The Triangle pose, or Trikonasana, is one of the foundational asanas commonly a part of any practice. The root of trikonasana, trikona, means "three angle" in Sanskrit. Like many standing poses, it is designed to root the spirit of the practitioner with the earth.
About Triangle Pose
Triangle pose extends many benefits, including:
- Stretches the lower body and spine
- Activates the abdominals for ease of digestion
- Relieves menopausal symptoms, backache, and stress
Step into the Pose
To Perform Triangle Pose
- Begin in Mountain Pose.
- On an exhale, extend your legs three-to-four feet apart.
- Raise the arms parallel to the floor, palms facing downward.
- Align your feet so the left foot is turned slightly inward, the right foot turned 90 degrees.
- Align the body: shoulder blades down, right knee in line with right foot.
- Inhale, and then, on an exhale, extend the torso over to the right, bending at the hip, arm straight, right hand either on the floor, on a block for support, or on the shin.
- Breathe, holding the pose for about 30 seconds before repeating the sequence on the left side.
For more instructions on Triangle pose, visit Yoga Journal.
For more support, practice this pose against a wall. Leave your top hand on your hip, your lower hand on your shin.Make sure to keep the arms and legs "activated" - that is, you are reaching into the pose, instead of pushing into it.
Deepen the pose by stretching the top arm alongside the side of the head, and then turn the head upward.