Friday, May 22, 2015

Trikonasana aka Triangle Pose

This posture is called Trikonasana or Triangle pose. Start with your feet about 3-4 feet apart with your legs straight but not locked. Turn your right toes towards the right wall and the left toes slightly inward. Lift your arms to shoulder height parallel to the floor with the palms facing down. Reach your upper body to the right as your hips move slightly to the left. Do not over do this movement. Cartwheel your right arm down to your shin or block. Please keep in mind that most people who reach to the floor are moving their bodies out of correct alignment. Lift your left arm towards the sky in line with your right arm. The arms are stretching away from each other and the head turns up if your balance allows. If not, look down. Hold for 4-5 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

This pose helps the flexibility of the spine. It can also stretch the shoulders, help with neck pain, lower back pain. It also strengthens your legs, ankles and abdominals.

If you are just beginning your practice or have issues with balance do this posture against a wall for support and proper alignment.

Happy triangling. Much love!!

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