I woke up one morning a few days ago, and was struck by a thought. Diagonals. In yoga, we often describe a posture with a meaning to how it plays a part in our lives, how it makes us feel connected. For e.g. Tadasana - mountian pose is meant to connect yourself from the earth to sky. Backbends open our hearts and teaches us to lean back into the unknown. Twists are about unwinding and releasing tension. Every asana is a microcosm of life. But not much is said about diagonals, and there are quite a few in standard asanas.
Parsvokonasana, picture above, is a classic one. And what does it do? How does it make one feel? I know, I feel super energised and stretched out every time I perform this pose. It feels, transformational. But why? If you look at its shape, a person is literally starting in one corner, and stretching out right to the opposite corner of a 'square'. One is physically, with all her energy, rooting her base into the ground on the right, and reaching far across space, to the sky on the left. It crosses the ida and pingala, the heaven and earth, ying and yang. So when you come into parsvokonasa, or even trikonanasana (triangle) or any side bends, you are putting your body into a transformational space. You are staying rooted to your foundation, but also reaching for your furthest goals on the other side of the world.
So yeah. Diagonals. Wow. Yoga ceases to amaze me.