Benefits of Triangle Pose

Trikonasana, or Triangle, pose is a favorite of mine for numerous reasons. Triangle pose is a great back and core strengthener. The twisting action also acts as a massage to our internal organs, helping them to remain in top function and maintain their ability to rid toxins. This pose requires lengthening in the spine, sidewaist, legs and arms while remaining strong, focused and balanced. I also find this pose quite playful – the reaching of the arms forward, then gracefully switching the direction of the arm reach, while feeling extension and expansion throughout the entire body. Have fun while you practice this pose and reap the great benefits that follow!
Stepping into Utthita Trikonasana:
Stand on your mat, feet about 3-4 feet apart. Rotate your front foot forward, and the back foot in at a slight angle. Press all four corners of your feet into the mat. Engage your quadriceps and feel the strength in your legs keeping you balanced and stable. Raise your arms to shoulder level, palms facing down. Tuck your front hip back, as you simultaneously reach your front fingers forward. Keep reaching as far as you can, finding a lengthening in your spine and side waist. Keep reaching the crown of your head forward, and then rotate your arms, stacking one shoulder on top of the other.  Rest your bottom hand on your shin, on a block behind your front shin, or fingertips to the mat while your top arm reaches for the sky. Open your chest, and begin rotating your torso toward the ceiling. Relax your top rib cage down as you lengthen your bottom ribcage toward the front of your mat. Gently pull your belly in, lean back slightly, and soften around your lower ribcage. Gaze down, to the side or toward the ceiling. Hold for 5-8 breaths, and then switch sides.
Physical Benefits:
Increases mobility of your hip joints
Strengthens and tones muscles of your thighs
Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, hips, knees and ankles
Stretches your spinal muscles, shoulders and chest
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Collateral Benefits:
Relieves stress
Improves digestion and constipation
Helps to alleviate back pain and symptoms or menopause
Used therapeutically for anxiety, infertility, neck pain and sciatica


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