Triangle Pose (or Trikonasana in Sandskrit) is a strengthening and empowering pose that helps energize the body and bring focus and awareness to the mind. It also opens up the heart and helps you to find beauty in that vulnerability.
It has many physical benefits, which include strengthening the legs, knees, ankles arms and chest as well as opening up the groin and hips, stretching the hamstrings and calves as well as the upper body and the spine. Because your body is in one line when doing Triangle Pose, you are also increasing mental and physical equilibrium. The focus and breath helps to relax the mind and release anxiety, reduce stress by channeling that energy into the pose and all of its alignment aspects, and can help relieve back pain and sciatica.
Contraindications include migraines, diarrhea, low or high blood pressure, neck or back injuries. If you have high blood pressure, you could do this pose but without raising the arm over head.
Triangle pose isn’t particularly difficult, but there are a few key alignment pieces that are important to keep in mind when getting into it.
To get into Triangle Pose, stand sideways on your mat and separate your feet a comfortable distance apart (always pay attention to your body and its signals. You will know your own flexibility at this moment or on this particular day).
Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and the left foot in slightly by 15 degrees (or you can leave it straight if that feels better on your knee).
Now take a look at your right heel and check to make sure that if you drew a line from the heel to the left foot, it would intersect at the arch of the left foot. Make sure your weight is equally distributed between both feet.
Bring both arms up into a T position (but make sure the shoulders stay relaxed), with the right arm over the right leg and the left are over the left leg. Imagine your whole body is sandwiched between two windows. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, hinging from the waist, lean over the right leg, reaching the right arm as far forward as you can before bending down and placing the right hand on either your right thigh, shin, a block or the finger tips can come to the floor (depending on your level of flexibility). The left arm raise up toward the ceiling, palm facing forward.
KEY ALIGNMENT TIP: If your left shoulder is rolling forward or your left hip is rolling forward, COME UP on the right leg until you are able to have the left shoulder and hip back and in line with the rest of the body, and your pelvis and chest are wide open (again, imagine you are sandwiched between two windows if that visual helps).
You can either look to the floor, straight forward or up toward your left thumb, depending on neck sensitivities or injuries.
And of course, breathe, breathe, breathe. Release, let go. Imagine drawing in energy from the skies into your left hand and let it run through the body and release anything that doesn’t serve you into the ground beneath you.
As you come up, you can slightly bend that front knee or press sternly into both feet and gently lift out of the pose and release the arms to your sides. Repeat on the other leg.
Suggested affirmations: I am in alignment with my divine life’s purpose. I am open to all life has to offer. I am receptive to love and life. I am strong and balanced. I am open. I am that I am.
Namaste everyone ❤