This month we’re exploring a classic yoga pose which appears in most styles of yoga. This one is regularly partaken by beginners and advanced alike, because of the many ongoing benefits and challenges of the pose. Welcome, triangle pose! Triangle has a sanskrit name – Trikonasana – Tri means 3, Kona means angle and asana means pose. When you see the shape, it’s easy to understand how it got it’s name!
Like all yoga poses, triangle feels different every time you practice it, really depending on how much energy you have, what season it is, how stiff your body is, what you ate today or where you are in your menstrual cycle! It’s incredible to feel all the different places in the body triangle will affect.
Benefits of Triangle pose include:
- The oblique muscles (in the sides of the waist) are strengthened
- Legs are stretched along the inner thighs and knees, along with the ankle joints, hips, groins and hamstrings
- Encourages balance from the feet upwards
- Knees, ankles, legs, abdominals and back are strengthened
- Abdominal organs are stimulated, improving function
- Improves digestion and constipation
- Helps to alleviate back pain
- Helps alleviate symptoms of menopause
- Used therapeutically for anxiety, infertility, neck pain and sciatica
Being a gentle twist too, triangle aids a strong back, keeping it flexible and supple and working up from the sacrum all the way to the neck. As with all twisting action, the internal organs are stimulated and massaged, keeping them on form to rid toxins.
How to do Triangle Pose in 5 Easy Steps – Trikonasana
- Separate your feet by approximately the length of one of your own legs, around 3 or 4 foot. Line your two big toes up exactly to bring your hips into alignment.
- Turn both sets of toes to the right, so your right foot points directly away from you and your left foot is angled around 45 degrees. Ensure your whole right leg is rotating externally from the hip down.
- Bring your arms out to your sides level with your shoulders and reach your hands away from each other with palms facing down. Let your shoulders soften away from your ears.
- Reach forwards over your right big toe, bending from the hip and keeping both sides of your waist as equal in length as possible. Press firmly down with your outer left foot and right big toe, keeping your balance and connection to the ground. When you can’t reach any further, take your right hand directly down toward the floor, stopping where you feel resistance. Keep your belly pulling back and engage both legs fully. Draw your right shoulder down and away from your ear.
- Try to lean back, keeping your top shoulder and heart open and at the same time, try to keep your tailbone pointing directly to your left heel. Your gaze can be up to the top hand, or if irritating for the neck, look to the side or down. Reach through both arms and the crown of your head as you feel length through you whole spine. Take 3-5 full slow breaths before softening the right knee a little and rising back up using the obliques (sides of the waist) to get you there.
Here’s in-house Guildford Yoga teacher Charlotte Temple, giving a beautiful demo of triangle with and without a yoga brick for support. Remember, you don’t have to touch the floor with your hand – you can just hover your hand wherever it’s comfortable to rest.
If you suffer from high or low blood pressure or have diagnosed neck problems, this may be a pose to avoid. There is an element of balance required for this pose, so it may be wise to consult with a doctor before attempting.
Explore this and the many other yoga poses that can bring flexibility and strength to your body, as well as peace and calm to your mind. Why not Book a class at the Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford Studio Today and see the how the immense journey of yoga can change your life for the better?
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