Lately I’ve really been trying to focus on poses that my body really needs but that I don’t do very frequently. Triangle Pose is one of those. It is an incredibly lengthening pose that helps stretch and open the body. It is also a strengthening pose and carries so many benefits to the internal organs. It’s not an easy pose to do and poor form can cause more damage than good. If you’re just practicing at home and not with a yoga teacher, I’d encourage you to do this pose in front of a mirror or have someone take a picture of you so you can check your form and really get the true benefits from this pose.
Begin in a wide legged stance on your yoga mat, with your feet about 3-4 feet apart.
Turn your left foot so that your toes are pointing to your left and ensure the heel lines up with the arch of the right foot.
Bend your left leg so the knee is directly over your ankle.
Stretch your left arm over your knee so that your fingers pass your toes.
Then lower the left hand down towards the ground resting it at your shin, ankle, or on the floor, pointing the palm away from your body.
Lift your right arm straight above you facing your palm forward intending to stack the shoulders on top of each other bringing the arms in one straight line.
Straighten your left leg.
Draw the shoulder blades back towards each other to open the chest.
Gaze up at your hand and down towards the ground.
Strengthens and tones the core muscles and thighs
Strengthens the knees and ankles
Stretches the hips, groin, hamstrings, chest, and shoulders
Improves balances and aids concentration
Stimulates function of the abdominal organs
Helps relieve back pain and improves posture