Last weekend, Pelle and I decided to travel to the number of different local hotspots to hike and practice yoga. Our two labradors, Ebba and Tundra followed along. On Saturday afternoon we enjoyed a beautiful hike up one of the little hills by Thetis Lake in Colwood to do some yoga at the top. As you can see in the picture above, there is a gorgeous view of there. Depending which direction you look, you can see View Royal, Langford, the Highlands and Colwood.
One of the postures we practiced was Triangle pose. Triangle pose is one of the first poses that you might learn in a beginner yoga class. We cover all aspects of this pose in the Level 1 Feel Good Yoga Teacher Training program.
In sanskrit, Triangle pose is called Trikonasana. Tri means three and Kona means angle. This translates into three angle posture. The triangle represents the three forces of nature: tamas (inertia), rajas (action), and sattva (harmony). It also represents the tripartite expression of the Cosmic Self: Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver; and Shiva, the destroyer and the interplay of dependency, independence, and interaction.
The number three is heavily loaded with symbolism. In fairy tales, the number three is often magical and most families are built upon the structure of mother, father and child (or children). In the Christian and Catholic religions God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit form the holy Trinity and in Hinduism Brahma, Siva, and Visnu form a similar structure. The Lord of yoga, Siva, holds a three-pronged sceptre that represents the state of satchitananda (truth, bliss, and consciousness).
By Laura Phelps
Laura Phelps is the director of the Feel Good Yoga Teacher Training program on the Westshore of Victoria BC in Langford.
Langford is a 20 minute drive from the downtown core of Victoria. Colwood and View Royal are 5 minutes away from Langford. Sooke is also a nearby community located close to Langford.