Triangle Pose

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Triangle pose is known as ‘Utthita Trikonasana’ in sanskrit. This posture benefits your mental and physical equilibrium, it also eases stress and anxiety. Triangle pose strengthens your knees, hips, and core. If you suffer from migraines or high blood pressure it is best to not lift your hand over the head while performing this posture. The geometric shape of a triangle has many symbolic meanings. The three sides of a triangle represent the number three which symbolizes manifestation. The shape resembles the ancient pyramids which were also used to worship the sun.

Try out Utthita Trikonasana with this break down!

  • Stand at the top of your mat, take a deep inhale. Exhale as you lower your torso into a forward fold.
  • Inhale as your hands and reach for the mat and exhale step back with your right foot into a runner’s lunge.
  • Inhale as you lift your hands to your hips and exhale while you ground down through both feet. Straighten out both legs.
  • Your front foot should be pointed to the front of the mat and back foot at a 45 degree angle.
  • With hands on your hips take an inhale as you lift your arms to the side at shoulder height. Exhale and shift your right hip towards the back of your mat, this is a micro shift.
  • With arms lifted at shoulder height and right hip shifted back, inhale as you reach forward with your left hand.
  • Exhale and lower your left hand to your left inner thigh, at the same time lift your right hand up to the sky. Take a deep inhale as you look up to your right hand. Exhale and sustain this pose for a few breaths.
  • Remember to keep an elongated spine and to not crunch into the side on which you are bending into.
  • Follow your breath and you will be able to maintain this posture.
  • Next step is to REPEAT on the other side!

This pose is complex for beginners, it took me a while to be able to hold it comfortably. Take your time getting into the posture, this is why I recommend taking it slow using runner’s lunge as well as Warrior 1 and 2. Become comfortable with both warriors before performing Triangle Pose. Remember it takes time to build certain muscles and strength to fully maintain any posture so just keep at it!

Sending you many manifestations and the energy of the sun through the symbolic triangle!

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