Thursday, December 3, 2009

Triangle Pose – The Right Way

Trikonasana (triangle pose) is a great pose that many of us love. It strengthens the legs, stretches the groins, hamstrings, hips, wrist, and spine--all while opening the chest and shoulders. Different types of yoga teach this pose differently, and there really isn’t a “right way” to do it, so the title of this post is slightly deceptive. However, the most important thing to remember about this pose--to get the most out of it-- is that you should aim to form three triangles (do you see them? . . . just in case, I’ve pointed them out) . . .

You may have to work up to this. You can start off using a block and work up to putting your hand on to the floor. Then you can work up to making the three triangles. Either way, if you have never done this pose please don’t try it for the first time without a teacher, instructional video, or seasoned yogi nearby to guide you (you could hurt your side). That’s why I’m not offering step-by-step instructions here.

Choose wellness.


Hotep said...

Pretty impressive. Do you have to be double jointed in order to do some of these moves?

Tarica June said...

No, you don't have to be double-jointed (lol). Flexibility helps, but with each pose you can start off small and work up to the full extensions.