What if I told you that there was a single yoga pose that could promote physical strength and stability as well as balance of body and mind? What if I told you that this same pose, if practiced regularly, could also permanently relieve backache as well as occasional indigestion and even troublesome symptoms of menopause?
This pose is called Triangle pose, or Trikonasana in Sanskirt- tri, meaning three and kona, meaning corner. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing yoga for many years, Triangle is an excellent back and core strengthener. It stretches the legs, muscles around the knees, ankle joints, groin muscles, hamstrings, abdominals, obliques, back, calves, and the shoulders- just to name a few. But not only does Triangle keep our bodies supple and flexible- helping to prevent the effects of osteoporosis and arthritis, it also aids our bodies in getting rid of toxins through a subtle twisting motion. Triangle is even used therapeutically for anxiety, neck pain, sciatica, and infertility.
To practice Triangle, first, stand on the top of your mat. Inhale and quarter turn step out to the right about 4 feet, turn your right foot out, and bring your arms to a “T.” Next, exhale and reach out over the right hip and then bring your right hand to your right first toe, ankle, or shin, depending on how flexible you are feeling that day. Inhale and stretch up through your left fingertips, gazing past your left hand. Remain here for however long is comfortable before exhaling and looking down at your right foot. Finally, inhale and rise up to standing with your arms out in a strong “T” shape and repeat on your other side. The goal is to feel long and extended while maintain even, easy breath.
Maddy | Yogi Confessor