Visual Yoga Blog: The Yogic Tripod

Via Ricardo das Neves
on Sep 21, 2011
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What do people do now that cell phone cameras are replacing regular cameras… and it’s hard to find a tripod to mount the phones for those group portraits where you want to include yourself?

The yogic tripod is not, I repeat, not a solution to this issue, but it is a nice little inversion/hip opener/quadriceps stretcher. And that’s worth taking a picture of.


  1. Lie face down with your arms extended and your palms on the floor next to your thighs.
  2. Bend your left knee so your left shin is straight up.
  3. Press on your hands, lift your right leg, and rest your right thigh atop your left foot. If you can’t quite get the thigh atop the left foot, try the knee. If you can’t rest the knee there, try the shin. But the higher up you’re able to prop your right leg, the greater the stretch into the hip and quad of the propped-up leg.
  4. Breathe. Wait for your body to settle into the pose. Five to ten long breaths is a good general guideline. Yes, you will be slightly tilted to one side in this position. It’s normal. Switch to the other side when you feel ready.

BENEFITS: An easy, virtually effortless inversion with the aforementioned quad and hip joint opening.

AVOID IF: The hip on the raised leg hurts.

OTHER THOUGHTS: You can wedge your cell phone camera between the big toe and the second toe on the raised leg and you’ll have the tripod you need. But you still won’t be able to be in the picture with your friends.


About Ricardo das Neves

Ricardo das Neves is the author of Unenlightened: Confessions of an Irreverent Yoga Teacher, and is occasionally known to tweet (@spirithumor). See more VISUAL YOGA BLOGS here. When he’s not trying to be funny, he acts very serious teaching yoga classes in and around Seattle. Subscribe to future VISUAL YOGA BLOGS here. Connect with him on Google+


5 Responses to “Visual Yoga Blog: The Yogic Tripod”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    LOL!! 🙂 Nice!!

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  2. pi069 says:

    i am not sure that the big ass redneck yogi master could get into this pose but it is great for those not so encumbered. LOL

  3. drbinder says:

    You can do it Pi!

  4. drbinder says:

    This pose is tempting me like a big piece of organic vegan chocolate cake!

  5. pi069 says:

    It looks like a pose that I may have practiced in my youth Brent – but I don't think it was yoga all those long years ago