Hello everyone, how are you?
I will be writing the final blogpost for TTC as our exams are tomorrow. I apologise for the slight delay in uploading this as I just returned from U2’s concert at the National Stadium.
U2 is an amazing band and many of their songs carry political messages, they opened the concert with Bloody Sunday and closed with One Love. Many of their songs preached universal peace and many talked about understanding a situation from various perspectives.
Some things in life need not be only viewed from the front, there can be other useful angles for observation too!
I was wondering of how I was just revising adjustments of asanas a few days ago. Similarly, there are 3 planes where instructors can inspect and modify their student’s asanas and muscle movements.
The frontal or coronal plane of movement dissects the front of the body from the back.
The movements along this plane can be easily seen from the front or back of the body. Imagine an axis drawn from the top of your head down the centre of your body which splits it left and right, meaning any time you abduct (move away from the middle axis line) and adduct (move toward the middle axis line)
The transverse plane of movement divides the body into upper and lower portions. All movements in this plane involve rotation, either inward (internal rotation) or outward (external rotation). It is important to note that Joints which permit rotation include the shoulder and hip.
In yoga, asanas that move in this plane are twists like Marichyasana D.
The sagittal plane of movement dissects the right and left sides of the body.
Sagittal plane movements take place when we move our body front or back such as forward folds or backbends. We can often adjust the students alignment in postures like Vrksasana by observing from the side of the body for the lifted leg which may tilt front or back, or the hips which may not be lifted. Kakasana and ukatasana can be also accurately observed and modified from the sides of the body.