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The Triangle

December 6, 2023
December 6, 2023 Jennifer Doran

The Triangle

TriangleThis Week’s Yoga Pose, The Triangle.

Triangle Pose – Utthita Trikonasana: Step by Step Guide


Begin by standing at the long side of your mat, feet a leg’s distance apart.

Turn your right foot out, toes pointing to the short edge of the mat, and pivot your left toes in about 45 degrees for stability.

Body Alignment:
Engage both legs, rolling the right thigh outward so that the right knee aligns with the first two toes.

Lengthen through both sides of the waist, draw the lower belly in and upward, and extend your arms parallel to the floor.

Transition into the Pose:
Inhale and reach to the right, extending your body over the right leg, shifting your hips toward the back of the mat.

Exhale as you bring your right arm down, placing your hand on the leg, the floor, or a block. Rotate your ribs toward the ceiling.

Point the left arm straight up to the ceiling, hand in line with your shoulder, palm facing forward.

Alignment Focus:
Lengthen through the sides of the neck, ensuring it aligns with your spine. Keep your gaze straight ahead or slightly tuck the chin and turn to look up toward your left hand.

Maintain a relaxed face and gentle breath, pressing through the feet, extending fingertips and crown of the head, and rotating the ribcage.

Exiting the Pose:
To exit, press your feet firmly into the floor, inhale, and reach your left arm up to the ceiling as you return to a standing position.

Pivot your heels and prepare to repeat the sequence on the other side.

Tips for Beginners:

Use a block for support on the inside or outside of the foot, depending on what feels comfortable for your body.

Press firmly through the feet to create a lightness in the upper body, employing the press-rebound effect.

Benefits of Triangle Pose:
Strengthens the legs and back.

Stretches the inner thighs, hamstrings, calves, spine, shoulders, chest, and opens the hips.

Energizes, balances, and improves focus.

Stimulates abdominal organs.

Embrace the mindful flow of the Triangle Pose, and let the union of strength, flexibility, and balance guide you through this enriching yoga experience.