Extend your right arm long, as if you are trying to touch something that is far away, this will stretch the middle of your body (your torso) also. Finally, bring your right hand down to your right shin or thigh and lift the left arm high. Open wide! If you are watching a friend do this pose, you can count the number of triangles that you see. Make sure you do the pose on both sides.

Have fun with triangle pose as you create your very own geometry. And maybe when you're done, you'll feel like going out for pizza!